Date:Monday August 14 2006
In 6 days time, Pompey fans will have an idea of what sort of performances to expect from the new Russian Revolution. By working from the rear, New Portsmouth FC have a defensive coach as an Assistant Manager, an England future International in defender Glen Johnson, ex-England International defender Sol Campbell and England International goalkeeper David James. Uncapped England midfielder Thompson adds to squad depth and concludes a rather nervous transfer window (thus far!) for Portsmouth Football Club.
Attention must now be given to Portsmouth`s striking options. With Benjani Mwaruwari, Ivica Mornar and Lomana Tresor LuaLua all out with niggling injuries the only known strike force left is in Bulgarian Svetoslav Todorov. One of the major reasons Pompey were unable to compete for most of last season was a lack of striking ability and even the presence of Pompey`s record signing Benjani it seemed Pompey were looking at certain relegation.
One thing that drew me to my nickname of "pompey pessimist" was that some fans like me had a realistic attitude of accepting relegation but also accepting the bringing in of Benjani, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Paramot as squad building for the Championship in the likelihood of an instant return to the Premiership. So, naturally I am delighted that we survived to tell the tale of our wonderful club but if we do not sign a recognised prolific striker we will be in no better situation than we were in this time last season. I would love to see us in the top half of the table but I anticipate a steady first half of the season and a slightly more successful January transfer window.
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Date:Monday August 14 2006
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