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Davis - I want to stay/JD knows the pressures on

Davis - I want to stay/JD knows the pressures on

Sean Davis has told The News that he wants to stay at Pompey - it is now up to the club to decide if this is going to happen...

He looked a nailed on dead cert to leave in the summer, but for whatever reason did not, despite rumoured reports that he turned down a move to Celtic - which he confirmed. As others went he remained, then his chance came and as he did last season he took it.

Davis says that he has asked for a new deal but nothing has been offered to him, so all he can do is wait and see what happens: 'It's up to the club really. I want to stay.

'I asked for a contract last season and haven't heard back since. All I can do is get my head down and see what happens, but I want to play here.

'I had the chance to move to Celtic but wanted to stay in the Premier League and go on a journey with Portsmouth Football Club.

'Obviously, I came to the club when they were in a desperate situation. Now they have moved on. That's progress, and I want to move with the club as well.

'Portsmouth are going in the right direction - the owner's given good backing and hopefully we can go on a run. I don't want to go anywhere else but at the moment I have no idea where my future will be.

'The ball's in their court, it's always been in their court.'

I still get the impression that Harry Redknapp would not think twice about bringing in somebody new if he had the finances to do so, so I feel that Davis would end up in the same position as he did last season - he would play extremely well, but as soon as someone else came along he would be out! Although to be fair if you had to pick between Davis and Lassana Diarra, as we did in January, there is only one winner.

Given the same situation in January there is little doubt in my mind the same would happen again, which would be a shame for the fella as he offers us something that few others in our midfield do... He is a grafter that will give his all for the side every time he plays. He might lack the quality of some, but makes up for that with his work ethic, commitment and dedication.

His contract runs out at the end of the season, and he could agree a free transfer move to another club ready for next summer in the New Year if we do not act fast - so time is running out.

To be honest looking at the midfield that we have and the chance that some of our best midfielders 'might' leave next summer, if not in January, it seems all the more important to get him to sign a new contract - but at the same time if he is one of those that Redknapp is not completely sure about if we tie him down to a longer contract his wages, which I would think are fairly good, will stay on the wage bill even if he is not featuring at all...


Jermain Defoe came off the bench for England at the weekend and scored within minutes - showing the world exactly what he can do, as if they did not know!

He is currently being selected ahead of Michael Owen at the moment, but he knows he must keep performing for us to get his chances - and he believes he can and will: 'I just want to keep improving.

'I'm playing in a good team at club level and am going to get chances to score goals. I believe that if I get chances, I'll score.

'I always work hard in training and just want to keep it going and going. If I'm doing what I'm doing then hopefully, I would back myself to keep Michael out.

'I cannot afford to get complacent. You have to do it for the whole season. It's a good feeling to get in ahead of Michael. He's a player I have always looked up to. He's a great goalscorer with a record that speaks for itself. I just want to look at myself though, work hard and keep getting my goals.'

The goal might have done enough to earn him a start against Belarus, but the chances are Fabio Capello will probably stick with Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey - even if this is not something that the majority would agree with!

Thoughts on all please guys - you know what to do...


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Date:Monday October 13 2008
Time: 1:00PM


Yes Davis is a grafter and works hard, but I can't help feeling that we lost Pedro because Davis would not move on.
13/10/2008 14:06:00
We're not exactly central midfielder heavy at the moment....could be risky to turn him away.
13/10/2008 14:22:00
spot on sneakey, and he is certainly no substitute for Muntari. Finally, finally, i'm going take Rugs paragraph that confirms Davis has not much quality but runs around alot as official Pompeyrug confirmation that he is in fact a headless!!! :-) Sadly at the moment we are light in midfield so we can't let him go :-( yet. JD can only do what he did on Saturday gone, come on and when he gets a chance take it. I think he and Crouchey will get on against Belarus or do I mean Belansebastien.
13/10/2008 15:16:00
I met Sean Davis last season and he was ever so kind and sweet - definitely the friendliest player I've for that reason I hope he stays!
13/10/2008 16:07:00
It would be suicidal to let Sean go at the moment, he is not the most talented or skilful player in the League, but he works hard and plays with his heart on his sleeve. He really wants to play for us and we need him to compliment Diarra and Hughsey. Give him a new contract and secure him for us.
13/10/2008 18:08:00
I really wish that the players didnt conduct their contract negotiations in the press. That said, I've always liked davis, and would have a spot for him in my squad.
13/10/2008 18:36:00
it really hurts me to say it but i agree we cannot let him go at the moment and of course should he prove himself that should be permanent; but on current performances when it is safe to do so get rid of him, get some class with bite in, we all seem to have short memories and i recall as Harry basically put it at the end of the transfer season he is still here because nobody else wants him on his money
13/10/2008 18:54:00
Heart and 100% effort v spasmodic skill, I know what I would choose. Even russellm is having doubts!!!!
13/10/2008 19:50:00
I like Sean, he does a good solid job. Then again if I had the choice between him or Pedro leaving . . . As for JD, what more can you ask, 5 minutes on the pitch, one chance, ball in the back of the net! Get the donkey off and J on Mr Capello.
13/10/2008 21:15:00
Actually, to be fair it was Heskeys first time through ball that gave JD the chance. If Heskey was ours we wouldn't give him the stick he's getting. Diarra is irreplaceable no matter what the money & we wouldn't get close to getting someone in. Injuries & suspensions go to show how slim our squad is of quality.
13/10/2008 21:38:00
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