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Belhadj on his way?

Not for the first time, well at least 'allegedly', Nadir Belhadj has been pretty 'outspoken' about his Pompey future.

Over the summer he was 'quoted' as saying that he wanted to join Harry Redknapp at Spurs, and now - talking to Le Buteur - the Algerian is talking about moving on in January as his frustrations at his lack of football grow: 'a departure during the window? Yes, I really think so. I am confined to the bench and this does not suit me.

'I do not get to go to the World Cup without competition in my legs. So my sporting interests command me to go and look for playing time at another club.

'In the window, I can quit Portsmouth to join a club where they will trust me. I do not know where but I know I want a change.'

Whilst I think the players should do their talking on the pitch, or at least behind closed doors, this does not happen does it. His 'outspoken' thoughts are not really going to do him much good are they?

To be fair I could see why he would want to move on as he does not seem to feature in the plans here, which is perhaps a shame as we do know what he can do - that said I am not sure his heart is in it anymore, as it has not appeared to be with his limited chances this season.

He will need to play to go to the world cup, so leaving seems his best chance of doing this?

To be honest I would not mind seeing him play in a more advanced role on the left, but then do we play him instead of Jamie O'Hara or Kevin-Prince Boateng?

Not really do we...

'If' we do go with a 4-5-1, as we often do, would it not be more effective for us to use Belhadj and Tommy Smith as these wide options?

So, I could still see a place for him but I am not convinced that he will be used so there does seem to be only one outcome, I would HOPE that we sell for a price that is reflective though and not just sell for the sake of selling...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 7 2009

Time: 4:10PM

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Well I'm a fan of his, so will be gutted if he does go. I'm hoping he gets used between now and January. There's been plenty of games where I'm sure he'd have made a difference if he'd been on the pitch instead of kicking his heels.... I know it causes selection problems, but there have been so many games when we've been crying out for a wide-man to get crosses in after being stymied in the middle of the park.
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07/12/2009 16:31:00

Would be a big shame to lose him as he is very talented and one of our best players. Sure he can be reckless but he can also open up teams and create chances. I'd certainly have him in the team ahead of Ben Haim or Hreidarsson (although I love Herman's desire).
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07/12/2009 16:35:00

He ain't gonna get in ahead of O'Hara. His defending as a left back is atrocious. That's Hermann's berth for sure. So, yeah, let him go. He has skill and talent but is far from the finished article. Defensively weak and to be honest think he has a questionable attitude. Proven by this news. He struts around like a South London five-a-side footballer and gets in a visible huff if he doesn't get service or makes a mistake! Ta ta. But I hope he gets to play somewhere regularly and makes the World Cup because he certainly can entertain.
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07/12/2009 16:37:00

Bye bye then Bellend
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07/12/2009 17:36:00

Billy is right he needs to play football before the World Cup but he should play it here. He MUST improve his defending and the dessire to want to play tricks rather play the simple ball. Left sided players are are rarity these days and he could be a very good one.
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07/12/2009 18:51:00

I love watching Belhadj and I agree that if you'e on the bench, you're getting nowhere. Will be sad to see him go but would agree that he doesn't quite live up to the potential. Those of us who love the idea of Belhadj love the idea of him with Traore and love the idea of him being able to defend (part of a back 4 which included Campbell, Distin and Johnson was not as worrying as the current line-up) Good luck, mate.
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07/12/2009 21:18:00

Good intermittently, far too petulant and prone to red/yellow cards. Adios.
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07/12/2009 22:24:00

I will be sorry to see him go. Especially if we have to give O'hara back and still have the embargo upon us......
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08/12/2009 00:24:00

If there is an embargo on us at that time, we obviously couldn't buy, but does that not also restrict the sale of players from the club?
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08/12/2009 06:58:00

He has a lot going for him. If only he could learn from the mistakes he makes but he doesn't - he just seems to repeat them next game and hopes he gets away with it.
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08/12/2009 10:01:00

I'd be sorry to see him go, but if he wants to go then it might be for the best. We criticise players who are happy to sit on the bench and take their wages, so we have to accept it when they don't. And we want players to want to stay and scrap for us. And given whats going on at the club right now (whatever that is) I'm not suprised if some of the players want away.
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