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Pompey's Midfield

Vital Pompey will be reviewing Pompey`s options in different positions. I will sum up where I think we need to improve and where we are strong.


Midfielders

Right Midfield

David Thompson
Gary O`Neil
Lua Lua

With David Thompson being the latest arrival many thought he would become a squad player but unless we sign someone he could well find himself playing right midfield. David is a passionate player and will be able to create opportunities for the strikers. Gary O`Neil had to play right midfield for most of last year although it is clear his best position is in the middle, Gary does a good role down the right and has as good a cross, as anyone at the club. Lua Lua`s pace makes him useful in this role but not being the hardest worker leaves us exposed when defending down the right.

Healthy? Ok I guess. We don`t have a natural right midfielder, apart from maybe Thompson, at the club. I think Thompson was bought to provide cover which is fine but that means Gary at right midfield all year. Harry will either bring a right midfielder in or stick with Gary. I don`t expect us to sign a right midfielder, if Harry wants Garry to move to the middle then Thompson will play on the right! I would however recommend a loan signing on the right of midfield.

Left Midfield

Matt Taylor
John Viafara

Matt Taylor at left midfield has worked on a regular basis but the player has lost all confidence in taking defenders on. This results in many deep crosses when Matt plays in the midfield. I think Taylor playing left midfield, is a possible role when Pompey are away from home. John Viafara`s inability to cross means that he struggles to have an impact on the left.

Healthy? Far from it! I expect Viafara to leave (as Peter confirmed to Vital Pompey) and I expect Taylor to play left back (presuming another left back isn`t signed.) This leaves Portsmouth with no left midfielders. Harry will need to sign at least one left midfielder, with two probably needed. We have lots of players in the centre of midfield but are having to play them out of position.

Centre Midfield

Sean Davis
Pedro Mendes
Gary O`Neil
Richard Hughes
Aliou Cisse
John Viafara

Sean Davis played an attacking role for Pompey last year and with him getting fitter he is improving fast. Davis is a great tackler and his distribution complements our attack. Pedro Mendes, played in the holding role last year breaking up play and also contributing some rocket strikes. Gary O`Neil`s passing and battling spirit makes him one of the best centre midfielders in the league. Richard Hughes will always give 100% to the cause and a great player to be able to rely on. Aliou Cisse, although not playing that much last year, loves his football and the fans love him (released?). John Viafara is unlikely to feature next year as Pompey are trying to offload him.

Healthy? Yes. No more centre midfielders Harry, we will turn into Tottenham. I didn`t even include Thompson in that list. We have a strong starting centre midfield but also have fantastic depth. We have midfielders who can attack in games, such as Davis and Gary, along with players that can defend games, such as Mendes and Hughes. Pompey are sorted in the centre of the park.


Midfield Line Up Come August 19th, I recon;

RM: Gary O`Neil
LM: Signing
CM: Mendes
CM: Davis




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Date:Sunday July 30 2006

Time: 4:40PM

Your Comments

Sounds like you've got it spot on, though do you think he might try the option of pushing O'Neil into centre mid (his favourite position), and putting Thompson on the right? I think that would work, but he's not gonna do it as Gary was so efficient out there last season.
Tantona
New member, first posting - GREAT SITE!! In relation to the midfield, I have just seen this on the Sky Sports Website. "Chilean international Luis Jimenez claims Portsmouth are chasing his signature - Jimenez is looking for a new club after deciding to quit Italian outfit Ternana. Ternana suffered relegation to Serie C last season and Jimenez is keen to move on to play at a higher level. Jimenez spent the last six months of last season on loan at Fiorentina and he impressed during his time at the Viola. Arsenal had been linked with the midfielder in the past and Portsmouth face competition from several sides for Jimenez. "Internazionale, Lazio, Atletico Madrid, Osasuna, Monaco & Portsmouth are all interested in me", claimed Jimenez. What do you think?
dkm316_247
We really need left sided players but who shall it be???? have your say? i think we should go for Downing or Barry now its unlikey were going to get Petrov. who do u think should play there??????
playuppompey14
Aliou Cisse hasn't been at the club since May. He was given a free transfer - released...
scott_mc
i think petrov, distin and anelka will all join pompey next week! dkm316_247 i saw that article but didn't post it myself because don't you think the player is trying to make out he is wanted
lmatthews
Thompson right and garyo middle is an option but who you going to drop Mendes or Davis???
lmatthews
Trust me, u guys dnt want Gareth Barry, hes rubbish. U can do a lot beta.
Villa1982
Desperately short of left sides players throughout the team aren't we, although I knew until I actually saw it this clearly if front of me I didn't realise just how limited! Taylor's versitility makes him an awesome left sided player, but with no one to back up his versitility in either position we're screwed. Gareth Barry would be the ideal man for me, so I'd love him to come in. Seeing Taylor and Barry link up would be fantasitc, they could and would switch around and cover each other, IDEAL!
pompeyrug
yer but DA would have been ideal lol
lmatthews
Hopefully we'll get Barry, however I have an inkling that he will be going elsewhere (Spuds)
arthurp8
haha yer maybe but we should try and get him!
lmatthews
You can have Barry he wont be going to WHL COYS
North Devon Spurs
Letting us have him, very noble of you ;) Bring him in, where will he more likely be a regular starter, White Hart Lane or Fratton Park...
pompeyrug
I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised this week by whom actually comes in. With all the rumours my crystal ball sees Wednesday as the day of the new order.....
pompeygray
Watch out for Manuel Fernandes down the left hand side !
StuartM
personally i'd rather see Mendes and O'neil in the middle. Davis hasn't totally convinced me yet but with a full pre season maybe he'll do it this season. Richard Hughes has plenty of commitment but gives too many freekicks away around our own box. We seem to have a pretty strong centre but we are lacking on both flanks.
Steve C
 

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