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Defoe concern/Bergkamp speaks/Appiah and more

Defoe an injury doubt
As we all know Jermain Defoe picked up a 'slight knock' against Germany for England last night, and this is leading to 'reports' that he is a doubt for Hull's trip to Fratton this weekend...

Anyone that thinks Hull will be a 'pushover' merely needs to look at the league table and their results, and how closely they have pushed the top sides this season, to know it will not be easy so we need all the players available that we can. That said 'if' we did not take the 3pts off Hull I will admit I would be disappointed!

Should Defoe miss out, and I hope that he does not, then this 'might' at least open the door to Dave Nugent - who I would prefer to partner Peter Crouch out of the rest of the bunch - and as we also have a big uefa cup game with Milan coming up next week would it really be such a bad thing to 'air on the side of caution' with the England man?


Bergkamp open to 'future' Pompey role?
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is said to have told the Dutch media that he was offered the assistant managers job at Fratton, but he turned this down due to the fact that he did not feel he was ready at this point in time - but has not ruled out a future role, after he has finished his coaching badges...

Tony Adams is leaving the door open for another person to be added to his coaching set up, with him saying that a 'young local' coach could be someone he looks at to give a chance.

Whilst Bergkamp clearly is not local, he is young and is starting out so I would not rule out a future role alongside his former Arsenal teammate, and if he could take his thinking brain that he had on the pitch, which was one of the best ever, and use it off it then we could have a fine - even if inexperienced - tactician alongside our manager in the future?


Appian to sign 'shortly'
That is the 'sensational headline' that setanta sports put to an article about Stephan Appiah committing his future to a club very soon, which instantly made me think 'were signing Appiah?' So, it did the job they wanted!

In actual fact he has not said, or claimed, who he is signing for he has merely stated that he needs his future sorted out very soon - with it then 'claimed' that he has held talks with Pompey and West Ham, although earlier in the week he was going to Spurs...

The talent and ability that the Ghanaian has cannot be doubted or disputed, but some have the fear that he is another of footballs 'mercenaries' - and those, although to be fair most are seen as that these days, are not the types I want us to have. I also ask myself 'why' has he not fixed himself up with a club yet? Is he asking too much money, is he not fully recovered from his injury so clubs have doubts, or is he just really planning out his next move and working hard on his fitness as carefully as he says?!

I would be lying if I said I would not want the 27-year-old to sign for Pompey as the thought of him alongside Lassana Diarra is quite mouth-watering - so 'if' he can prove his fitness, 'if' he is not demanding a kings ransom then 'if' its feasible bring him in - a lot of 'if's' there! I would give him a 1-year deal, and if he proves a smash hit and feels he is 'better than us' come the summer then at least we can sell him at a profit, and would clearly have benefited from his performances in the meantime!

All in all though, I will believe he is going to sign for Pompey if/when it happens to be honest...


15 1st teamers out of contract
You may remember that some 2 weeks ago or so Vital Pompey commented on a thought that Peter Storrie said about '15 players being out of contract this summer' - well The News, just a couple of weeks behind, has focused on this today...

15 players sounds a hell of a lot - but this does include loans - but in all honesty the vast majority are not players that do, have or even will feature that much in the 1st team again and all in all, as tough a decision as it is I say 'get rid of the lot', well almost the lot!

I am not entirely sure who is out of contract, but have a fair idea and do not think that many 'star names' are on that list, not 'star names' that are not coming towards the end of their careers anyway.

Sol Campbell, Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes and loanees Armand Traore and Nadir Belhadj are the ones that I think about most - and think most, 'I would like to possible keep these'...

Although, that said if I - and of course I do not make these decisions - had to make a choice I think I would most like to keep Hughes, Traore and Belhadj. The Algerian 'should' be tied down in January, the Arsenal man Traore depends on Arsenal letting him go - but if they would then we should snap him up and Hughes is the only one from the rest that in my thinking would happily play the role of a 'squad player', whereas the rest would not.

The likes of Davis, Pamarot and Campbell, particularly at the stages they are in their careers, will want to play more often than not, and I am not sure they can, or will. Campbell has shown that he can still be a top class defender but he is on a hell of a lot of money here, so his time could well be up - and with Younes Kaboul coming through I think it softens the blow. It would be with a heavy heart I would say bye to those and someone like Hermann Hreidarsson but Kanu, Lauren, Djimi Traore and particularly the waste of space that is Richard Duffy can go no questions asked as far as I am concerned!

It is a tough call to make, and one I do not envy Tony Adams making but all in all I say get the big broom out and sweep away the vast majority, most of which are fairly big earners that are not doing much - if anything - to earn this, which annoys me most of all when I would do what they are 'meant to' for peanuts compared to what they get...


No offers for Pompey

And finally, as he fended off more 'rumour' about Pompey Peter Storrie has once again denied that there has been any interest in a takeover at Pompey, with no offers placed for the club...

For what its worth, I still feel there is something brewing, but 'if' anything happens it will only be done with the best interests of the club at heart.

Yep, those that run the club are business men but they also have a dream for the club that they know we desperately want to see happen - and deserve to see happen, so only someone that could offer more than those currently in place would be allowed to do so!

So, there we have it guys - plenty to chew over, so thoughts on all of the above as always please...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 20 2008

Time: 1:38PM

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another well thought out and fantastic article rug. i think if there is any doubt what so ever about defoe he should be rested and Nugent or even sahar given a chance, i agree Bergkamp would be fantastic if he's anything like he was on the pitch off it. but although stephen appiah is a fantastic talent the whole siuation just seems dodgy to me i can't explain why, just gut instinct i suppose. but i completely agree with getting rid of the 12 or so players and also maybe thinking about letting Sol go although that hurts to even say, and it'd be a sad day when it does happen. but we MUST sign belhadj and if theres any possiblilty then Traore as well.
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20/11/2008 15:44:00

We'll be pretty short of cover if we let all of these go and with the rumoured financial problems I cant see us buying any replacements...bit of a worry?
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20/11/2008 15:48:00

If Defoe is injured for Saturday the FA have confirmed that players are insured for 50,000 for the first two weeks and 100,000 for up to 100 weeks. The money is to cover the players wages. Medical bills are also covered separately. Having said that I hope he is fit and plays.
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20/11/2008 19:03:00

The problem wiith Appiah or STEPAPP as he is known, is fitness. If fit would be a great signing and give us back what we lost with Sulley Ali Muntari.
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20/11/2008 19:05:00

great article Rugovner...comprehensive is the word that comes to mind
plymouth graham
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20/11/2008 19:29:00

come on... it would be sad to see "king" kanu - OUR fa cup hero - leave wouldnt it?
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20/11/2008 19:56:00

Well, we can't really have kanu stuffed and on display in the club shop -he's got to go some time!
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20/11/2008 20:07:00

sorry, that sounded a bit callous but was meant to sound straightforward
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20/11/2008 20:08:00

Nice one Rug. I'm sure those who can go at the end of the season can sign pre-contracts in January. Be a shame to lose Davis & Hughes.
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20/11/2008 20:47:00

true... but I still think that saying "he can go, no questions asked" is a bit too strong. sure, he is getting on a lot, and will probably HAVE to go... but that doesnt mean we have to uncerimoniously dump him into the cold... as for davis and hughes, that would be a shame to see them leave, as they - hughes in particular - have done some great things for pompey.
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20/11/2008 21:33:00

I wouldnt be fussed if we lost most of those players, out with the old and in with the new..
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20/11/2008 23:34:00

nope, sorry carpet as far as im concerned kanu can go - and in january if he wants! i know it sounds harsh, and i do appreciate him scoring the goal that did win us the fa cup, but it wasnt kanu that won us the fa cup it was portsmouth football club that won us the fa cup...
granted the fella is one of the most skillful and gifted players i have ever seen but he is past it, well and truely past it and i dare say one of our top earners - he doesnt do nearly enough to earn this money anymore, its time for him to move on, something that i think he should have done gracefully already tbh...
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20/11/2008 23:36:00

got to agree rug, kanu can go whenever. he helped us win the fa cup but now he's past it. nugent or sahar should definitley be given a good chance should they be fit, and hopefully they should challenge crouch and defoe for a place soon (it would mean they're playing well)
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21/11/2008 04:12:00

Good article Rug. Covered a lot of news in just one go.

It looks like Defoe will be okay, but I do agree that if there is any doubt he should be rested for the Milan game. Kanu and Crouch up top and some decent crossing could be interesting, but maybe a bit slow.

Bergkamp has not said no to the future. I still think it would be amazing if he came.

Appiah surely can't be that good if he has not found a club since August.

I would like to see Hughes and maybe Davis stay, the rest can make way for some of these exciting youngsters we have got coming through.

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21/11/2008 10:27:00

Looking at this list, theres a few, like D Traore who we can finally offload. I would like to see Davis and Hughes stay for certain. As for Sol - a year ago i would have been distraught at the thought of him leaving, but I do feel that he's getting past his best, and it wouldn't be the end of the world now if he did move on. I do mean that with the greatest respect to him, he has been our rock, but times change, players get older (and slower and more inconsistent), and youngsters come in (Kaboul). And if he did move on it might free up a lot of wage-bill money.
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21/11/2008 12:38:00

Sneakay, I thought I had read somewhere that Appiah has problems passing a medical. Something about one of his knees - I think.
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21/11/2008 15:00:00

I thought appiahs wages were the problem... on Kanu, I'm not saying "don't let him go" I just think the manner in which you put it was slightly extreme... ...and bergkam would be amazing if he ever decided to come!
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