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Re-hashed and re-used?

The News is this morning running a story that Pompey are 'keen on the West Brom left-back' Paul Robinson as we 'begin the process of reshaping their squad for next season.'

We seem to be linked with the defender every summer, so for me I can only see this as being a 're-hashed' and 're-used' story with it an easy assumption to make based on this history now that he has 'made it clear he wants away from the Hawthorns.'

Ok, The Herminator might be knocking on and be out of contract this summer - and nothing has been decided yet, as is Noe Pamarot - who is being 'linked' with a move away, and to be honest I would let him go! Add Armand Traore returning to Arsenal after his loan we 'could' be short of left back options, but, despite his 'unorthodox' style we do still have Nadir Belhadj.

Granted we possibly will need to look at a left back, but I would be happier to keep The Herminator although I do not think we should rule out a permanent return of Traore - the chances are he has now slipped behind Kieron Gibbs in the Arsenal thinking so I still maintain my thoughts that they would let him go. So, something along the lines of £5m would make a better investment, long-term as much as anything, than a £1.5m signing of the 30-year-old Robinson for me...

Even taking into account all of what I have said, which could well be totally disagreed with - which is fair enough, I think it is being forgotten that we do not actually have a manager in place yet do we, so who would be making these decisions? Who says that whoever we finally do appoint would even want him!

Not too much substance to this one for me, if Bolton want him - and I think they too have been 'linked' in the past as well, so another easy one - let them have him I say...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 5 2009

Time: 9:47AM

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I don't know anything about Paul Robinson. Is he any good? I'm inclined to agree with you, Rug. Hermann was huge for us in the latter half of the season. Not only was he huge in defence, but he was an attacking threat in the air too. He's made a slow start to the season two years in a row, but both times he's fought his way back with a string of storming performances. That's the kind of steel you have real difficulty buying. I hope we can make him an offer real soon.
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05/06/2009 09:53:00

its madness that we are being linked with anyone, along with the johnson saga, who would buy this player? and who is selling johnson? so someone is selling our best player right infront of the doctor? before hes bought the club?we havent even released our out of contract players!! 'buying robinson' is lazy journalism and ild have a 43 year old herman every time, re-sign him.
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05/06/2009 10:08:00

sorry herman 34!
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05/06/2009 10:16:00

Agree about Hermann should be offered another year as he is wery fit and inspirational.

The fans will love Robinson because he is a very similar player chest thumping and a good left foot.
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05/06/2009 10:26:00

34 or 43 i would still prefer the herminator!
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05/06/2009 10:26:00

i think the picture above, and various others that i have seen of robinson over the years - and from seeing him play - backs up your thoughts dave, but how can we sign players until a manager has been installed?
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05/06/2009 10:27:00

Herman is far too slow to be playing in the top flight, forget all this about him being loyal and a nice bloke thing, we need a left back who is quick and can tackle, and if beaten has the pace to recover, Herman does not have this ability and we need someone who has. Our team is full of nice blokes who tick the loyalty box, Linvoy and Hughsey to name two others, we need to tale the opportunity with the takeover to bring in some talented footballers. They will be available so whoever gets the job can then go out and bring them in. Belhadj is not a shoe in at left back either is he? He tackles like my missus at times, loves going forward not so keen on the defensive side.
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05/06/2009 10:47:00

Fair point about Hermann's pace. Given talk of Distin leaving and we know Campbell is likely to leave, might we move Hermann into the middle of the park to partner Kaboul? And then bring Robinson in as left back and push Belhadj up into left of midfield where Traore has been playing for us? Assuming we have to make do without any big money signings, could that be a decent option?
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05/06/2009 12:38:00

Should try and buy the young lad from Leicester, Joe Mattock one for the future!
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05/06/2009 12:39:00

I would personally love to sign the two young fullbacks at Sheffield United, they both look like a class act, get them at a decent price, put the usual clauses for appearances and Internationals in place.
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05/06/2009 12:55:00

good shout! i know the guys your talking about, both around 18 or 19 i think arent they, are the both called kyle? naughton - is that one of them i think...
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05/06/2009 13:04:00

Another past his sell buy date thug who we wouldn't want as a struggling prem team, let alone one with much higher aspirations.
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05/06/2009 14:44:00

So we have possibaly loads of money coming in and we look at ***** like him.Yes he is a strong tackler and a no nonsense defender but he wont improve us.Agree with pompeyrug Kyle Naughton and Bennet would be good for us and there are so yound as well
stfc ballboy
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05/06/2009 16:20:00

He'd be ok as cover, nothing else.
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05/06/2009 18:52:00

Have to agree with Owens, as much as we like Herman, when up against the smaller player, he gets turned & has not got the pace to get back, as for Belhadj better up the field, as Traore thats why we did not see them togeather later in the season once teams sused them out. So yes I feel we need a left back, but Robinson does not fit the bill.
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05/06/2009 18:57:00

in my opinion robinson is a championship player and would be no good if we are trying to build a good team. the herminater will do the job fine at leftback if he does'nt stay we should sigh a new leftback.
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05/06/2009 19:34:00

and messi
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05/06/2009 19:35:00

another look at delph perhaps ? and mattock ?
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05/06/2009 19:48:00

For me, i would be happy if we strenghtened with Walker and Naughton from the Blades, and then resigned Benjy and Gary O'Neill. Also Ledley, Elliott and Fernandes at City and the other Fernandes from Valencia , Huddlestone and Bent would be sound additions as well.
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06/06/2009 11:05:00

just a few names then owens :-)
thats the one kyle's walker and naughton... would be happy with benji and o'neil back, altho worry slightly about ruining things with benji as he picks up more injuries now and this might disrupt his ability to perform and tarnish some of the previous times?
ledley? the cardiff one? and elliott from bristol city? not so sure on the citeh guy, he is the swiss international isnt he, gelson fernandez is it? i think i would be happy to have manuel fernandes back for sure and wouldnt say no to huddlestone or to bent tbh, as i think given fair crack he will score plenty of goals - to be fair he hasnt done bad with spurs with limited time has he!
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06/06/2009 12:58:00

No, i think Bent just needs a run in the team and told how good he is. Benjy always has injury worries, but when he is fit he would always be worth a punt.
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06/06/2009 19:24:00

Agree with stfc we should be looking at a higher class or player. Not Messi and Kaka that's silly, but certainly international players. That doesn't mean we get rid of everyone in our squad, but we need to reinforce and build up a bit, and its more proven internationals that we need. Or players who are on the fringe of being internationals and just need a decent run at it - like Bent perhaps.
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