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Campbell's future concerns/Saviola rumbles on

For the first time Sol Campbell has mentioned his own future, admitting that he remains unsure what this will be as far as Pompey is concerned. To be fair to him he has said that he is just focusing on the job in hand, which is ensuring Pompey survive the threat of relegation! Although he has also called for a couple more new signings before the transfer window closes.

Campbell has been a fantastic servant to Pompey, and of course the English game full stop, but if we saw him pull on the blue shirt again next season I would be almost amazed - he would without a shadow of a doubt have to take a hefty pay cut to stay I know that much...

Time has caught up with him now and bowing out gracefully would probably be the way to go, helping us to survival would not quite be the way that he would have expected his Pompey career to end, but leaving after helping us to do this would do fine.

As one players future as far as exiting Fratton goes, the future of one potentially entering it continues to rumble on and on - this man being Javier Saviola.

An interest in the Argentine striker remains something that Peter Storrie talks about, but he has concerns over his fitness and ability to go straight into the side.

Lets be honest, we are not talking about a bum, a has been who is past it, he is what 27 and would clearly look after himself - a club like Madrid would not have it any other way. He would not have been sat on his arse twiddling his thumbs, so it would not take him long to get back up to full match fitness would it.

We need to pull out all the stops to do this deal - if there 'is one to be done', as had been the apparent case, then we need to do it. His loan signing would give the players, the club and of course the fans a major boost. To miss out on concerns over his ability to go straight into the side at 100% would be crazy, he will get up to speed soon enough - as said, we are not talking about a nobody, he is a somebody with a proven history.

To be honest I do not think we will get him, but lets not screw up the deal over a minor concern, that should not be one - using that as the reason not to do the deal would not wash with me. Although 'reports' coming out of Spain today, which are somewhat conflicting, claim that he will not be allowed to leave Madrid anyway...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 29 2009

Time: 1:10PM

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Been having a long hard think about Campbell and i think he's still something to offer, Kaboul has good prospects but still has a lot to learn and having campbell around would help with that. I think part of Campbells problem this season has been a weak midfield in front of him.
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29/01/2009 13:25:00

Rug, I think this really should be Sol's last season with us as he is being exposed for his lack of pace and agility just too often. As for Saviola, I doubt he can make the instance impact we need so we may need to look elsewhere.
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29/01/2009 13:26:00

Agree about Sol - he's been a fabulous captain for us, but should really bow out gracefully while he's still more or less ahead. And PFC can't afford to keep paying that level of wages for a player who is a shadow of his former self. Not sure what's going on with the Saviola deal, keep hearing excuses that don't wash - on Tuesday night they said it was because the chairman of Real Madrid had resigned and there was no-one to sign the deal off. What are we, stupid? Hope it happens though, he sounds like a good signing.
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29/01/2009 13:30:00

Matt Derbyshire gone on 6 month loan to Olympiakos, always thought he was a steady player.
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29/01/2009 13:36:00

concerned about losing campbell due to the uncertainty of distins future, he seems unsure about what hes gonna be doing next year, due to perhaps us not 'challenging' for things and we are no longer a team looking for instant success. i wouldnt want to lose both campbell and distin.
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29/01/2009 13:38:00

Campbell may not have the pace but he has a brain & a positive influence on the team, we shouldn't just dismiss him that easily. His wages may be the factor as far as the club are concerned. Distin has 18 omths ish left on his contract & usually see's them thru. Arn't Wigan sniffing around Saviola as deal with Real as they want Valencia?
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29/01/2009 14:00:00

im not sure wigans sniffing i think hes being thrust in their face.
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29/01/2009 14:57:00

would like to keep cambell, he's a good player. I think we need to try as hard as possible to get saviola though. he will really help us.
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29/01/2009 16:04:00

to say saviola is not fit is a bit of a poor excuse, its more like the money is too much. It would have been possible to have got saviola as part of the diarra payment, but pompey didnt take the opportunity. now other teams want him as well but I think he could still be at madrid for the end of the season and sit on the stadium with his bwin shirt on.
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29/01/2009 17:22:00

I donlt think the saviola deal will happen - purely becuase I don't think tony was fully commited to it, and now saviola has offers from other places. Campbell is an intresting one. We obviously don;t want to be paying him 100 000 a week for another year - however at the same time, he is a good profesional, has a fantastic understanding of the game, and is an inspiration to our younger players, I would try to keep him - either we could offer him a wage cut, or pursuade him to retire gracefully, and join our coaching team (assitant manager?). He COULD still play another team, but only as a bit part player, and that wouldn;t be a gracefull way to leave the game, would it?
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29/01/2009 17:39:00

adams on sky sports webby saying he doesnt want saviola because he may be unfit and doesnt have prem experience!!! for that illogical bullness im fully on the "TA out" now. im absolutely livid. does he not realise that most argys are pretty good in the prem. d'allesandro didnt need 6 months, tevez didnt need 6 months, mascherano is average so doesnt count, but come on this is SAVIOLA and he plays (ok hes at) REAL MADRID. get a grip man, are you seriously telling me hes slower and more unfit than kanu? or utaka? just the sort of player that would have lifted the team and the fans. so marlon harewood is fit is he? hes been sat on the bench for a while too tony, u frickin prik!
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29/01/2009 18:50:00

...oh well. lets sign a creative midfield player first, THEN think about getting a 5th centre forward.
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29/01/2009 19:52:00

pompey--pessimist u r right m8 adams out !!!!!!!
stfc ballboy
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29/01/2009 20:27:00

carpet, if anything was shown to us playing villa, is that we dont have a recognised goal poacher anymore ... we need someone whos actually going to have a pop at goal. so many times i was shouting at the screen ... PASSING BACK ... STOP PASSING BACK. not only does it mean we go back and forth, but villa caught us passing back several times and that is dangerous play! saviola would have been a good option, if i was the gaffer i would have bitten everyones hands off to get someone of his quality in the side (provided funds/wages were there, and i think they are!)
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