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Kranjcar doubtful for Manyoo clash

Kranjcar doubtful for Manyoo clash

Niko Kranjcar is a doubt for the Manyoo game on Monday.

Yep, the Croatian is a great talent - the ability that he has on the ball is fantastic but as much as no one has really done that much in our opening games this season - the charity shield and Chelski games - Kranjcar has offered even less than most so if he has to sit out the Manyoo game is it really that bad? Could it even be a slight blessing in a way...

Whilst I would never ever wish injury on any player, especially a Pompey player, but my thinking is so long as this is not a major injury this is not such a bad thing as it will mean he has to sit out a game or two, which he quite probably would not have and with this it does open the door for others to have a chance - a chance that they might not have been given otherwise.

Armand Traore has arrived this week on loan and whilst I always saw him as a left back it has since been revealed that he has in fact been used as a left winger quite a lot in the Arsenal reserve team and has the ability to deliver a great cross, better still has pace! Just make sure you do not wind him up as he might end up brandishing a shiny pair of knuckledusters!

Check out this video of the youngster, it is a clip that NinjaTim dug out and used in the forum - so I thought I would attempt a 'video clip' insertion for the first time...

If the young Frenchman did not come in we also have Jerome Thomas, who is a natural out and out winger. Primarily a left winger, but he can also play on the right - so there is also the chance that he could be the man to come in, and why not! He has always had the ability he has just lacked the application so this could be his time?

From having nothing to offer on the left, we now have several options - and options with players that can fill a range of positions - when all are fit, and this is great.

Pace is not essential, but both of these options offer us something that Kranjcar never can - pace! We could use both Traore at left back and Thomas on the left of midfield, but Manyoo might not be the game to try this for the first time...

Do not get me wrong, I am a big fan of the fella, but is it just me or has it seemed as though Kranjcar might have been taking his place in the team for granted recently? Although you could say some others have as well! So having to be forced to sit out a game or two might give him, and of course Harry Redknapp something to think about, especially if whoever might come in does come in and shows what they can do...


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Date:Saturday August 23 2008
Time: 10:01AM


Agreed Rug. If true it's a blessing in disguise.
23/08/2008 10:16:00
Yes off form at present is Niko. Get fit, get form back and get place in team back that is what we want from our enigma.
23/08/2008 10:32:00
Whatever the team we put out, let's make it 4 out of 5! Oh yes...
23/08/2008 10:53:00
Not sure i agree, we have few players that have the ability to produce a moment of class that will open up the better teams. Probably Kranjcar, Diarra, Kanu and Utaka are the only ones, Utaka is probably unlikely to play. Not sure if Kanu is fit, but Crunchy even when not on his best form can always produce a moment of sheer class. I can't help thinking that he would be better used in the middle, as a left winger he cuts inside 99 times out of a hundred making him very predictable for defenders. In the middle those clever little balls of his could open defences right up and supply the ammo for the front two. Diarra could be holding player, Thomas on the left and either Utaka or Little on the right. Traore i'd play left back, HH has been great in that position but it shows sometimes that he's just a makeshift fix.
Steve C
23/08/2008 11:01:00
traore can now play left back and jerome thomas in front !!! chelsea say swp is up 4 sale reckon we get him permant and still loan sahar or make sahar permant and swp on loan ????
stfc ballboy
23/08/2008 13:03:00
Well now we're buggered. I'd just figured out a formation and a lineup which might give us half a chance against ManU, and now it's gone. I had us playing with Sol, Sylvain and Kaboul in defense, Diop, Diarra and Kranjcar playing in central midfield, with Glen wide right and Traore wide left, both dropping back into defense as needed, and Crouch and Defoe up front, since we apparently can't risk offending one of them by only playing 1 striker.I thought Traore taking the spot on the left was just the excuse we needed to bring Nico into centre midfield and let him have the free roll he badly needs. The only replacement in my dream formation would be Utaka, and I don't have much confidence in him being up for it.
23/08/2008 18:13:00
Ity gives a chance to someone else & hiopefully gives Niko a chance to get fit.
23/08/2008 19:43:00
Nico will be back soon, & yes this will give someone a chance too, but like others have said when nico comes back I also would like to see him given the chance in front of Diarra.
23/08/2008 20:42:00
check out the video clip ive added - its works... another first for vital pompey, hopefully i will now be able to show clips of some of our 'linked' players from now on :-)
24/08/2008 11:20:00
Worked fine Rug, but why do Utube put such cr*p soundtracks that don't fit the action.
24/08/2008 22:05:00
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