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Double-edged sword?

Double-edged sword?

Whilst I really hope that Matty Ritchie can, at some point, be given a chance to prove that he has a long-term future with Pompey if he is going to benefit from extending his loan with Notts County, why not?

This loan expires at the end of the year and he is now 'expressing a desire' to extend this further.

If he came back to Pompey and would seriously get a crack at 1st team football in the New Year then I would have him back in a heartbeat, but as this is not that likely - this season anyway, even if I had 'hoped' it would be - we may as well let him stay with Notts County and carry on playing football, right?

The drawback with loans can be that players get a real taste for this 1st team football, so when they return and do not get this, which some do not, they can get a little twitchy regarding their future.

So, and assuming we do nothing more than extend his spell away from Fratton in a loan capacity, lets just say that he stays away until the end of the season this will mean that Ritchie has had 2-years of regular football with Dagenham and Notts County, will he want to return as a 'squad player' with us?

There lies the 'potential' problem...

I also worry about having the same issue with Asmir Begovic, who is also 'angling' for his loan with Ipswich to be extended - so, again, he will benefit from this but the more he plays the less he will want to play second fiddle to anyone here when he comes back.

I do tend to feel that both are good enough to have good careers with Pompey, so hope they return, and whilst I think they are benefiting from regular football the more they get the more they will want, and 'maybe' the less they will want to return - especially Begovic who is also looking to build himself an international career with Bosnia.

Although I would hope that with 'most' having come through a youth system under Paul Hart, and using Marc Wilson's progression this season under him as something to 'inspire them' they do not look to act to 'hastily'...

If the guys are good enough we have to convince them that they have future at the club, and then give them the chances when they return - if staying away for a while longer is for the best in the 'short-term' then so be it, but lets not forget about our 'long-term', which we want them to be a part of, right?

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday November 17 2009
Time: 1:00PM

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That's the rub, Rug. We must applaud their desire to play football but we must be mindful that they will get the taste for playing 1st team football and that we could lose them. Don't forget that we're doing the same with our loan players and want to sign them at the end of their loan periods.
PFCblue
17/11/2009 13:14:00
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yes but their value will go up so if they do want to leave and pompey dont stay in their way get good money for them and put a hefty sell on clause in the deal.
pompeyhussler
17/11/2009 13:41:00
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Swings and Roundabouts I'm afraid. We can't have it both ways. I'm certainly well pleased by our loan signings, and would hate to think where we'd be without them.
cornypomp
17/11/2009 20:19:00
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Matt Richie, Tom Kilbey and Joel Ward. Three names that i hope Pompey keep, great players who i hope will be in the Pompey first team in the next couple of years.
PompeyFcMad
17/11/2009 23:40:00
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