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Defoe done - time to move on now!

Defoe done - time to move on now!

Jermain Defoe has completed his return to Spurs.

I thank him for his goals while here, but do not thank his loyalty - ok, perhaps we helped him out of the door as we needed the money, but I doubt he needed much encouragement and any that he did Harry Redknapp was happy to oblige with, and he did help him without a doubt despite what old twitchy says!

When Benjani left for Citeh to allow us to bring in Defoe plenty were split on this, without doubt we were getting a better goalscorer but we lost so much of the fight, spirit and team ethic that we had with the big Zimbabwean - and now we are left with neither... Despite the obvious difference in quality if I could turn back the clock 12-months I think I know quite safely what route I wish we had taken...

But, we now move on - it is best to get rid of a player if he does not want to play for us, and in all honesty he never wanted to play for Portsmouth Football Club did he, he played for 'Harry Redknapp Football Club'. As said before, we need to get this club back to Portsmouth Football Club, and even if that means weeding out more 'top stars' to do so, then so be it! Although I do not think that there are many, if any more, that do not want to be here now.

Adams continues to get a hard time, and his tactical awareness, or apparent 'unawareness' could be aiding his downfall but I maintain my thoughts that his genuine, honest nature is something that I like and want - if he is given some funds then I feel he can build his own side and is the man to bring the true Portsmouth Football Club identity back to the club. He really wants to succeed and wants what is best for the club - is that not what we all want? I would settle for relegation scraps every season if it meant we had our club back again and players that want to be here.

In terms of out and out goalscorers the England striker is going to be very hard to replace, particularly at a price we can afford, but if we can bring in a player that actually does want to play for the club and the shirt, his effort and commitment could be worth almost as much to the club as goals! Lets give Dave Nugent a go up top in the meantime, ok he might not be good enough but unless we try we will never know. Playing Peter Crouch as a lone striker is not going to help anyone, and if anything is going to frustrate Crouch so much that it could force him away from the club...

Although I do now I write an open letter to Peter Storrie and Sacha Gaydamak pleading with them to take heed of a player that I feel would be fantastic for us and would love us to make a move for, this fella being Leroy Lita - do it, it makes so much sense! The fella is proven at this level, he will score goals for us and is very, very much in the Defoe mould for me - the best thing of all is the fact that he will cost as little as £350,000 'apparently', what have we got to lose - even we can afford that amount. Should all work out well, and I feel it would as he would score, we could easily sell him for 10 times, hell, 50 times that, so from a business point of view we would be laughing, and business is how football is run these days.

Anyway, I digress yet again - no one else seems to be talking up an intent to leave, everyone else seems content and happy, in fact it is being 'reported' that Younes Kaboul has actually spurned an advance from the mighty Milan, who were impressed with him when we met in the uefa cup. He is 'said' to have labeled Adams the best coach that he has worked with and a man that has taught him so much. The Frenchman went on to say, well a so-called 'source close to him' actually said on his behalf, that he wanted to stay with Pompey for a long, long time - now that is loyalty that I do like, and others could learn from!

Hopefully the ship has been steadied and we can get back on course with Adams given some funds to bring in a couple of players, although to be honest I am not holding my breath and Redknapp, and the media, can stop unsettling players and basically get off our backs - Redknapp needs to wind his neck in and stop acting as the ring leader for this, he really is winding me up now the way he is 'lording' over us and looking down at us from his perch - well in his opinion anyway, going on about deals being good for Portsmouth and being what they wanted and Adams being given the money to bring in new players - he probably knows as well as you or I that the chances are he will see little or none of it, the twitchy so and so...

Anyway though, as said we draw a line under this unsavoury incident and move on.


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Date:Wednesday January 7 2009
Time: 12:33AM


spurfect one
07/01/2009 01:36:00
ignoring the **** above me, i'm glad to be rid of defoe. his attitude recently has stunk, tbh. since adams has taken over, without doubt the best positive has been the improvement in younes kaboul, and apparently the reason is because he has had sessions after training with tony. defintely get lita. no doubt the biggest baragin out there atm. yes he is lively off the pitch, with sex tapes and being arrested, but at £350,000 is a steal.
07/01/2009 02:47:00
Also, and I can't believe it has taken so long to occur to me, but the bbc is reporting it writes off money owed for Kaboul and MENDES!!!!!! We bought Mendes 2 and a half years ago, along with Davis and Pamarot, for £7.5million. Why would we still owe Spurs money? Surely that deal was made long before any "credit crunch", and why has it taken until recently to mention us owing Spurs money for Pedro? Even when he left us for Rangers no-one mentioned it. We can't owe Spurs anything for him surely?!
07/01/2009 02:51:00
There's no way he had the flu but anyway thats all done with now.. Lets bring in some reinforcements and get through the winter with a few wins!
07/01/2009 05:57:00
jbaker is right. We got Davis, Mendes and Pamarot when Sacha was joint owner (per say) with Milan. Do you really think he would have taken on that debt. Going forward though, we now have a domestic loan spot available and a european loan available. We have also dropped the best part of 100,000 pounds in wages per week. there are some dedicated players in the squad, and if we get in a strong midfielder with experience(I am looking at you Patrick Viera) Johnson playing a more advanced position down the right ahead of the impressive Mark Wilson (We have missed Johnson the most I feel), put the early season partnership of Traore and Belhadj down the left Kaboul in the center with distin. We would have some structure. Kaboul could also play that holding midfield role with Krunchie and Davis in front of him. Let's see what happens but Tony has to be astute with who he buys, and must improve the balance of the team. Have to agree with Rug with regard to Lita. even if we get him on Loan
07/01/2009 06:42:00
Good shout Rug - It seems that all who wanted to go have gone, with the exception of Hermann, Duffy, Traore & Lauren none of which will leave a void (although I expect the papers to make the most of it). So it's time to bring a few fresh faces in, brighten up the place and get a few wins under our belt. We have no easy games left but if we can start with a win against Citeh on Saturday that will surely help. Onwards and Upward - PUP
07/01/2009 06:51:00
I always liked Herman and will miss him when he goes. Good luck to him
07/01/2009 07:43:00
Herman..another of our glorious Cup winning team to be sold by (Read in Homer Simpson voice) silly skint rednapless Pompey. well thats how the press will see it. Leroy Lita i believe had a good partnership with nuge at U21, i suggested him when reading didnt want him in the prem and still feel it would be a good buy and if we do go down and crouch goes wll him and Nuge would be ideal to bring us back. Redknapp aint the genius people think he is and spusr could still go down and if he spends massively-which given the opportunity he will well the egg will be on his face. i however suspect we will go down and he will win the uefa cup. i really want TA to succeed at Pompey and hope that he can spot a player and coach us to respectability in the table this season.
plymouth graham
07/01/2009 09:52:00
Jermain who?
07/01/2009 09:56:00
Be funny as if spuds go down -defoe will be in with the transfer request on the way to dressing room...just like at his 'beloved' hammers when they went down
07/01/2009 10:23:00
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