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New leases of life?

Recently I wrote an article about Marko Futacs being like a new signing...

Like a new signing! - here.

You know what, to a degree, I 'think' we could add a couple more names that are already here to such a list of players being like 'new signings' to be honest?

Liam Lawrence
To say that I have been 'unimpressed' - on the whole - with Lawro for some 6-12-months would be putting it mildly really!

He has been injured a lot, which cannot be helped, but when fit he had had little influence on games offering little in a constructive light with most of his time spent whinging and moaning with his arms flailing all over the shop, acting anything like a captain really...

In the last couple of games he has seemed more of the inspirational driving force and influence he was when he arrived. He is offering everything, putting in a really good shift and playing as part of a team, leading by example.

I wonder just how much Appy deciding to MAKE SURE he was over his injury problems before putting him back in the 1st team has helped?

Previously he was brought back too soon it would seem but Appy appears to have made sure that he really was right before bringing him back and this may work in our favour now.

I was all for him leaving this month just a couple of weeks back but 'if' he can stay fit and keeps playing well he certainly would be an asset for us - the problem is his wages, circa £20,000 p/w, are still way more than we can afford...

The Herminator
A lack of pace was seriously exposed during the early weeks of the season - then again has he had much of this for a number of years now?

Also how much was his latest injury setback hampering him?

Without a doubt he is very much in the final throws of his career but his experience, determination, natural ability and infectious personality could still serve us well over the second half of the season.

He, perhaps, is the least likely to have a new lease of life though...

Ryan Williams
I have made it clear that from the limited that we have seen of the guy that I think he has talent and certainly something about him that I think we should capitalise on. He gives us natural width, pace and trickery. He is player that will run at, and beat, people and that is certainly something that we need.

Yep he is raw and lacks experience but hey even the greatest like Lionel Messi were once 'raw' and 'inexperienced' eh! Williams can make up for these shortcomings with hunger and desire I would say, and he 'should' most certainly have plenty of this is he wants to make it as a footballer?

It has been good to see him back in some squads recently - of course injuries and suspensions might have helped him - but the advantage that he 'hopefully' has is that Appy is someone that I feel, unlike others, will recognise this ability and not cast him aside because of his youthfulness.

Yep, all being well some real 1st team opportunities will be presented to the young Aussie in 2012...

Others we could look to count in as 'possibilities' to come into the 1st team picture, especially if we are unable to use the transfer market this month, are Lewis Stockford, Lewis Tallack and Sam Magri.

Magri especially must surely be close to a breakthrough into the 1st team squad in the not too distant future?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 11 2012

Time: 5:29PM

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I'd still like to see Lawrence looking up and passing as opposed to going on a charging run to nowhere but he does seem to argue less and does put some effort in. I think he's finally realised that Cott has gone.
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11/01/2012 17:39:00

the thing that really gets me, is that the wing is the only place on the pitch (apart from maybe upfront) you can afford to have inexperienced players, and like ya say that inexperience can easily be made up for with enthusiasm and pace, 2 things that Williams has in abundance! still think we should be playing him on the right with Lawrence inside as the creative force but hey ho. Same thing for Herman as well he should be moved to centre back, he's not got enough pace for a full back really but he's got plenty of experience and pace for a really good centre back still!
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11/01/2012 19:03:00

Don't want to sound like Cotterill but I think as a defender Magri needs bulking up before playing men's football in the Championship! Send him to USA to eat cheese burgers!
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11/01/2012 20:48:00

I would expect the players you mention to all feature in the 2nd half of the season due to our limited finances and I am confident they will all do well. I used to think Butters was slow, but he invariably was in the right place at the right time - so too herman? Pace is a must for an attacker though, I look forward to seeing Williams sooner rather than later.
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