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What would I do?

The 'will he', 'wont he' leave Pompey debate surrounding Glen Johnson is likely to be an almost daily issue until we confirm one way or the other what our intentions are with the player!

Vital's Liverpool and Spurs have run articles in the past 24-hours, and both are not against this - although neither seem totally convinced, which I guess is the way it is as they do not see him ever week do they!

The common theme with Vital Liverpool seems to be they would like to sign him but do not think he is worth 15m! I say he is not worth a penny less than 15m!

On Vital Spurs they run with the 'what would you do if you were Johnson' approach, and on the whole I think most agree that he is a quality footballer, I would go as far to say he is world-class, or at least verging on the point of this, but as they have 'a million right backs' as it is they feel other areas are of higher priority - that suits me fine, I would happily see him stay here if they did not want him...

Problem is they clearly do not know 'Jamie's Dad' as well as they will do in time, what he has and what he actually needs do not often come into his thinking - if he wants something, or someone, he will get it more often than not even if he does not really need it!

I think I make it fairly clear that I feel he will leave in the summer but, and you always have to have a 'but', my hopes have raised 'slightly' over the past few days as I am hearing more and more positive thoughts coming from those I know and the thoughts are we have a very good chance of being taken over this summer...

Should that happen it 'should' put a whole new complexion on what is going to happen with the club this summer.

I am not expecting us to get a 'multi trillionaire' or anything like that, as we will not, but the 'word on the street' that I am getting is we will get someone, or someone's, in who are looking for consolidation next season, and this 'should' mean retaining most of what we have - even if some 'free agents' are released with a few players coming in to supplement them. They will come in and look at 'the project' as a longer-term thing, and will not be looking for 'instant fixes'. So the 'need' to sell the likes of Johnson, Crouch and Kranjcar will almost boil down to their own desire to want to go...

This is where my 'what would I do' thoughts come in!

Look at it this way Johnson knows where his bread is bettered, if he was unhappy at Pompey do you really think that he would have signed a new 4-year contract in January?

He knows without fail he will play week-in-week-out next season at Pompey, and that for me could be worth more to him than 'the lure' of champions league football with Liverpool, as he might not get this luxury with them not matter how good he is - we all know that Rafa likes to rotate things around, and that 'might' cost him his place in the England squad.

We know that 'he' loves the guy as he is 'one of his golden boys' but no matter how much he rates him sometimes moves do not work out for players, and who is to say a move to Spurs would work out? For that matter who is to say that it would not of course!

As the old adage goes 'the grass is not always greener on the other side', and I suspect that Johnson knows this all too well and will be wanting to take this into account...

As much as I think that he will leave this summer, unless we are taken over without a doubt, I do not for one minute actually think that he 'wants' to go!

Money talks though, and as much as plenty of player do 'hold clubs to ransom' at times clubs also do this, often claiming 'they have no other option', so I suspect leaving Pompey would not be his choice - the only choice he would make would be where he went but there is a good chance at this point in time that like Kanu, who has again stressed his desire to stay here - I have written a little something on this in the forum so for more on this click here - this is also out of his hands...

So all in all, to a large degree it does not matter 'what I would do', from his point of view and not mine, the same goes for others, it all boils down to 'what the club will do!'

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Date:Friday May 22 2009

Time: 1:57PM

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I hope we dont get him.He is quality but we have 4 very good international Right backs in Corluka,Hutton,Chimbonda and young Gunter. Johnson will cost around 12 million and harry should use that money for different areas.
Yid_from_India
suits me fine mate, as i hope you do not get him ;-) altho he is better than all 4 of those very good right backs and 'he' knows this, hence why he will be in the market for him...
pompeyrug
Without johnson this season, we would have been relegated. simple as that. We had a suitable replacement for (almost) every other player in the team - but no-one even came close to johnson. (hence his 9 awards!). All that means that this season alone, he was worth 30million to us. next season, if he stayed, I think we would be safe - another 30million in your pocket. To any other team, he simply would not be worth as much, so they would never pay anything like that much. 15million sounds like a lot for a right back - but we would be mad to sell for less, as to us, he really is worth double that!
pompeycarpet
A West Ham mate of mine told me that a while ago when Johnson was a youngster there, that he single handedly saved West Ham from going down as well!! I'm not sure he is that unhappy with us, until the uncertainty at Pompey is resolved and a vision of the future is clear for all to see, then the speculation will rage on until 1st July. At the end of this season if Johnson had been at Liverpool or Spurs he wouldn't have won anything. So not much different from Pompey apart from that he probably would have been on the bench a lot more under Rafa.
Mike1954
Droppy Chops getting him? I don't think so! Johnson needs to be playing Champions League football! (if we did sell him i mean), maybe at somewhere like Liverpool or Arsenal...
.Andrew.
I know Tottenham is a much bigger club than us, but when you cut all the hype out, they don't really have much more to offer him than we do, especially if we are bought this summer. So if I were him, I would either stay with Pompey for another year (depending on where we are going, of course) or opt for one of the big four, if a decent offer was on the table. Of course, I was fogetting, Tottenham do have ole slobber chops.......
Gandor1
Well i have to say my bit here. Firstly Johnson is first class. and would be a asset to any team. Would he have got to his level at this moment without playing for a club like Pompey. I don't think so At Chelsea he was not a regular and was not developing his England satus,with us he has done that and he knows that if he leaves Pompey then he might not be a regular every week.If we get a buyer then I say he will stay. If not then good luck to him. I hope it is with a club that will flurish his talent. He has plenty of it
race
A much bigger club than us? No they're not! Johnson is such a class player its hard to believe he won't move on to bigger and better things (which is not Spuds) this transfer window. Especially as we need big money if its offered. But he hasn't expressed any wish to leave, he did willingly sign that contract extension and he did threaten to sue the press for saying he was looking to sign at Liverpool. We've showed him how much we love him here with all those trophies, he's first choice to play and has got his England place back while here. There is a little glimmer of hope he might stay - isn't there?
tracyc
Glen owes nothing to us, he has grown into a fine player and given us his best every time he has played. Who could blame him for going to Liverpool? It will be a big task to replace him, but that is football i am afraid, get the 15 million if he has to go and move on
Owenspompey
Come on pompey fans dont believe the hype!! If spurs bought everyone we have been linked we would have a currnet playing staff of 1000 first teamers!! This is all paper talk since Johnson is one of 'Arrys boys. I really cant see him leaving pompey for spurs or pool unless of course you lads put the "FOR SALE' sign on him.
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