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What a miss he will be!

When Younes Kaboul got booked the other night I started thinking 'he must be pretty close to 5 bookings this season,' and he is - in fact, according to The News, it was his 5th so he will now sit out Burnley this weekend...

Younes has arguably been our best player, at least consistency wise, this season and is most certainly the heartbeat of our back 4 - also arguably the best 'leader' I would say, so we will miss him big time!

We have a few options available, and with Steve Finnan back in training he could come back in at right back meaning that Tal Ben-Haim stays in them middle, as he was against Villa on Tuesday, to partner Marc Wilson?

That said Anthony Vanden Borre would probably stay at right back and Finnan on the bench, at best?

Then again we have Mike Williamson, who is still to make his Pompey debut, who could come into the middle and Ben-Haim goes back to the right, but I cannot see Avram Grant making this call, can you?

To be honest I would not mind seeing the guy, but do not think Grant will 'risk' this in such a 'must win' game...

So, I suspect that it will be The Herminator at left back again, Wilson and Ben-Haim in the middle and Vanden Borre at right back, right?

Either way the thing I know for sure is Younes will be sorely missed!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 3 2009

Time: 1:02PM

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Give Williamson a chance, please. Ben-Haim is shocking.
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03/12/2009 13:16:00

How can we cope without Janice? Makes the task even more difficult.
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03/12/2009 13:25:00

I agree Whizz he (Ben HAim) was awful on Tuesday and honestly looked out of place in the middle.. as much as he does on the right !.. That said I think it should be Willaimson and Wilson with Hermann and Ben-Haim as full backs on Saturday .. my midfield would be O'Hara & The Prince and then Vanden Borre and Belhadj to give us some width (not need for holding midfielders v Burnley surely !!) so it's just a question of who we are gonna ask to lead the line and supply the goals.... Smith ? Utaka ? Kanu ? Dindane ? Piquionne ? what riches we have..
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03/12/2009 13:27:00

i dunno about herman at left back chix, he looked pretty bad against villa... but then who else is gonna play there, unless you have belhadj at left back and boateng at left mid... hmm maybe not. oh and also ya missed webber :P
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03/12/2009 13:34:00

Herman to play in the middle with Wilson. People seem to forget how good he actually is in that position. Hopefully Finnan will be fit but if not Ben-Haim at full back with either Vanden Borre or Belhadj filling in on either side.
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03/12/2009 13:35:00

Blimey, didn't realise this ! That might change my vote !!! EEK
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03/12/2009 13:39:00

Im with Bruce. Move Herman into the middle with Wilson and move Belhadj back to left back with either boateng, o'hara or even yebbda infron of him. On the right it can be finnan if fit or Haim with Vanden Borre in front and then yebbda inside.
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03/12/2009 14:29:00

i am glad that others agree with me, as i read someone about ben-haim 'having a very good game in the middle' and showing his 'true quality', i thought the only thing he showed was that he continues to be *****e!
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03/12/2009 14:34:00

I have to pose the question...is this not the time to bring in Williamson? What's wrong with the guy for FS? Got to agree with Chix on this one, about the need for holding midfielders against Burnley. Herman, although 'creeking' and TBH as backs with the width supplied by Belhadj and VDB. Attack and keep Burnley on the back foot. Simple!!!!
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03/12/2009 15:19:00

my cynical nature, which seems to be more and more cynical nowadays, is telling me that we have to pay a fee to watford if williamson starts or even plays - so we are reluctant to play him... cyncial, that is conspiracy theory talk isnt it :-)
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03/12/2009 15:22:00

I'm happy with the suggestion of Herman and Williamson in the middle, didn't Ben Haim have his best game when he switched to right back? that would leave VDB free to go forward on the right wing
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03/12/2009 16:02:00

we are gonna miss his pace in the middle
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03/12/2009 16:12:00

...we're screwed!
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03/12/2009 16:43:00

Super Bock 1898
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03/12/2009 16:44:00

Can we get Sol back? What about Linvoy?
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03/12/2009 17:47:00

Stick Herman in the middle; I personally think he's a fine central defender. Ben Haim...Ben bloody 10 more like!
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03/12/2009 21:19:00


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