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Waving farewell for good?

As I was so caught up in the whole 'Linvoy is coming on' moment when Linvoy Primus replaced Peter Crouch last night I did not actually realise just how much of a deal the big man made of his exit from the game.

Having spoken to some people since and just watched the game back on setanta sports myself, his reaction, where he gave prolonged applause and waved to all four corners of Fratton, literally waving not acknowledging, and he also appeared to mouth the words 'thank you' at one point, seemed like a player that was waving goodbye, and not just for another season but waving goodbye to the fans with a Pompey career ending again...

Crouch has never hidden his pleasure at 'returning home', but has more recently admitted his frustrations at how things have gone this season and how his role in the side has not actually helped his game and I think that he has accepted that he will have to move on again for the benefit of Pompey, and reducing our debts, and his own career - especially with England.

I was sad to see him leave the first time, after finally seeing him come back I would be gutted to see him leave again. Sadly, like with some many, I have almost become resigned to seeing this happen again. I hope I am wrong though!

Once again, as with him the first time round, people who did not appreciate what he offered soon will. Those sitting behind me that have said 'you are crap Peter' all season, as they did again last night, will realise just how 'crap' he is, they might also realise the true meaning of 'you are crap' next season...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 19 2009

Time: 3:32PM

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We have all been frustrated this season at times, and i think we may have all felt, that sometimes the players have been crap. But to be fair, the position Redknapp and Adams left us in, may have put too much pressure on some players to perform the way we would hope. Crouch, as example, has had 2 people on him most games, as we have had to adopt a more defensive game this past 15? 12? weeks. I am not sure he was maving Goodbye, i think/hope it was more an appreciative gesture for the support and noise we have given the players, and the fact it was last home game. I may be alone, but i dont see many leaving this year, with the World Cup only 1 year away. Most players in the national teams are more likely to stay where they are now to ensure they get to play regular football, and in turn keep their national places. If anyone is likely to move, i think it will be AFTER the World Cup, not before.
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19/05/2009 15:51:00

hope your right Midge, my concerns are tho another season of having to play the sort of role he has this season and crouchy wont even have a world cup to go to, as he wont be selected!
with sacah 'waiving' his loan debts the club owe him this 'could' give us some breathing room but players, unless we are sold to someone that can sustain the wage bill, or most of it, then the likes of crouchy and johnson will go to save on this and bring in money to reduce debts sadly... time will tell.
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19/05/2009 16:01:00

Tomorrow is an other day, Rug. When the new season starts, Crouchy will still be here and will be happy to still be here
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19/05/2009 16:08:00

If we sign a partner for him, hopefully that'll make him stay. Who'd he go to though if we did sell him?
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19/05/2009 16:10:00

I think he'll be sold. He has always been sold on & I can't why it won't happen. With a World Cup year ahead, he will do what's best for him. If Hart is appointed, then Crouch would have to play 4-5-1 all season & no doubt in a struggling team. It was brilliant to have him back & he will be missed. I will always remember the 2 goals he scored in Guimaraes, our first goals on foreign soil, goals that took us through to the group stages.
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19/05/2009 16:22:00

Unfortunately the problem with 2 metre Peter is that the English league is going through a pahse of everybody wanting to play 4-4-1-1 formation. Just like wing backs were the craze last decade. This really does not suit Crouchy's style and I can't see many managers wanting to take him on. Strikers like Torres with Gerrard behind seem to be what managers are looking at, including Capello who likes to play that way as well. I think Crouch will still be with us next season.
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19/05/2009 16:25:00

When I saw him waving last night, I definitely got the impression that he doesn't expect to be back here next year. That doesn't mean he won't, of course, but I think he expects to be sold in the summer to help with our debt. I think Jonathanl50 has it spot on. It would be pointless him staying unless we can find someone to partner him. Hart has been resistant to partnering him and Nuge, and despite a pretty decent performance last night, I can't see Utaka being our first choice striker, so it probably will come down to whether or not we can afford to buy a new partner. Which probably comes down to whether or not we get sold in the next 6 weeks.
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19/05/2009 17:27:00

I didn't think any of them looked that enthusiastic about doing the lap of honour to be honest, and I wondered what was going through their minds as they went round. They certainly didn't look like a team who had just won a game. Mind you, they had just come out of the tunnel when I saw them, maybe they had gotten into their stride by the time they got up to he Milton End. (One other thing crossed my mind - I went to the Kimberly Mines once and their was a sign in the Club House which said more millionaires had stood there per square foot than anywhere else in the world. I had the same sort of feeling watching them all en masse on the Fratton turf).
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19/05/2009 18:42:00

I wouldn't be surprised if Crouchy was just realising that this was the last home game his season (d'oh!) and therefore thanking the crowd because of all of them, he is the most assiduous at thanking the crowd at the end of every match. You may be right, he may be off but he is one player who could conceivably be ending the season nicely.
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19/05/2009 19:44:00

I thought at the time he was applauding the crowd because it was the last home game. But I did watch the lap of honour wondering how many I would never see again in a Pompey shirt. It's going to be another fraught transfer window!
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19/05/2009 20:25:00

I'm with Midge (first comment) on this one. I don't see them all leaving and I don't see why we need to sell them. Uncle Peter Storrie (and remember I'm a fan) told us that that after Diaar and Defoe went that the club were in a position where we could balance the books .. He would not have said that if it meant selling Crouch, Johnson, Kranjcar et all .. The only big earners I see going are the biggest two Sol & Kanu.. the others .. I'm convinced will stay...
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19/05/2009 20:42:00

.. that said I do hope Niko goes a) because I think he's overrated and b) because he is out of contract next summer and I'd rather cash in on him now and bank the 6-8 million we'll get (please don't ty and convince me he is worth more ;) than see him walk away on a free ...
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19/05/2009 20:44:00

I'm with you on that Chix. Also don't think there was anything else in Crouchie clapping, just reckon he was just being appreciative of the crowd, seeing it was the last home game of the season. Guess we'll find out as the transfer window opens.
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19/05/2009 21:01:00

Just to echo Rug, there was one bit in the seconhalf where Crouchy won the ball and held on to it despite some desperate attempts and did really well. The guy next to us said nothing until Crouchy lost the ball because he had nowhere to go, then he shouted 'You're crap Crouch'. What a buffoon. Everything else he said through the match was of similar intelligence, there's just no figuring some people.
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19/05/2009 22:37:00

If Utaka can give us what he gave yesterday, he would be able to partner Crouch. I always said that Crouch cannot play by himself, as was Defoe. Benjani can play it. I love Crouch, but I prefare Benjani, who can play either by himself or alongside Utaka. Benji and Crouch would make a very good combination too! Let us hope Crouch remains and Benji is back.
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19/05/2009 23:25:00

I cant see Peter leaving, not until he at least knows of the clubs intentions for the next season. If we dont buy another top striker he may get the shi#s..
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20/05/2009 00:15:00


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