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Prince gets defensive, as he's offensive...

...and not 'offensive' as in unpleasant, offensive as in attacking!

Prince - as Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to be know, has uttered words, to The News, that are 'music to my ears.'

He claims that he is not a defensive midfielder and has been signed on the instruction not to be: 'Paul Hart has also told me he doesn't want me to be a defensive midfielder and that's fine by me.'

It has been my thinking that in Jamie O'Hara we had an option that would get forward, so with him as part of a central 3, as part of the 4-5-1 system, he could get forward offering us an attacking threat - if Prince can do this too then it is happy days!

The former German U21 also said: 'when I first arrived in England at Spurs, Martin Jol thought I was a defensive midfielder.

'That's where he put me all the time in training. He just wanted me to concentrate on the defence.

'I'm not a defensive midfielder, I like to go forward, I like to get into the box and get into positions and score. That's what I want to do.

'If there are chances I can score goals, I just want to go forwards.

Attack away...

Of course the likes of O'Hara Prince cannot, and for me will not, neglect their defensive duties but with someone like Aaron Mokoena deployed solely as that defensive screen for the back 4, rarely venturing further forward than the half way line, this only backs up mine - and others' - thoughts that we have a great deal of creative, and goalscoring threat, from the midfield now than we did.


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 4 2009

Time: 2:41PM

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He sounds clever, we should call him smartprice - or did you mean Prince?
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04/09/2009 14:58:00

I heard he likes to be called "The Prince". I'd love to have a nickname that starts with The.
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04/09/2009 15:01:00

Blimey, The King, and the Prince are playing in the Royal Blue ! Good job we got rid of that queen to the Spurs
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04/09/2009 15:21:00

which of them exactly Barny?
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04/09/2009 15:29:00

I can see Prince in the centre of a MOkoena, Diop, PB midfield with a spearhead three of O'hara (left) Piq (centre) and Utaka/ Dindane (right). NiCE
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04/09/2009 15:29:00

I'm going to be watching "The Prince's" progress with you with interest. I always thought he looked good and will become a quality player. Does make you wonder about communication at a club when Jol was playing him DM but he see's himself as an AM! Maybe thats the result of a Director of Football feeding players to the Coach. As for the Kruncjar comment - 2.5m for a player worth around 10m+ last season! lol If you got any more "queens" like that we'd be more than happy to take them!
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04/09/2009 15:34:00

MJB- you already have... crouch.... defoe... yadda yadda yadda.... I think Prince could easily be another Kaboul... not rated at spurs but comes into his own at a plce like Pompey
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04/09/2009 15:40:00

you do keep having these little 'digs' dont you pros7... instead of picking up on 'minor' mistakes and knocking what is said have you not thought of adding something constructive?
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04/09/2009 15:46:00

and what is pros short for... I have my suspicions
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04/09/2009 15:56:00

Im tempted to get a shirt with "The Prince" printed on the back. But anyway.. He looks like a brilliant player, and saying he is an AM, can only be a good thing. Maybe PH is actually going to attack, for once. Prince, King, Axe, Calamity, Piq - there are some cool names there! :D
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04/09/2009 16:01:00

Sorry MJB, you've got all the queens now! and who said it was Kranjcar?? Casting aspertions on your own players already, before he's even played....all is not well at the lane !
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04/09/2009 16:02:00

Wish this guy the best of luck, like many others he was the victim of some absurd management at spurs.
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04/09/2009 16:03:00

drkovorkian - Yeah he always looked decent, an attacking midfielder who can put his foot in, a rare breed indedd. I think he'll develope into a great player for Pompey. I personally would have liked to keep him but Juande didn't even give him a squad number for the first half of last season, I don't think anyone would want to stay under those circumstances
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04/09/2009 16:21:00

I think he will very much be like Kaboul. I thought he was a very good prospect too but was slung in at the deep end with us in a Defensive crisis and then over critisised for a couple of minor mistakes. BarneyArmy, I can't bring myself to dig back at pompey fans. I actually feel a bit sorry for you all (genuinely) and hope you stay up this season.
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04/09/2009 16:57:00

Gulp sorry Rug, only meant as a joke, honest! And it's short for Prosinecki, Jim. I'm actually feeling quite positive about Prince. He's been bigging up the fans on the OS as well and we all know flattery will get you everywhere!
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04/09/2009 17:00:00

sorry pros, having a bad day...
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04/09/2009 17:10:00

The Frippy.
Pompey Malta
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04/09/2009 17:11:00

MJBSpur, when you start watching the Queen week in week out, you will probably notice that out of 34 league games left he will score 2 goals, create 3, play them all and shine in 4! By then, you would start vomiting and ask yourself why did the Red Faced Twitch wanted to pay a huge amount of 2.5 for her, erm, him.
Pompey Malta
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04/09/2009 17:15:00

arr dont say that malta cause you know as well as i do that he'll prolly play well again, now he's back with twitchy. =/ but prince looks a really decent prospect and i didn't think he was a DM when he signed but people kept telling me he was lol, bring on bolton :D
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04/09/2009 17:59:00

Yeah, bring on Bolton, I can't wait. It really does sound as though we now have some players who want to play football. I hope we all give them a real good Pompey welcome next week. Show them what its like to be appreciated!
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04/09/2009 19:34:00

All sound positive; he was recommended by that bloke we are not allowed to mention. Re pros7 pr@ no7 is bad enough; can you imagine being around the other 6. In there favour it seems vital spurs think he is a t055er
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04/09/2009 19:59:00

The Fripster.
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05/09/2009 15:49:00


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