Date:Sunday December 27 2009
Perhaps he has been 'misquoted' but the thoughts from David James in The Sunday Telegraph are hardly those of a man who is not at least 'thinking' about moving on, are they?
He feels that a move to an 'upwardly mobile club' will better his England prospects and as such is 'flattered' to be 'linked' with Spurs again: 'you could say that I'm flattered by a team of Tottenham's stature and that it would be good for my England chances to join an upwardly-mobile club.'
For me, leaving Pompey is not going 'to be good for his England chances' - the thing that WILL be good for his England chances is him staying fully fit and concentrating on playing football, not thinking it would help doing this somewhere else!
Avram Grant has said a couple of times that James leaving is not something that he wants, and will not allow, yet moving on does 'seem' as though it is something that the 39-year-old now wants?
He says that he feels 'cheated' that the club have sold so many players, that could have helped us now - surely if ANYONE was to understand why I though it would be him, but I guess not? Try being in our shoes mate - we are the ones that were here long before you and WILL be here long after you!
He says he wants to 'help us climb the table' but it seems moving on is more on his thoughts once again: 'you have to focus on where you are, and I want to help Portsmouth to climb the table.
'The departure of so many players from the club last summer was a great pity, especially when those players are your proven goalscorers.
'When half of the team disperse, you feel a bit cheated.'
It was 'thought' that James DID want to leave at the end of the last transfer window but could not get his move - this was something that he denied, but with the latest transfer window approaching again his thoughts do not 'seem' to be doing much to convince me otherwise that he wants to stay.
The way I see it, as much as I like the guy, and think he is still a top keeper, 'if' he wants to go then lets let him go! Although I cannot see the point in Spurs signing him, or him going there - but, hey ho...
He must still be one of our top earners, right?
Yet the more he sits out the season through injury the more a 'waste' it seems, when we cannot afford this.
Asmir Begovic 'would' benefit from a little more time around Jamo, but Begovic continues to grow in stature for me, so I would have no real concerns with him taking over as our no.1 if the man that 'is' meant to be our no.1 when fit does want out...
So, 'if' he wants to go let him go!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday December 27 2009
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