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Deal or no deal? Glen Little...

So, we have some 15 players out of contract in the summer (or seeing their loans with Pompey end) it is almost time to decide who deserves a new contract and who does not deserve the drippings from my nose, well ours noses!

I was going to look at them all together, but I think I will do them one at a time... Simple question, and as the bearded one would say, 'deal or no deal?'

Glen Little

I still say that the guy is better than a lot of people give him credit. His delivery is much better than people credit, he is just so immobile that this makes him look far less effective than he actually is - the constant injuries he picks up also do not help.

Rumours that Everton were sniffing around on deadline day tell their own story do they not? But the fact that he has returned to his former club Reading on loan also tell another, and are a clear indicator as to what the future will bring...

In all honesty he probably came to Pompey a couple of years too late - he was a player that Jamie's Dad had always wanted, and as he did with others - including a guy I could not stand, Andy 'the mercenary' Cole - he eventually got the player, but probably too late in the career.

Deal or no deal? No deal.

For me always brought in on a short-term deal, and as he was not one that the current manager signed I think this makes it even more likely he will depart.

If that is not enough of an indicator the fact that he has been allowed to see out his contract with Reading is!

These are my thoughts, what about yours? As always please share them below...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 17 2009

Time: 8:57AM

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I always found the signing of Little very strange. I have always felt he is not premiership quality. No Deal
nodster
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17/03/2009 09:03:00

I always found the signing of Little very strange. I have always felt he is not premiership quality. No Deal
nodster
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17/03/2009 09:03:00

No Deal - agree with everything you say Rug. Jamie's Pop probably signed him just to prove he 'could'. Either way, when he signed I bet I wasn't the only Pomponian out there who screamed 'WTF?!' at Sky Sports News!! He did very well against Milan, and to be honest did impress me. Perhaps that was why he was brought in - a quick signing to make up the numbers for the UEFA Cup squad, which requires a certain number of 'home-grown' English 'talent'. Who knows? Either way, he won't be playing for us next season.
PFCGino
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17/03/2009 09:05:00

No Deal - agree with everything you say Rug. Jamie's Pop probably signed him just to prove he 'could'. Either way, when he signed I bet I wasn't the only Pomponian out there who screamed 'WTF?!' at Sky Sports News!! He did very well against Milan, and to be honest did impress me. Perhaps that was why he was brought in - a quick signing to make up the numbers for the UEFA Cup squad, which requires a certain number of 'home-grown' English 'talent'. Who knows? Either way, he won't be playing for us next season.
PFCGino
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17/03/2009 09:05:00

in all honesty i think this was one of the first indicators of what we had to come, no disrespect to little, but the real 'top quality, star name' signings were not likely to follow if this is where we started...
that said, lik i have said, i still think that little could have offered us something if he wasnt so prone to injuries and/or given more of a chance - would he have offered anything less than utaka and some others players had...
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 09:06:00

in all honesty i think this was one of the first indicators of what we had to come, no disrespect to little, but the real 'top quality, star name' signings were not likely to follow if this is where we started...
that said, lik i have said, i still think that little could have offered us something if he wasnt so prone to injuries and/or given more of a chance - would he have offered anything less than utaka and some others players had...
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 09:06:00

this is going to be an interesting series of articles, will it be the players you DO want to stay who will be most likely to be sold though?
The Fear
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17/03/2009 09:19:00

this is going to be an interesting series of articles, will it be the players you DO want to stay who will be most likely to be sold though?
The Fear
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17/03/2009 09:19:00

you should check the back issues, as we are not most the way through mate...
tbh i must confess that i am 'slightly' uneasy whatever happens - stay up or go down - as go down and of course everyone goes, stay up and i still worry about offers being accepted for players! that said releasing most of those that are out of contract, and to be fair most are not 1st team players anyway 'should' slash around 1.5m-2m per month off the wage bill, which will help.
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 09:41:00

you should check the back issues, as we are not most the way through mate...
tbh i must confess that i am 'slightly' uneasy whatever happens - stay up or go down - as go down and of course everyone goes, stay up and i still worry about offers being accepted for players! that said releasing most of those that are out of contract, and to be fair most are not 1st team players anyway 'should' slash around 1.5m-2m per month off the wage bill, which will help.
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 09:41:00

Little puts me on the fence a bit. Sure he's not top quality but he can and did do a job when asked. But he hasn't been asked has he, except on a couple of notable occasions, and then he did perform. Trouble is, he is injury prone and not too fast. Which in today's Premier League count against you big time. Little's a decent, honest professional but his lack of quality in comparison to others makes him a no deal. I didn't want to write that, cos i like the bloke. Reading's his home i think...
cornypomp
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17/03/2009 10:04:00

Little puts me on the fence a bit. Sure he's not top quality but he can and did do a job when asked. But he hasn't been asked has he, except on a couple of notable occasions, and then he did perform. Trouble is, he is injury prone and not too fast. Which in today's Premier League count against you big time. Little's a decent, honest professional but his lack of quality in comparison to others makes him a no deal. I didn't want to write that, cos i like the bloke. Reading's his home i think...
cornypomp
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17/03/2009 10:04:00

Everyone did well against Milan - it was that kind of game. Most of the crowd would have done well against Milan. Good luck to him but I don't think he's quite the quality we want. The day when we ARE a good match for Glen Little's skills is a depressing day (although I would not question his attitude for a minute - he's always done his best for us and you can't take that away from him but sometimes your best isn't quite good enough)
hammersmithblue
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17/03/2009 12:01:00

Everyone did well against Milan - it was that kind of game. Most of the crowd would have done well against Milan. Good luck to him but I don't think he's quite the quality we want. The day when we ARE a good match for Glen Little's skills is a depressing day (although I would not question his attitude for a minute - he's always done his best for us and you can't take that away from him but sometimes your best isn't quite good enough)
hammersmithblue
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17/03/2009 12:01:00

No complaints about Glen's attitude either - yes he was great against Milan and we will always remember the fool he made of Kaka but he is not fit enough (injury prone) and age is not on his side. Good luck Glen but NO DEAL.
eastneydave
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17/03/2009 12:48:00

No complaints about Glen's attitude either - yes he was great against Milan and we will always remember the fool he made of Kaka but he is not fit enough (injury prone) and age is not on his side. Good luck Glen but NO DEAL.
eastneydave
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17/03/2009 12:48:00

I honestly thought Glen would turn out to be an excellent, crafty buy - after all, he was really important to Reading. Unfortunately, he wasn't the answer to our right sided problems. (still better than that 7 million oaf) Whether his injuries took their toll or he was just not up to it, I don't know. But I liked him enough to develop a skills transfer device. After strapping Johnny U and Glen into the chairs, I managed to remove JU's speed and football ability but couldn't direct it into Glen. Gawd knows where it went - probably some little Shetsu is doing keepy-up caberet and racing greyhounds. Wouldn't Mr Little be fab with all that speed? Sadly, Johnny U now can't run, pass or trap a ball as a result of my ill advised scientific tamperings. Hey Ho.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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17/03/2009 19:10:00

I honestly thought Glen would turn out to be an excellent, crafty buy - after all, he was really important to Reading. Unfortunately, he wasn't the answer to our right sided problems. (still better than that 7 million oaf) Whether his injuries took their toll or he was just not up to it, I don't know. But I liked him enough to develop a skills transfer device. After strapping Johnny U and Glen into the chairs, I managed to remove JU's speed and football ability but couldn't direct it into Glen. Gawd knows where it went - probably some little Shetsu is doing keepy-up caberet and racing greyhounds. Wouldn't Mr Little be fab with all that speed? Sadly, Johnny U now can't run, pass or trap a ball as a result of my ill advised scientific tamperings. Hey Ho.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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17/03/2009 19:10:00

Try the BBC Sport predictor on the BBc website, type the scores in and see where ul finish, on all 3 occasions ive done it you finish safe - Try it yourself!
HuddersfieldYiddo
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17/03/2009 19:23:00

Try the BBC Sport predictor on the BBc website, type the scores in and see where ul finish, on all 3 occasions ive done it you finish safe - Try it yourself!
HuddersfieldYiddo
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17/03/2009 19:23:00

Absoloutely, catergorically 100% NO!!!! Should never have signed him in the first place.
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 21:05:00

Absoloutely, catergorically 100% NO!!!! Should never have signed him in the first place.
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 21:05:00

So you're undecided then P4me :) .. Just like me I guess.. What he was ever doing hear in the first place still puzzles me ... When I first say him I thought he looked like Jamie's Dad's Older Uncle with just a little less movement...
Chix
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18/03/2009 07:00:00

So you're undecided then P4me :) .. Just like me I guess.. What he was ever doing hear in the first place still puzzles me ... When I first say him I thought he looked like Jamie's Dad's Older Uncle with just a little less movement...
Chix
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18/03/2009 07:00:00

so basically we all agree that a new deal for little isnt, and will not, be forthcoming... some have lesser feeling towards him than others tho...
pompeyrug
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18/03/2009 08:35:00

so basically we all agree that a new deal for little isnt, and will not, be forthcoming... some have lesser feeling towards him than others tho...
pompeyrug
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18/03/2009 08:35:00

Too Little too often...
pompeygray
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18/03/2009 13:00:00

Too Little too often...
pompeygray
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18/03/2009 13:00:00

 

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