Date:Friday August 21 2009
...or should that be don't do it Pompey!
As soon as news filtered through that Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes had been injured, as the twitchy one had just days before been speaking about his 'liking' for David James, the collective groan from all Pompey supporters could be heard.
My immediate thoughts, as I am sure was most others, were Jamie's Dad will be sniffing around more intently in the coming days, and sure enough - according to the papers anyway - he is doing exactly that...
Their version of events is that 'cash strapped Pompey' will look to cash-in on the £2m offered. My thinking is why?
Would £2m really going to make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things!
James might be nearing 40, but he is still one of the top keepers in the game and losing him would be worth a lot more to us - quite simply we cannot afford to lose him as he is so important.
That is putting aside the thoughts that Asmir Begovic is not yet ready and if we think we can rely on a keeper in Antti Niemi who has not played in more than a year, having retired, we are crazy.
All this talk about James losing his England place if he stays at Pompey is rubbish!
If playing for Pompey had ever meant he could not play for England would this have been the case over the past 18-months or so?
Just because we will be facing another relegation battle this will not mean James will not be selected, as his own personal performances will be taken into account not ours, so it does not matter if that is with Pompey or Manyoo - if he performs, wherever this is, he will be in.
I just plead with Pompey not to sell James!
All this said, at the end of the day 'if' James decides that he does want to go then we have to let him, and as with any player that wants out I say get out - I just hope that he is not the one that decides he wants to go, and if not that the club stick to their 'we will not sell him' point of view...
Another, yet again, being 'linked' with the exit gates today is Sylvain Distin.
Yesterday the Pompey captain was apparently 'ready to complete' a move to Villa, who have been long-term suitors for the Frenchman... Today is it Everton who are 'ready to swoop' for him.
Again, assuming it is not Distin wanting to leave, we must again continue to fend off these advances as he is another we cannot afford to leave.
A definitive statement of intent from both players, stressing their commitment to the club would not go a miss, nor would another definite 'they are not for sale' from someone within in, then again would it actually mean anything...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday August 21 2009
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