Vital Football

Pompey The New Chelsea?

Pompey The New Chelsea?


On the face of it, of course not. The money of Gaydamak will never rival the money of the world's 10th richest man, Roman Abramovich. But when you look into certain aspects of the new 'Tsar' regimes, there is one similarity that is obvious to see, and this is in the transfer market, and the over inflated prices both clubs are now facing.

When Abramovich first took office within the Chelsea village, transfer prices in europe, as well as around the globe, had deflated to something that we could at least to deem to be acceptable. Within a few weeks however, it seemed the transfer market have gone mad. Glen Johnson, who of course will replace Brian Priske in the Pompey right back position next season, was signed for what seemd an incredible £6m for an unproven 18 year old defender, whilst Chelsea also spent what now seems like a ridiclious £15.5 million on Adrian Mutu. Juan Sebastian Veron was also signed after a terrible spell at Manchester United, for what again seemed like silly money. 30 year old Andrij Shevchenko was of course also added to the squad this summer, for that also seems like a crazy £30million for a man of his age, and at this stage of his career.

What has all this got to do with Pompey? Well I see the same thing happening again, albeit on alot smaller scale. Curtis Davies for instance is a fantastic defender in my eyes, who was somewhat of a shining light for a pretty poor West Brom side last season. Figures of £10m however being quoted to Pompey are nothing short of a scandal, and for me, the high profile capture of half the club by Gaydamak in January (and of couse now the full 100%) has priced pompey out of alot of potential transfer targets inadvertidly, simply due to the fact other teams see us as 'Moneybags Pompey' all of a sudden. I asked for instance a French contact of mine only today, to ask him about our latest link to Thomert of Lens and figures of £7m being quoted, only for him to laugh and confim by fears, that now, us at Pompey, are being held ransom in the transfer market. It seems like now at Pompey the only players that can be signed at a reasonable price are those who are outcasts, or good players who are overpriced (i.e Fernandes) as well as players who are simply undesirable to the wider transfer market, the classic example being Anelka.

The club now has to move onto a new era, Mandaric is gone, Sasha is now the main man, but one thing's for sure, let's not get on the back of the new man just yet like I have heard fans already do simply because of our lack of summer transfer activity. Is it better to bide our time and wait for the right player at the right price to come along? Or pay the big bucks and have Pompey's version of Veron or Mutu come about? I think we all know the right answer to that. Let's just give the club time to get it right, and get the players that will get us into the top half of the premiership, rather than the wrong players, for big bucks, that fans have pressured the club into buying.

Play up Pompey,

James Copeland.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Saturday July 22 2006
Time: 7:41PM

Comments

0
Think back 5 years & under MM we were still sh1t. You couldn't dream of winning Div1 & then 3 seasons in the prem. Dare we dream were we maybe in 5 years time. It may take a season for outsiders to take us seriously & we may have to pay over the top to get what we want now. Though the stadium will make a lot of difference. Just hope nothing daft happens in the short term, like a not so great start, pressur on HR & we have an Israeli running the show. Can't help but be cynical at times. After 30 of thin & thinner, let's hope the last 4 years are just the tip of the iceberg ...
storagematt
22/07/2006 21:31:00
0
Couldn't agree more SM, these have been glorious years and they can only keep on getting better. Looking at how we played at the end of last season coupled with (hopefully) some extra classy players being brought in to further improve us, I can't help but feel a rush of optimism....top ten is certainly a realistic target this season and beyond that, who's to say that we can't go after a UEFA spot in the coming years?
Tantona
22/07/2006 22:25:00
0
As for the way other clubs seem to be treating us when we come in for their players, all I can say is that it's going to be a real challenge for Harry/Storrie etc to get the players they want....at least they're setting their sights high, so if we have to settle for 'second choice' it will still be a strong addition to the squad.
Tantona
22/07/2006 22:28:00
0
Yep, things can only get better, we need to look forward and not back as forward is the only place we are going now. Let people laugh at us when we say this, but we'll get the last laugh, and laugh loudest!!! Why not look towards a place in Europe in the coming seasons, why should we not think it is possible. If we don't pay "silly" money for players we'll not be taken advantage of, stick to our guns, sure it may mean missing out on some players but there are hundreds, thousands, millions more out there and if anyone can unearth them 'Arry can!
pompeyrug
23/07/2006 01:04:00
0
PLAY UP, PLAY UP... *******S!! YOU'LL NEVER BE UP THERE WITH THE BIG BOYS POMPEY, SOUTHAMPTON ARE A BIGGER CLUB THAN YOU'LL EVER BE!!
ExiL
23/07/2006 03:10:00
0
Mini-me the next Air Jordan? Montie the next Tiger Woods? Put down the beer and sober up for like a month.
USA
23/07/2006 03:58:00
0
Exil says, ' You'll never be up there with the big boys'.... Do you mean like Colchester/Hull/Southend.....clown
Tantona
23/07/2006 07:23:00
0
As for mini-me being the next air jordan, why would a dwarf aspire to be a pair of trainers??
Tantona
23/07/2006 07:25:00
0
Monte was around long before Tiger, even if he's not as successful. Just because Tiger's great he'd not want to be him... From what I've seen around on Vital Football you don't have a lot constructive to say about any team really do you USA? I assume you are a Chelsea fan, and seem to have nothing but negative thougts about every other team. I'm not anti-Chelsea, or anti almost any other team, with an obvious exception, but it's obnoxious people like you that make others hate your respective teams!
pompeyrug
23/07/2006 11:45:00
0
You'll not be the next Chelsea! No-one will hate you as much as they hate us!
merlin
23/07/2006 14:20:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

The Fear faces Ben Nevis!

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

On this day in history...3rd May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 3rd May.

Who Will Portsmouth Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

April MotM Nomination - Cook (Portsmouth)

The April nominations for the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month Award are in.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Hartlepool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Murphy51%
Stevens0%
Burgess7%
Barton0%
Freeman0%
Doyle0%
Hollands3%
Naismith19%
Roberts11%
Evans0%
Smith3%
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin3%
Sub - Whatmough3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 45 28 12 5 96 35
2 Accrington 45 24 12 9 84 26
3 Oxford 45 23 14 8 83 40
4 Bristol Rovers 45 25 7 13 82 30
5 Portsmouth 45 21 15 9 78 32
6 Plymouth 45 23 9 13 78 21
7 Wimbledon 45 20 12 13 72 13
8 Cambridge 45 18 13 14 67 11
9 Leyton Orient 45 18 12 15 66 -2
10 Wycombe 45 17 13 15 64 4
11 Exeter 45 17 13 15 64 1
12 Carlisle 45 16 16 13 64 0
13 Mansfield 45 17 12 16 63 8
14 Luton 45 18 9 18 63 -1
15 Barnet 45 16 11 18 59 -4
16 Hartlepool 45 15 6 24 51 -18
17 Notts County 45 14 9 22 51 -24
18 Yeovil 45 11 15 19 48 -15
19 Stevenage 45 11 14 20 47 -15
20 Crawley 45 13 8 24 47 -30
21 Morecambe 45 12 9 24 45 -22
22 Newport 45 10 13 22 43 -20
R Dag & Red 45 8 10 27 34 -34
R York 45 7 12 26 33 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Northampton Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.storagematt5
2.Emsworthianblue3
3.Copnor433
4.mslorna482
5.FrattonBlue2
6.eastneydave2