Crouch finds his spurs...again
Peter Crouch has been confirmed as a Spurs re-signing, re-joining them almost a decade after first leaving them, in which time he has gone on to play for several clubs, including Pompey twice.
A fee of around £10m, although the club have it as undisclosed, sees the England international link up again with Jamie's Dad - who shafts us again, jeez just imagine how cruel he would be if Pompey was not 'his spiritual home!' - who may well have actually re-signed him for Spurs for less than we actually paid the bin dippers 12-months ago? See, he was right, there was no sell on value in Crouch...
To be honest I am gutted to see Crouch leave again, I have always liked the guy and really do think that people that did not rate him, that got on his back - and I saw and heard this a hell of a lot last season - will soon realise what we have lost, granted playing him as a lone striker did not see the best come from him, as that is not his game.
I remain unconvinced that it was actually Crouch's decision to want to leave, but at the end of the day when you have a contract if you insist you do not want to leave no one can make you, then again we have seen from past experiences that once we tell you that you are going, you are going - even if you 'miss' flights!
A club spokesman told the Pompey Site: 'we are sorry to see Peter go both as a player and a person and would like to thank him for playing a key role in keeping the club in the Premier League last season.
'His sale was necessitated by the club's commitment to repay scheduled debts while we are in a transitional period of completing the takeover.
'We will now be looking to add fresh faces to the first-team squad as soon as possible.'
So, there you have it, this seems to follow the theme and thoughts that we have been having here on Vital Pompey - other debts needed clearing, we are clearing them to get us out of the trouble the club has got us in so then Dr SAF can 100% complete his takeover and then take it from there.
As for his joining Spurs, well that was his call, but with a new home being built in the area it is being built, to be fair he had to go somewhere that was convenient for him, and Spurs is...
I am miffed that we have let him leave for less, even though undisclosed, than Sunderland were willing to play though! That is not on at all, and is a clear indicator that we had to let him go, but I maintain my thoughts 'for the greater good' ultimately.
But, he is gone, and he is gone for the price that the club accepted, we cannot alter this - I will wish him well, but not too well. I do feel that he is just another of the 'pawns' in Jamie's Dad chess game, a game that has left a trail of destruction behind him everywhere he has been, do not say you had not, and still are not warned Spurs...
Whilst we might think that we cannot possibly offload anyone else, do not be surprised if another player or so did leave - players will arrive but they will be nowhere near the calibre of players that have been before them, well at least not for the foreseeable future, however once again Vital Pompey urges you, as hard as it is, to keep the faith. Back the side, the manager and the players that pull on the shirt, for me, so long as they give 100% that is all I ask.
PLAY UP POMPEY!