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'Arry content with his striking options

With the signing of Peter Crouch a mere formality now - and trust me this will happen, there is not a doubt about it, it is just a case of when we announce it, not if! - Harry Redknapp has said that he is happy with the striking options he has.

And with Crouch - soon, Jermain Defoe, Dave Nugent, Kanu? And the on loan Ben Sahar to choose from, not forgetting that John Utaka could easily also be used as a striker, at the end of the day why shouldn't he be happy? Speaking in The News he said: 'I'm not looking for any more strikers now, that will be it for that position.

'If Crouchie comes I will be very happy with what I've got. I've always said I wanted four or five strikers to choose from. Last year we didn't have that.

'Crouchie is obviously a quality player, he will be a fantastic signing for us. He's a good lad as well, him and Jermain together can be exciting.'

A lot of uncertainty still remains over the future of Nugent, with Sunderland - again, clearly they harbour no ill filling after the war of words last summer then? - the latest club to be 'linked' with him but although he stopped short of saying he is not for sale full stop Redknapp has said that he wants him to stay and take his chances if/when the come along this season: 'I don't want any of them to leave now. I would like to keep Nuge if possible, you need all of them this season.

'If you are competing in the UEFA Cup as well there are a lot of matches, we need strength in depth and these players give that.

'It's up to Nuge now, I'm looking for him to push on. If he gets the opportunity it's up to him to take it. He needs to come good and show what he can do.

'The first year was a big step up for him but he knows what's expected now. He's got the ability to do it, no doubt about that.

'I'm happy with them all, I don't want any to go.'

As I say I would have liked him to have said he was not for sale, not leave the door slightly ajar for him to go but all being well this will signal him staying and having the chance to prove his worth...

Sahar is only on loan until Christmas, as despite the fact that he is young and inexperienced Redknapp has little doubts about his ability too, and should it not work out he could always use the January window to do some wheeler-dealing!

We have a fantastic strike force on paper, there are still doubts about Nugent and Kanu, but hopefully these will be put to rest for the time being by what has been said about the England man. As far as 'the king' goes so long as he accepts what is on the table there should not be an issue with him - if he wants more than the year show him the door its that simple! I would rather this out of the two, and we would still have 5 strikers should that be the case taking Utaka into account.


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Date:Thursday July 10 2008

Time: 12:03PM

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HR Satisfied with what he has got!! When we will be down to the bare bones then?
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10/07/2008 12:34:00

After the first injury...lol. I agree with him that if Nugent stays then we have enough. I always think of wingers as strikers but from Harry's comments he puts them in the midfielder category as he still wants SWP.
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10/07/2008 12:43:00

1st time poster here... there's always Subotic maybe for the league cup as well maybe....
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10/07/2008 12:46:00

Hi southport & welcome. After Defoe & Crouch, we are not as strong we like to think. It does put a lot of pressure on the others to provide. I trust there still is a possible deal on for SWP, who of course is classed as a 'midfielder'.
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10/07/2008 12:50:00

cheers matt. i saw an article somewhere yesterday that any deal for SWP might be a season long loan...
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10/07/2008 12:54:00

Welcome southport - even a season long long would be good. I think with our 6 strikers in total assuming Kanu signs then we do have plenty of cover. Some of the younger lads may not have the experience but they have a lot more desire to proove themselves which can also be a key factor.
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10/07/2008 13:09:00

I was pleased to see Harry saying he doesn't want to lose Nugent, i think he we have a point to prove this season and i think he has the ability to prove it. I'd just like to urge the fans to support him the way they did Benjani and he'll come good.
Steve C
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10/07/2008 13:23:00

welcome southportpompey, the more the merrier :-)
i would be delighted to get SWP, even if it was only on a season loan - something that i had myself suggested previously. gives us nothing to lose aswell, if he cannot find his best form again we send him back at the end of it dont we, if not we sign for a pre-arranged amount.
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10/07/2008 13:27:00

yep i second that Steve C, altho i would have prefered a concrete he's not going... he will get my backing this season as i have not been able to stress enough that we have given others time, so we should give him the time too - he will come good!
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10/07/2008 13:28:00

The hard fact is of the five listed srikers, two have not signed contracts yet, one is a six month loan only and another is being continually linked with an imminent transfer!!! That leaves Defoe.
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10/07/2008 13:57:00

crouchy is sorted mr bond - trust me... even if kanu doesnt sign a contract we will still have crouch, defoe, nugent and sahar - until at least janaury - not mention utaka, who could easily play up front, so we have plenty of options!
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10/07/2008 14:32:00

Steve C I am pleased to say that Nuge always gets a good reception when he comes on the pitch, everyone here is willing him on. Don't know how long it will last though!
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10/07/2008 17:37:00

Bottom line is that we only have two proven premiership goalscorers that can play 90 minutes... It's not enough in my book ... lose Kanu and get somebody else PLEASE Harry !
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10/07/2008 19:48:00

Another first timer here... Our problem now is that can we really expect another top striker to join us on ther premise that he will be rotated? Are we not in dreamland that we now have Defoe and ...come midday tommorow, Crouch (finally we have our real `No 9`!) as our first choice strike force....I personally feel that Harry can do a deal for SWP and with Little on board allow Utaka to be used as a striker that he supposedly prefers giving us as good a cover as we could expect!!... cant wait for the new season!!
My left boot
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10/07/2008 20:37:00

i think Daves comment at the top sums i up, i also think as well as Crouch there could well be another signing announced tomorrow
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10/07/2008 20:52:00

I think Harry is looking at a few points; 1/ keeping the players we have happy. A player sitting on the bench week after week is not going to be a happy camper. 2/ Trying to bring on some of the talented but less experienced players such a Mvuemba and Cranie so we have them for the future. 3/ Getting players on loan so if the up and coming players deliver then he has space for them next season. 4/ Keeping established players such a Mendes happy and hopeful so he has a chance of keeping them. It all a bit of a juggling act but so far so good imo.
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11/07/2008 05:55:00

Good point and welcome my Left Boot
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11/07/2008 09:12:00

Agree Left boot .. a point well made... oh and welcome to Vital Pompey...
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11/07/2008 20:03:00


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