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An arrival, but who?

The closure of the 'emergency loan' transfer window is drawing ever near, an arrival is 'expected' but who will it be?

We could play the 'second guessing' game all day long, trying to guess who it will be but I think the things that we have to think about mostly are:

* Which clubs will deal with us?
* How much these clubs will contribute to what players are being paid?
* How much will these clubs want for the use of their player on loan?
* How well will the player fit in with the others that we have and how influential will they be?
* And I guess, arguably most important of all, are they any better than what we already have? If not why sign them!

Defensively we have looked a bit 'rocky', to say the least, at times although I still feel that we 'should' have enough to see us through until the New Year when 'maybe' we could look at this again...

The strikers might not exactly be firing at the moment, and finding the right combination is something that is needed - again though, for me this is not something we should be looking to pull out all the stops to increase, as we 'should' have enough to start firing again.

We are 'light', putting it mildly, in midfield - yes those that start are usually doing a job but there is VERY little that we can turn to on the bench to change, or improve on, what we have. So, I maintain my thoughts that a midfielder should be the priority that we look to bring in before the deadline arrives.

With limited loans allowed, well at least allowed to be in the same match day squad I think that Steve Cotterill's thoughts that bringing in more than 1 loanee is 'counter productive', because we could not use them all make plenty of sense.

January 'should' see some activity, although quite what this will bring remains to be seen?

Although the same situation is one that we would be faced with, so either returning some of the loanees, or 'trying' to make them permanent moves, is something that could be looked into.

Of course Liam Lawrence will no longer be a loan player in January as his move can then be made the permanent transfer it should have been all along in accordance to the agreed deal, right?

That opens up an extra loan space...

Then there is Greg Halford, who will either return to Wolves or have his loan extended again.

But that is for another day!

The priority is what will happen now, or in the next day or so.

This loan move that we make, or should make, 'could' be pivotal in our season as bringing in the right person to help see us through to the New Year may well make a hell of a lot of difference?

Now, lets get this right...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday November 23 2010

    Time: 12:25PM

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    Rug, on current form, no mate the defense is not sufficient to survive until January - assuming you mean being clear of the relegation zone; particularly as Pompey are one of the divisions current teams most likely to concede. For mr it has to be a defender, apart from recently we haven't had a problem to create chances; and those who laugh at Nugent probably want to consider he is moving toward a goal every other game , whilst Kitson is going the other way. One wonder's where Webber will fit into the mix, I still think Utaka will go in January; can't fault too much in 5 of his last 6 performances.
    Russellm
    The thing with loan players is always the same: usually they don't have quality. Last year we managed to loan O'Hara, Piquionne and Yebda. But how many times a loan comes as good as these ? This year, we loaned Sonko and Dickinson which for me, both are not good enough. Halford is the most likely to be signed permanantly. We must be very very careful in loaning a player, and I agree Rug, he must be a midfielder with an offensive mind. I don't know who that might be, but if we try to push Liam across the middle, then we can try to get forgotten man Bentley from Spurs. He can do a good job. Others who pop up are also Spurs players: O'Hara and Kaboul. O'Hara is a defensive midfielder though and Kaboul would give us the stability we need at the back and push Rocha to left back. But Kaboul will not be loaned and O'Hara is not someone we should look for. I just hope that Cotterill gets this one right, this time!
    Pompey Malta
    Kaboul scored for Spurs last week against Arsenal. He won't be going anywhere anytime soon. We can't afford O'Hara and surely there would be many prem teams queuing for him, so he wouldn't want to come to us anyway. But I agree with Russell, we get plenty of chances to score - we just don't seem to be able to finish, so it is not a midfielder we need, but a defensive player.
    Gandor1
    Word on the street is that we have gone for Ray Wilkins. He can help with the coaching, still beat Kanu in a sprint and will cut up the oranges at half time. I am certainly in favour.
    blueexile
    beckham, owen and o'hara
    robertpog
    sorry ashdown herminator rocka moka ward lawrence beckhan o'hara halford utaka kitson
    robertpog
     

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