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Pompey's best premier right back was...

Glen Johnson!

'Glen Johnson was the best right back 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 right back 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!

Well, I seem to have gone against my thoughts for the left back area with the man I voted for as our best right back here - for the left back I voted The Herminator over Matty Taylor, who I loved to bits, due to the fact that I felt The Herminator had been a better defender, and defenders 'defend first and attack second.'

It is fair to say that Johnson has exception ability coming forward but his defensive play had been a little ropey at times...

For me though that side of the game, which of course 'should' have been his strongest, really came on and I think it would be fair to say that a lot of this can be attributed to Tony Adams and the work he did with him - added to the fact that he was able to play alongside players such as Linvoy Primus, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin and Younes Kaboul, who would have all helped him develop.

So, whilst defenders should defend first and attack second, Johnson is my exception to the role - that said, as mentioned, I think his defensive ability really improved during his years with us so he was quite easily the best right back we had as the votes showed!

A mention must go to Younes, who was a fantastic servant for us, on and off the field, during his short time with us. He 'probably' will go down in folk law as one of our favourites, if only he could have stayed a little longer and I think he really would have made the 'true legend' status, but hey ho...

  • What the poll asked -

    Pompey's premier years - the best right back?

  • How you voted -

    Glen Johnson 88.89%
    Younes Kaboul 11.11%
    Lauren 0%
    Brian Priske 0%
    Steve Stone 0%
    Djimi Traore 0%
    Anthony Vanden Borre 0%

    This poll was conducted in a thread in the Portsmouth Posts forum - click here.

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last forum poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...


    We are now voting on the best premier league left midfielder that we had, so make sure you cast your vote - click here to vote.

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Saturday July 17 2010

    Time: 9:20AM

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    defenders should defend first and attack second, altho i do not think we can 'really' look past johno could we? tbh i thought he defended, on the whole, pretty well for us too!
    We are now voting on the best premier league left midfielder that we had, so make sure you cast your vote click here to vote.
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    17/07/2010 09:26:00

    yea Rug thats the thing he's come into a lot of criticism at pool but he always defended well for us as far as i remember. as for the poll there was only ever gonna be 1 winner
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    17/07/2010 10:46:00

    Pompeym@ I think " always" is a bit overstated; he was much improved toward the end though.
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    17/07/2010 12:18:00

    I didn't rate him much the first year when he was on loan from Chelsea and I was gobsmacked when we signed him on the eve of the transfer window the next season, but he proved me wrong, his defending got better, he stopped giving the ball away and was sensational sometimes when he went on the attack! Don't they say the best form of defence is attack? It's a great testament to the lad that he left FP with a truckload of end of season trophies.
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    17/07/2010 19:00:00

    I always waited for him to muck up after seeing him the first few times. He has proved himself now as one of the best right backs.
    SFC Forever
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    17/07/2010 23:42:00

    Johnson was great for sure. However, I would have played him as right-midfield instead. I think Hart gave him that role with Kaboul behind him and did really work. Mentioning Kaboul, he is probably my favourite player of all times, bar Benjani. How I wish we get back to the Prmeier League and we get him back, and be our captain. Thinking about Benjani; I think he would be worth in the championship if we had to get him on loan.
    Pompey Malta
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    18/07/2010 12:03:00

    I liked Glen Johnson, but I also liked Younis Kaboul and felt quite sorry for both of them when they went off to there respective clubs, as neither club was going to give them a good reception. I have not followed GJ, but I am pleased to say that Younis has shut the doubters up at Spurs. I felt that he was quite a vulnerable young lad when he first came to us from Spurs, and I just hoped that sending him back again would not be the undoing of him. Thankfully, it was not.
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