Date:Wednesday July 14 2010
'Linvoy Primus was the best central defender that we had during our premier league years', not my vote, yours - although these findings from the forum poll to determine who was our stand out central defender during the 7-year stay on the premier league are thoughts I would agree with...
The premier league years have brought us many ups and downs and many good and bad players; we focus on the good here though!
My love for Linvoy, and I genuinely love Linvoy - I am not afraid to say it, is no secret really. So, with that in mind many 'might' think that I agree with how this went for that simple reason?
Although I can say, hand on heart, that as good, and high profile, as some of these others names were - with us, before us and some after us - for a consistency level there were few as good as the big man for a sustained period of time, and all of this despite being written off more than once!
His commitment, passion and faith did a lot to help make him such a favourite but you also have to have some form of natural ability, and Linvoy found that - for me the fact that he has a positive affect on others helped the team as a whole.
Sol Campbell, whatever people might think of him, was a fantastic defender but I remain convinced that Linvoy made that partnership during Sol's first season at the club. Sol 'often' needs a steadying influence alongside him, when you would have thought that a man of his experience would be the one to offer that, and Linvoy did that. Both were good but I know which one looked more like a season international that season...
As said we have had some quality defenders but I cannot let this pass without a mention to the runner-up Arjan De Zeeuw.
Another in the Linvoy mould really. Never really regarded as having immense quality, well not until he was advancing in years anyway, although it was what he was able to do to inspire the team that helped the most and that commitment level, and consistency, set him apart from some others.
Younes is another that will go down as one of the all time fans favourites, so I think he needs a mention - had we been in a position to keep him I feel sure we would have, and also feel sure that this would have given him a better chance to have genuinely gone down as a Fratton legend.
So, a central defensive pairing of Linvoy Primus and Arjan De Zeeuw is how this vote went for the premier league defence - I would go along with that!
Date:Wednesday July 14 2010
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