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Paterson: A bullet dodged! PLEASE keep it that way

The pursuit of Martin Paterson this summer has reached 'stalking' proportions.

I would say that the vast majority of us Pompey fans, at least here on Vital Pompey, have been of the opinion that we need to give up on him and move on - although Steve Cotterill was not doing this, by all accounts...

Well, it seems that we have dodged a bullet with this one as the Burnley man came off at half time in their opening nopower championship game yesterday!

Vital Burnley reports the following: 'Martin Paterson will miss Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park on Wednesday.

He had been expected to make a start for Nigel Worthington's men after receiving his first international call-up in a year

Pato came off at half-time yesterday in the 2-2 draw with Watford blaming a lack of match fitness.

Speaking about the situation Burnley boss Eddie Howe said:

'Martin was just not feeling 100 per cent. I wouldn't say it was a recurrence of any injury, but he said he couldn't play to his full potential, so he had to come off.

'We need to make sure we get him 100 per cent. He has done all his pre-season and been fine, so it came as a bit of a surprise because I thought he looked quote sharp in the first half as well.

'He won't go with Northern Ireland now though. We will try and speak to them and tell them we need him here with us.'

Clarets fans tough will no doubt be worried after losing Pato to a persistent thigh strain for most of last season. Hopefully this is just a fitness problem and not a recurrence of the old injury problem.
'

It seems that a few of the members on Vital Burnley are thinking that Eddie Howe made the wrong call in rejecting our advances, with them now 'doubting' that Cotterill will make an improved offer for the striker as a result of this setback...

Read that full article, and see some Burnley fans comment, over on Vital Burnley - here.

PLEASE Cotts, heed this as a warning and drop the interest, dare I say obsession, that you have with Paterson!

We have wasted too many weeks pursuing a player that Burnley would not even sell, as a result I think we have missed out on better players - who would have scored more than him anyway.

Given our squad size, bringing in a player with his injury record was a concern anyway, if we now still bring him in, especially for 'decent money', with this latest fitness worry about him it would be almost suicidal!

Having, as I say, 'dodged' that bullet if Cotterill is crazy enough to keep courting him then I have this feeling that his 'possible signing' could end up seeing that bullet come back and costing him...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday August 7 2011

    Time: 12:21PM

    Your Comments

    Or is he saving himself because he knows he's coming to Pompey? Hopefully nit coz 2.5 mil is far to much for an injury prone striker. Let's just hope we've got someone else lined up. PUP!
    moley2
    Chopra AND Lita both went for a total of around 3m So why put in a 2.5m plus bid in for ONE unfit injury prone striker With very low appearances in the last couple of seasons!? Bizzare!!! Especially as SC said last year Rocha wasn't going to play the first half of the season due to lack of pre-season games under his belt, injury, etc
    PompNut
    It's reached the point where you have to start questioning SC's judgement.
    PFCblue
    PFC Blue, although i hear what your saying....but lets be honest, can any one a duffer SC has bought..I know a couple of his loans were avarage..but last year his moves in the transfer market considering the situation was next to brilliant..This year to get Halford LV ( Luncheon Voucher-i am old enough to remember the big round green sticker in cafe windows) and Norris are great moves for us and i suspect tha JP will aslo prove to be a good aquisition..so if he is rating Pato that high, i would'nt want to write SC off just yet, especially as Pato looked useful at BFC in their prem season. however, i will shout again and again MATTY TUBBS-BILLY SHARP-ADAM LeFONDRA.
    plymouth graham
    ps.. Newsnow have the telegraph reporting that we beat West Ham 1-0 at Upton Pk today and kenny Miller scored the winner...would'nt that be nice, makes up for losing the cup final against Cardiff to A KANU GOAL in 2008
    plymouth graham
    Billy Sharp would be an excellent buy but didn't he get injured again in the Brighton game
    pompeym@
    I agree, PG, he's not let us down so far and Pompey don't usually do the, 'upping the price on transfer targets' thing. I'm with Steven on this one. We may not have many, but I like our players these days.
    Et_tu_Pompeii
    It'll be quite worrying if he continues to pursue this one. Not what we need when our squad is so thin.
    PompeyFrippy
     

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