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Following the appeal by HMRC, and we now await the outcome of this case, we pretty much knew for sure that 'what we have now is what we have pretty much got for the 'foreseeable' future' as no transfers can really be made until the embargo is lifted, if it is?

I say 'what he have is what we have got', although technically, with the football league's approval, strictly speaking we 'might' see a couple more late arrivals before the weekend, and most probably others will be sold, perhaps not before the weekend though.

This, in some cases, is a necessity...

It seems, again given that football league approval, we can get 'dispensation' to bring in a few players 'if' our numbers dip below 20, which will be the case when others are sold.

We are left in an awkward position at the moment as the 'experienced players', that we have left, carry the greater value although they also command the highest wages - that said some, although a number are being moved on, of the '1st team' members are on around £3,000 per week each, some of these are nowhere near, and never will be, 1st team level either!

Given the fact that we cannot bring in too much it is clearly essential that we try to keep an 'experienced spine' throughout the side, ideally with at least one experienced player to act as the focal point in each area.

So, for me, we MUST - if at all possible - keep Aaron Mokoena in central defence, Michael Brown in central midfield and Tommy Smith as a forward.

With us also having Ibrahima Sonko this gives Moko an experienced partner to play alongside and would then also allow Marc Wilson, assuming we can keep him, to push further forward. Ideally playing just in front of the back four but behind Brown - this would benefit both the player and of course the side as this is his best position.

With some 'senior' midfielders also retained we look 'pretty strong' in that area, even after other expected departures and at the moment Smith looks to have some senior players to play alongside up top as well.

So, it is not all 'doom and gloom', providing injuries and suspensions do not bite too hard!

Although we must remember that keeping a 'sustainable' squad together is what we need so there will be more goings, lets just hope that they are the 'expected departures' that will allow us to keep others that we want to as a result.

It would have been fantastic if we could have kept David James as that last line of defence as he would have made a great difference but at least in Jamie Ashdown we have experience and a proper run of games, as the no.1, might see his true potential finally realised?

Although the essential thing is having a base of Moko, Browny and Smithy to build around, as I feel this gives us a 'decent' spine to build on...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday August 5 2010

    Time: 12:13PM

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    I agree Rug, but they will need to play out of their skins and start every game and to do that Brown & Mok will need to watch their, shall we say, traditional style tackles. The Refs will be looking out for them and not having depth of squad Pompey are going to have to watch discipline.
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    05/08/2010 13:01:00

    Russellm at least we will be playing in the championship. Championship strikers are nowhere near the Premier ones, so that could be a positive factor. They can controll them much better I assume. Rug, spot on, this is what I have been thinking about. Wilson can also play as right back too if we are down to bare bones (something which will happen for sure).
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    05/08/2010 13:47:00

    i've never believed our squad was all that bad anyway tbh, the only time we will struggle is if we pick up 3 or 4 injuries before webber and herman are back, but when they're back we should be absolutely fine i think. that said we do need a right back and desperately cause at the weekend i'd assume seeing as mullins is injured it'll be wilson starting there and even though both will do a job there better in other positions
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