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This is your year Martin Cranie?

'This is Martin Cranie's year', not my vote, yours - although these findings from race's poll are thoughts that I kind of agree with...

I would agree that this year has to be the year for Cranie to come out of the shadows at Pompey or there will not be a year for him at the club, although I am not entirely sure that he has the capability of making a spot his own in the Pompey side?

The departure of Glen Johnson has left a massive spot that needs replacing - to be honest we are not going to be able to replace that void, merely fill it and whilst we have several candidates to do this Cranie is arguably the most recognisable right back that we have...problem I have is I am not certain of his ability to play a premier league season, right back or not!

That said, Stuart Pearce is no mug is he and knows a thing or two about being a full back, so if he rates Cranie enough to keep picking him for the England U21 side he must be doing something right eh? Although premier league football is a far cry from that at U21 level really isn't it.

For me Cranie has to make the step-up to the 1st team next season for Pompey, if he does not I cannot see him having a long-term future at Fratton - but is this long-term as a right back or central defender, that I guess is the real question that needs answering...

  • What the poll asked - Is it a good time for Martin Cranie to step up to the first eleven given his England under 21 status?

  • How you voted - Yes, this is his year 75%, No he will not ever be a premier league regular 13%, Bring him on through the reserves for another season 8%, Farm him out for another year 4%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday June 23 2009

    Time: 7:55AM

    Your Comments

    I voted that i would like to see him step up to the first team, however, we desperatley need a new centre back. One with experience!
    nodster
    Yes, between Cranie, Wilson and Kaboul we have numbers but maybe a little short on Prem experience. I do think we need another centre back.
    bluedr
    Think Cranie should be given a chance. He will be a different player to GJ in as much as he will be more of a full back and I believe a better defender given a run of games. Thats not a having a pop at GJ as overall he was superb for us, however at times he did leave us a bit exposed as he ventured at times to far up the pitch. All the very best to you GJ you deserve the crack at Pool. Back to Cranie, 'yes' and with Kaboul, Distin and Herman along side him. Still a very strong back 4.
    blarmy
    I disagree - don't think Cranie is up to it. If it's all we've got then it's all we've got, but I think we need a top-class right back to fill in once the top-class right back we already have goes. That said, prove me wrong Cranie!!
    PFCGino
    I would like him to be given a chance,bring him into the first team squad and given a run of games we might find a good RB option. Saying that, if the side don't have the points by mid season I think we will have to buy in the Jan window and this means he could find himself struggling to get into the squad.
    race
    I think it's a straight forward case of nothing ventured nothing gained. If he doesn't get a crack at it, both he and we will never know. What's the point of bringing through a young player who shows promise and then cut him short on gaining further experience in the first team. Glen Johnson didn't actually perform very well when he first played for us, making lots of defensive errors, but we all know how he turned out. You never know, we just may have a jem in Cranie waiting to break out.
    cornypomp
    In the couple of run out he has had he looked more than adequate to play in that role. Ok, so he may not replace Johnno and his wonder goals, who in our hearts replaced Super Matty and his wonder goals, but a few decent slide tackles and crunches of players off the ball will do me fine! Bring it on Cranie this is your moment!
    sneakay
    I'm not convinced. GL isn't far from being truly world class & almost irreplaceable. Craine has it in him to do well but without decent players around hime will get exposed. Still a championship player in my opinion.
    storagematt
     

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