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Moko's back, but will he be in?

Moko's back, but will he be in?

We now know that Aaron Mokoena is eligible to play tomorrow, as his work permit has been sorted out.

The question, and dilemma, for Steve Cotterill is 'does he recall him?'

With the loan move for David Cotterill now 100% officially confirmed this also throws another ingredient into the mix.

So, it is not as cut and dried as Jonathan Hogg missing out through suspension and Moko coming back in with some reshuffling accommodating him...

Well, at least it should not be!

If Moko is the undoubted captain that Cotterill wants then that answers all the questions and he comes back in.

If there are any reservations as to him retaining this or him leaning towards Liam Lawrence keeping this from now on then there is a chance that Cotterill will leave him out?

To be honest if you want a settled back four, which is something Cotterill complains about not being able to do, then if you have the chance of doing this you do it.

If you opt not to do so then you are a fool to yourself, the players and Portsmouth Football Club if you change things and you do not need to, surely?

So, as tough a decision as it may well be for Cotterill surely he has to leave Moko on the bench, leave the defence that faced Doncaster intact and bring David Cotterill in for an instant debut on the left side, or right side of an attacking midfield position.

Well, that is what I think I would do anyway.

Whatever happens, and however we look at it, it IS a good dilemma for Cotterill.

Having the ability to decide to leave people out is a rarity that we have not often seen this season, or for a year or so really!

Am I right or am I wrong?

Share some thoughts on what you think will, or should, happen with your comments below...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Friday February 18 2011
    Time: 3:08PM

    Comments

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    Hope he isn't ; why reward stupidity?
    russellm
    18/02/2011 15:33:00
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    Im with Russell 100% - but I fear very much he will play,still whenever its been "oh no not Moks" he has generally upped his game....
    pompeyweller
    18/02/2011 15:42:00
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    Dejan Mk2.... loyal, nice bloke but a very average footballer.
    cornypomp
    18/02/2011 16:15:00
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    Cornypomp I can't agree, Steff was a good skipper.
    russellm
    18/02/2011 17:53:00
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    Cornypomp I can't agree, Steffa was a good skipper.
    russellm
    18/02/2011 17:53:00
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    Play him in midfield or stick him on the bench - DO NOT disrupt the back four that kept a clean sheet last week PLEASE SC!
    eastneydave
    18/02/2011 17:58:00
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    Russell I think you're looking back through rose tinted specs. I remember him as a very average player who had a nasty habit of giving away penalties and free kicks in the final third...ours. Take a read of a previous Vital article http://www.portsmouth.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=75386
    cornypomp
    18/02/2011 22:25:00
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    not disputing hes had his moments, but im saying he was a good skipper
    russellm
    18/02/2011 23:59:00
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    Corneypomp - actually i cant think of a pompey defender who hasnt had their moments, DeZeuw had his fair share; as did my old favourite Sol ( before he turned out to be mental) or Noel "off the back of his head " Blake. Tait, early Linvoy- Wilson all started as coq up merchants so nope cant agree that cos Stef went on a year too long and arguing with Sol ( 5 or 6 pen errors) doing what he should be fnar fnar it makes him a bad skipper or bad player over the whole of his Pompey life.
    russellm
    19/02/2011 00:08:00
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    If you look at my original comment Russ I wasn't saying he was a bad skipper...as such. Just comparing Mok the Weaks current supposedly un-dropable position because of his captaincy, to the similar situation that came about with Dejan. Both loyal nice blokes but very average footballers who kept their place in the team when there were better options available.
    cornypomp
    19/02/2011 11:57:00
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