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Deal or no deal? Matt Ritchie...

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?'

Matt Ritchie

A guy that has huge potential, and by all accounts has what some might call a 'massive ego' to go with this - but to be fair from what I have seen he has the right to have this to a degree, but he keeps that ego in check. I think it is more of a case of supreme confidence as opposed to arrogance though to be honest.

Spending the season away from us on loan with Dagenham would have helped him develop even more and had it not been for the arrivals of the likes of Thomas, Traore and Belhadj I suspect, maybe out of necessity as anything else, he may well have formed part of our 1st team squad this season?

Deal or no deal? Deal.

For me the best chance that I feel we have of seeing a real 'local talent' come through. Without a shadow of a doubt I would not only give him a new deal I would have him in the 1st team squad, and not only that would be looking to play him a bit next season and see what he really can do.

Premier league football is a big step up from the league two level at which he has been playing on loan, but with respect to most at that level, for me he is too good for that and showed that he has quality. Again, and with respect, Havant and Waterloovile is some way below us but in last summers pre-season friendly he looked the part when he scored a hat-trick, and always was a threat and scoring in the reserves.

He would not be on a fortune so we really would be up a certain creek if we had to offload him as well to cut costs! Then again those at the club see a lot more of him than I do and maybe he does not have the potential I think he does?

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:Monday April 20 2009

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

Don't know a lot about him, but a young player wouldn't command excessive wages, and by all accounts seems like a promising prospect. I'd therefore DEAL.
PFCGino
Don't know a lot about him, but a young player wouldn't command excessive wages, and by all accounts seems like a promising prospect. I'd therefore DEAL.
PFCGino
I agree with you there Gino. We may well need him after this summers transfer departures.
sneakay
I agree with you there Gino. We may well need him after this summers transfer departures.
sneakay
don't know anything about him. He seemed to score quite a bit for our youth team/reservers when he was stil here, and has scorred a few for dagenham. if Paul Hart thinks he is good enough... deal.
pompeycarpet
don't know anything about him. He seemed to score quite a bit for our youth team/reservers when he was stil here, and has scorred a few for dagenham. if Paul Hart thinks he is good enough... deal.
pompeycarpet
No arguments from me, Rug. Deal, definitely
UKTony
No arguments from me, Rug. Deal, definitely
UKTony
No doubt Deal. We need to bring through our own players and he is towards the top of the pile.
eastneydave
No doubt Deal. We need to bring through our own players and he is towards the top of the pile.
eastneydave
never heard of him, but if you say so, then DEAL
Gandor1
never heard of him, but if you say so, then DEAL
Gandor1
whats the point of having the academy/reserves if we never utilise... as you guys say, when the exodus of high waged players leave the club in the summer we are going to be looking for bargain basement players again... but why not also look into the potentials that we already have... ritchie, cranie, mullins, wilson etc. its great that we have these up and coming talents, we shouldnt just throw them away, they could turn out to make a very 'cheap' and formidable team! DEAL.
pompey--pessimist
whats the point of having the academy/reserves if we never utilise... as you guys say, when the exodus of high waged players leave the club in the summer we are going to be looking for bargain basement players again... but why not also look into the potentials that we already have... ritchie, cranie, mullins, wilson etc. its great that we have these up and coming talents, we shouldnt just throw them away, they could turn out to make a very 'cheap' and formidable team! DEAL.
pompey--pessimist
One for the future, whatever that may be???? Deal on the basis we need every available player if the majority go & are not replaced!
storagematt
One for the future, whatever that may be???? Deal on the basis we need every available player if the majority go & are not replaced!
storagematt
Don't know anything about him, but he's obviously a promising young talent - deal!
tracyc
Don't know anything about him, but he's obviously a promising young talent - deal!
tracyc
ive been trying to keep an eye on him and looks really good, at least for that league, hes surely worth a look at when were winning a game in the prem, and throwing him on for the last 20 minutes, low cost with potential. Deal.
ruffcider
ive been trying to keep an eye on him and looks really good, at least for that league, hes surely worth a look at when were winning a game in the prem, and throwing him on for the last 20 minutes, low cost with potential. Deal.
ruffcider
Definite deal, one for the future, lets get him tied up to a decent length contract then see where it takes us!
pentonpompey
Definite deal, one for the future, lets get him tied up to a decent length contract then see where it takes us!
pentonpompey
Probably cheap (relatively) DEAL
hammersmithblue
Probably cheap (relatively) DEAL
hammersmithblue
Agree with Penton ... tie him in to a long term (4 year) deal and pitch him in at the nd of few games .. if he's as good as we think then he have ourselves a local bargain ..if not we can offload cheaply without much pain... My only worry or should I say our only risk is if he turns into a Richard Duffy ...
Chix
Agree with Penton ... tie him in to a long term (4 year) deal and pitch him in at the nd of few games .. if he's as good as we think then he have ourselves a local bargain ..if not we can offload cheaply without much pain... My only worry or should I say our only risk is if he turns into a Richard Duffy ...
Chix
deffo DEAL! Hes a class young player, with a huge future ahead of him!
PompeyFCUK
deffo DEAL! Hes a class young player, with a huge future ahead of him!
PompeyFCUK
Richard Who Chix??
pentonpompey
Richard Who Chix??
pentonpompey
deal he has scored like 10 goals this season for the daggers from midfield.
stfc ballboy
deal he has scored like 10 goals this season for the daggers from midfield.
stfc ballboy
Rug - Are you sure that is a picture of Matt Ritchie ?.. looks more like Joel Ward to me ...


Not 'Richard Who' Penton 'Richard Duffy' that talented international full back we had on our books for 29 years who despite being a regular in the Swansea & Coventry sides (at our expense) could never get into our first team .. even when our 62nd choice full back was injured..
Chix
Rug - Are you sure that is a picture of Matt Ritchie ?.. looks more like Joel Ward to me ...


Not 'Richard Who' Penton 'Richard Duffy' that talented international full back we had on our books for 29 years who despite being a regular in the Swansea & Coventry sides (at our expense) could never get into our first team .. even when our 62nd choice full back was injured..
Chix
... Notice how I use 'Full' back rather than 'left' or 'right' back as I couldn't remember which foot he kicked with !
Chix
... Notice how I use 'Full' back rather than 'left' or 'right' back as I couldn't remember which foot he kicked with !
Chix
 

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