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Mullins and Pele arrive

Mullins and Pele arrive

Pompey this morning completed a double transfer swoop, one for West Ham's Hayden Mullins on a 3-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee - thought to be around £1m - and the other being Pele on loan from Porto until the summer, with the view to a permanent move.

I do not even have to look at comments on this site to know people will not be happy with these signings, I know that Mullins will be viewed as 'not good enough' and an 'inadequate replacement for Lassana Diarra' - but to be fair, he is not a replacement, we cannot and probably never will again replace him, for a club like ours - and many, many others - I would suggest he is one in a million! A sky sports news reporter was saying that if the fee was £1m, as they 'understood', then that was a fantastic piece of business...

To be fair we have needed a decent holding midfielder for ages, for me, as much as I love Richard Hughes, man love of course, he cannot really 'play football' can he. He can break it up, but not much more, crab like passes are his game - as in sideways... Mullins can play football, which will hopefully help the midfield more and help us create more. He can score the odd goal as well!

As for Pele, real name Vitor Hugo Gomes Passos, everyone wants to unearth some hidden gems - apparently he is not so hidden, more 'been lost', is there not an outside chance he could be one of them? Formerly with Inter, with fans apparently not pleased when he was allowed to move to Porto.

Should we not at least give them a chance?

I can appreciate the frustration people are feeling at 'our signings', but for what do we expect?

Lets make no bones about it here guys, Tony Adams has been brought in to do a job - that job cut costs and not moan and groan about it, I would say almost a 100% factually statement! He did this at Wycombe, his job was to cut costs, let players go and keep them up afloat - his record was not good, which it is not here, but he did this.

The top, top quality names people are 'expecting' to arrive wont, we do not have the money to do this! It is lavish spending that has brought us success, ok maybe not bought as we did not buy the FA cup, but also left us in the position we are now, if you do not have it you cannot spend it - if you continue to do so when you do not you get up a certain creek! Hell, just ask the likes of Leeds, Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton, I guess even the lot down the road and so on what happens when you fall from grace...

I think we are all probably guilty of getting ahead of ourselves maybe thinking we almost have 'a divine right' to sign star names, for me Mullins 'would' have been acceptable a year or so back, yep we have moved on a bit, but are paying the price now.

Granted I'm not entirely inspired of course, but a body, and affordable one at that, is fair enough - replacing Diarra? Get real, but then again no one ever was going to, and probably never will...

If we do make any 'star name' signings, which maybe we can, then they will only be on loan, and even then the chances of bringing them in for good are unlikely - 'maybe' if they are going out of contract we may well do, if not, unless cheap, no chance.

Survival is the name of the game this season - cutting the wage bill the next step, and we have started this, with more big earners seeing their contracts ending in the summer this will cut it more and providing his tactical knowledge can buck up fast - and this is shooting him, and us, in the foot over and over - then Adams can start showing us 'his team' next season, something that he has said more than once will be the case.

I will continue to back him when many others wont. Yep, his tactical awareness has been shocking, maybe it is my liking to the fellas honesty, genuine nature and his no hidden agendas desire to do well here that wins me over... What will sacking him achieve? If anyone else thinks that anyone else would be able to come in and spend money they are wrong, maybe they could inspire more perhaps, but I doubt they would last long either as they would not enjoy having to part with star names, which chances are we will again in the summer...

Mullins and Pele, inspirational signings?

Hell no, anyone that claims they are are out of their minds! Decent signings, but more importantly signings, is what they are.

It at least means we can start playing more round pegs in round holes again, to be fair in many respects, most of the times recently the square pegs in round holes has been out of necessity!

Yep, we cannot rejoice in these signings, but lets not completely write them off of the bat - am I the only one that has been expecting these types of signings? I have hoped for the big boys, but surely we must have known this was not going to happen. 'Fingers crossed' another loan or two could arrive to prove this, but lets not be banking on it.


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Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 12:11PM


Mullins has pedigree and will bring some much needed experience to the middle of the park following the run of injuries. He has played over 400 games and is no mug but hardly inspirational. Pele as he is called appears to be a completely different character. Young and inexperienced in games terms but he has moved around a lot. Both are 6ft plus so give us height in the middle which is always useful.
26/01/2009 12:24:00
At the end of the day it doesn't matter who we do or don't sign. If we get relegated and we have great players or we survive with cheap versions. It's all about committment and results. Fans are fickle, if it works O.K. but if it don't !!!
26/01/2009 12:35:00
I was saying we need to sign some midfielders or we'll go definitely down. Now we have 2 midfielders - so can't complain. A Hammers fan I spoke to said Mullins is a good player, hard working, who can do the business for us. Granted he's no Diarra, but right now we're in a scrap and we need players to scrap hard to help us get out of it - so he sounds like just what we need. Don't know much about Pele - but if his name's anything to go by! I understand he's an attacking midfielder, so could be just what we need. I hope. I for one, feel a little bit better now than I did after the debacle that was the Swansea game. I will say though - this is it Adams, you've got players in, its down to you now to keep us in the division.
26/01/2009 12:38:00
Im hopefull! as always, but it all sounds pretty good to me! good news is that Villa have plenty of players out tomorrow night and we'll have are new this the time our season will turn?? fingers crossed!!
26/01/2009 12:40:00
True, that's what i like about this Forum, no matter how annoyed i get with my club decisions, there's always someone to give it a different spin. I must admit when we won the FA cup i thought we could actually get in the finals of Uefa etc.. To be honest, just staying up in the Premiership will keep a smile on me face. Hopefully, these 2 lads are fighters and can embrace the challenge ahead.
26/01/2009 12:43:00
I think that probably as Tony has indicated the real deals will be done over the summer, and maybe he is just looking at a stop gap to keep us in the Prem. Possibly Emerson coming as well?? that one may not be a bad move if it comes off. One thing I would hope is that he having brought a right winger that he plays hiom where he can do the most damage 'out on the right' why he didn't go 4-4-2 on Saturday with Nugget up front with Crouchie I'll never know, Fair enough if he hadn't just got a proper right winger, but if you wanna keep him in the team then play him where he is most comfortable up front. Still we can all be great managers with our opinions, but Tony gets all the money to do it for real. Lets just hope that who ever comes in helps us to sustain our league status and then push on again next season.
26/01/2009 12:51:00
I agree with pompeygray - commitment goes a long way - after all Defoe is allegedly worth over £10m and an england striker but since Jamie's Dad left, he had all the commitment of a damp fart. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean useless. Nice to see the Nodster has cheered up a bit...
26/01/2009 13:14:00
I've had a rethink after my inital, rather hasty, reaction this morning. I think we're all guilty (well I am) of high expectations, especially in terms of transfers coming in, and its time to be realistic i guess. If Mullins does a job then i'm happy to have him, and hopefully Pele will prove a shrewd acquisiton. I'm keeping my faith in Tony and Pinocchio for now, they'll get it right.
26/01/2009 13:23:00
Mullins is solid and will do a job, as people have said he's played a fair few games at this level so knows exactly what is required. As for Pele he's played for Inter and Porto and is only 21, the inter fans forums were pretty upset to see him go so I think he's likely to be a reasonable prospect. If he's keen to put in a shift I think he could be a good signing and is probably the kind of player we need, creative midfielder. Signings grading: Mullins C+ Pele B
26/01/2009 13:29:00
We were all walking on sunshine last summer - golden days, well now we're paying for it. As long as we don't pay for it with relegation I'll be reasonably happy. I said at the start of the season - without knowing Jamie's dad would b*gger off, that a small run in the UEFA and not going down would do for me - fingers crossed that's what I'll get.
26/01/2009 13:29:00
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