Vital Football

Surplus to requirements

Surplus to requirements

I think that it is safe to say that pretty much all of us are expecting 'January departures' right?

Well, if this is able to happen on 'our terms' perhaps we would be a little more surprised, but according to The Mail today not only will it be on our terms it will be on the terms of Appy...

In order to 'generate the funds needed for a major rebuilding programme' - as well as generate funds to keep us going for a little longer if a new owner cannot be found pretty quickly I guess! - a quartet of players have 'apparently' been told that they 'will be made available in January.'

One of those, pretty unsurprisingly, is Tal Ben-Haim.

Others that will be allowed to move on are Kanu, The Herminator and Benjani.

As well as TBH has played, overall, this season his departure - as it has for years now really! - is a must so if we finally can ship him out in January then lets hope we can.

King Kanu, despite still having glimpses of magic, is becoming less and less of an influence for us and is not even making the bench anymore - perhaps he is a 'lowish' earner, on some £10,000 p/w but this is £40,000 p/m that could be put to better use to be honest.

What can you say about The Herminator! We all love him, he has an infectious personality but he has barely featured this season due to injury and when he has he looks well off the pace and this is causing him to have disciplinary problems with it pretty much always a worry that he would be sent for an early bath. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but maybe, just maybe - as heartless as it might sound - the contract that ended last summer should have been his last?

Benji is another that I have always loved, his return - that most have wanted since he left for Citeh - finally came this season but he looks a shadow of the player he once was and the more we see this the more his previous is tarnished in many ways. People may argue otherwise but I would imagine that he is on 'pretty good' money too...

Should we be able to offload these players I would 'think' that we could save somewhere in the region of £250,000 p/m on wages, that is £3m per year on these players alone!

The problem is 'wanting' players to leave and actually 'getting' them to go is another matter...

I am not convinced that clubs will be queuing up for these players. Even if they are offered on free transfers clubs will still have to come somewhere near to what they currently earn in wages and can you see many others paying even half of what we are for aging players, mostly on the decline?

Nope, nor can I, but lets see what the New Year can bring eh...


Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Scum.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey on: facebook Vital Pompey on: twitter

Join the Vital Pompey Forum Debate

Frippy's Virtual Bookies - here.

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

Date:Wednesday December 14 2011
Time: 9:41AM


Kanu could go abroad because of his high profile . Ben haim is a good player and could play in prem. But on 36k a week is he prepared to drop down to around 15-20k a week for a longer 2-3 year deal. I would think a footballer want to play football but they have proved before that they are in it for the money. Benjani may yet come good we have a fair few games over xmass and may need him. I stiff have faith he just needs games .
14/12/2011 10:34:00
I would however try and find a taker for Lawrence he is injury prone and if we can get old cotterill to take him at 500k and get his big 20k a week wages off our bill then that would be great .
14/12/2011 10:36:00
Getting these players off our wage bill is all well and good, but let's not forget that we have 2 loan players in the team that are only (currently) with us until Jan 2nd, so if we don't get them signed up until at least the end of the season we could find ourselves short on players again. Catch 22 again!!!
14/12/2011 11:02:00
yes and no is what i would say to that frattonbex tbh...
what i mean is i would agree in a way but the pros would outweigh the cons - all depends on us finding a new owner but assuming we do this offloading these four players could allow us to sensible and realistically bring easily the same again with MUCH less money going out... that aside even i genuinely think - even tho they lack experience - we have enough decent young talent to come in and do a job aswell.
of course it always sounds easy if theory but needs must when the devil drives and ridding ourselves, once and for all, of ridiculous wages is what we must start to do...
14/12/2011 11:09:00
Agree with Hussler, Benjani could still come good.
14/12/2011 11:28:00
Also mokoena could be another one to go !
14/12/2011 12:01:00
No doubt there will a lot of cloth altering as the mad merry go round of the January window opens.
14/12/2011 12:37:00
I agree with players going but with no owner no player in his right mind would sign for a club that cant guarantee to pay wages to the end of the season. We will have to pay money up front for any new purchases as well. We need an owner desperately.
14/12/2011 13:02:00
I agree that these guys are ready to go now..I would have signed Lua Lua before benji to be honest, we could nearly pay the CVA with what we would save,.. Shame that all these signings were made in the first place, all have signed newish contracts recently. SC was under pressure to build a squad i suppoe. More worries, and I am not confident for Sunday,,
plymouth graham
14/12/2011 18:19:00
I believe that Kanu still has value as a super-sub, he's naturally a great finisher - its just when managers try to get him to play 90 minutes he can't do it. I had figured though that Appy doesn't see his value. As for Benji, he's only just come back to the club. Last time he needed time to come good, and he just needs games now. He has a great work rate and we need players like him who will give 100%. Would love to see Lua Lua back, especially given his recent comments about the scum game, but I don't think its likely at the moment. I suppose when SC was signing a few players it was before the brown stuff hit the fan for Antonov and the current crisis started.
14/12/2011 19:12:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Stats: Portsmouth v Notts County

All the stats from Portsmouth (1) vs (2) Notts County, Fratton Park, 22/10/16 Att: 17,269

Follow Pompey Live On Twitter

Portsmouth are at Fratton Park with Notts County the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

On this day in history...22nd October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 22nd October.

Another loan for Oxlade-Chamberlain

As I think we all know by now Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former Pompey winger Mark Chamberlain and the brother of Arsenal's & England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
19 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
20 Barnet 13 3 6 4 15 -4
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 12 1 4 7 7 -8
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League