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O'Neil to return in time for Citeh?

O'Neil to return in time for Citeh?

Putting aside the fact that the opening lines 'The News understands' do not exactly fill me with complete belief or optimism that whatever is claimed will happen will actually happen, it is good to actually read something positive about Pompey if nothing else - maybe that is the point of it...

Well the local rag is running an article on Gary O'Neil today that 'claim' talks have advanced with Boro to bring him back to Pompey in a £3m deal - and he 'could' return in time to face Citeh on Saturday.

One thing I do know is we need a central midfielder and we need him quick, for me O'Neil ticks all the boxes that we require from a midfielder in our current plight - and play him in the middle, not on the right - so 'if' we can afford him please lets bring him in.

In my earlier article - 4-3-3? 4-5-1 it is then... - click here - I was missing a central midfielder to slot into the 4-5-1 formation, put the fella in there and voila!

Boro insist that he is not for sale, and that is fair enough - at least we are going about business in the right way, by the right way I mean as a club with officials from it not constantly mentioning him by name in the media to 'unsettle him' like others do (and please do not blow my theory up in flames now guys!) although word is he has never actually been settled in Boro anyway...

I will believe it when I see it, but lets have some positive actions to lift the mood and the return of a favourite son, who I think is a realistic arrival could do us the world of good - and realism is something we must be dealing in, none of this '£5m player' or '£10m player' bull, as that is not going to happen!

Oh, and he is not cup tied either, but unlike a certain striker who will remain unnamed he did not cry off with 'Spurs flu'.


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Date:Wednesday January 7 2009
Time: 11:58AM


I think signing O'Neil is a step backwards. We need more quality if we are ever going to be consistently pushing for top 6 finishes, which we are capable of. Whilst I know he is a good player, he won't ever be a Muntari/Diarra/Kranjcar. We need a big name!
07/01/2009 12:02:00
i think we need to forget thoughts of top 6 finishes for the time being mate - staying in the premier league is what we should be looking at now...
we are not going to sign £5m, £10m, £15m player anymore - we spent well beyond our means as it was, i think we have to accept that those days are gone, for the foreseeble future anyway...
07/01/2009 12:06:00
I have to say i disagree gino. It would be nice to get some real quality in, but unfortunately I don't think we have the funds. Yes Gary isn't exactly a Diarra or Muntari, but he is a hard working player who loves Pompey and can do the job, so for these reasons I think he will help us avoid relegation and push on up the league.
07/01/2009 12:08:00
Reports suggest that Sidney Govou has rejected us...
07/01/2009 12:09:00
I'd still like a Viera/Engellar big fella too, we've freed up a european loan slot so maybe it could still happen. shame about govou, but id give utaka (when fit) a few more games on the right to prove his worth...he played okay at anfield if i remember correctly
07/01/2009 12:11:00
yep utaka was good at anfield, but how many more chances can he get...
vieira on loan 'could' still happen, it depends how much of his wages inter would pay tho i reckon, and they would have to play alot!
07/01/2009 12:16:00
jb sums it up 'loves Pompey and can do the job'. Those are qualities we need at the moment and GON will have benfited from the experience of playing elsewhere.
07/01/2009 12:23:00
All fair points - but the Premiership is SO tight at the moment anyone can get relegated anyway. The more I look at it, the more I blame that ginger cockney. Adams needs more help though, he's been tactically inept for the past few games, I'm not understanding some of his decisions. Vieira is someone I'd be looking at, plus the Arsenal connection could prove to be the persuasive factor - he could be a Paul Merson type and inspire everyone else.
07/01/2009 12:28:00
Hope it's true. Love to see GaryO back. Totally committed & a better player than a lot of detractors make out Proper Pompey player
07/01/2009 12:30:00
Good thing with O'Neil is that he will give 100% every game and he will be committed to the Pompey cause. He may not be a Diarra, but what he lacks in outright skill, he has in abundance 'heart' and that is a damn good starting point. We aren't going to get 20M to spend, so we need to get balance and strength back in the side and then once we can maintain our Premiership status, go for more quality in the summer. Gary will if played in the centre alongside Davis give us the robust midfield we so desparately need.
07/01/2009 12:44:00
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