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Man of the Month? Up to You!

It`s that time, of the next month, when we vote for the "player of the month" from the previous month (still with me?) In English, who has performed to the highest standard in the last three games?

We will do this every month for the entire season, with you, the readers, getting to vote on your player of the month. The three players up for nomination (in no particular order) are;

Kanu

Kanu signed on a free transfer after no other Premiership clubs where interested, after a poor West Brom career. Kanu has shown that he can compete in the air but with the ball at his feet is where he has proved he is a quality footballer.

Kanu started the month by scoring two goals against Blackburn with a golden opportunity to score three, but missed a penalty. Man City was difficult with Pompey not creating much but still asked questions of Man City`s back four. Middlesborough saw Kanu show the watching public that he still has amazing talent and superb execution.

Sol Campbell

Arguable Portsmouth`s biggest transfer coup of the summer. Sol Campbell came with an awesome reputation and an impressive CV. People questioned whether Sol was in the right frame of mind after a very public disappearing act last year. He joined on a free transfer and played in a friendly behind closed doors, this would be his only pre-season preparation.

Campbell started the premier league campaign with a competitive debut against Blackburn. He was exquisite, solid in the air and turned 50/50`s into 99/1`s. You could see that he combined with Linvoy well and communicated with the back four. The next match saw him face Man City, where he and the other defenders kept a clean sheet. Sol managed to keep City`s front two quiet. Middlesborough where the next to see Pompey`s sensational signing and they would have left jealous. Middlesborough have one of the top strike forces in the league and Sol prevented Yakubu from really threatening James`s goal.

Linvoy Primus

Unusually for Linvoy he has started the season in the starting line up. Linvoy has been a loyal servant to the club and has become a fans favourite. He is big and strong and showed his pace against the best of opponents. If Pompey had, had cover at left back then Linvoy would not be on this list right now.

Linvoy started the season against Blackburn where he was different class. From the start he let nothing past him, being both solid in the air and on the deck, winning the ball in most 50/50 challenges. Linvoy was not only reliable but steady. Against Man City he had another solid performance, being able to keep City`s front men at bay. Middlesborough match was clear to see that Linvoy and Sol where a unit. Linvoy was able to prevent Borough causing Pompey a threat and cleared any loose balls in and around the area.

So who will you award the man of the month award to?

By Paul Fisher




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Date:Sunday September 3 2006

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Your Comments

Goals change games, goals wins games. Got to be Kanu.
storagematt
It's got to be Kanu!
sandgroanun
I was a defender before my career was ended so gotta stick to what I know and go with Linvoy! Although Kanu has been superb and as storagematt says goals change games, goals win games...
pompeyrug
last season we scored but let in more than the oponenets, sort of lizarb, in reverse, not letting in goals wins points, and what do points make ? so its got to be either Sol man or Linvoy.
russellm
As good as the defence has been anyone who scores 4 from 2.3 games gets my nod - KANU SAILS IN.
pompeygray
Very harsh having to pick a winner after so many superb performances, but Kanu sneaks in with his below fitness goals tally.
Tantona
LoL down under glory hunters
russellm
It's Kanu for me. What a steal for Pompey.
jogabonito
So many superb performances? We have only played three games but mu vote is Kanu.
MarteenGottspennes
I think Sol has given the defence so much confidence that the whole team has grown in stature and Kanu has benefitted from that confidence and better service from the midfield and defence. So I plump for Sol. I ask you all - who would you rather lose to injury right now - Sol or Kanu ????
StuartM
Kanu! But close! Sean davis should have got a mention though!
danonash
Kanu just ahead of Sol. Close though.
The Rabbi
So many superb INDIVIDUAL performances Marteen..........christ
Tantona
Can i vote for all of them? No well I guess i'll go for Linvoy he's upped his game yet again, Everybody expected Campbell to be superb, I know Kanu has got the goals but Linvoy just continues to surprise us. To think i thought it was a mistake to sign him, guess i'll have to eat my words on that one, but i'm more than happy to. Keep up the good work Linvoy.
Steve C
yep SteveC i'm putting my gob above the parrapit and going for Linvoy too, year on year improvements and performances specifically praised in every one of our matches by Tv and press pundits alike. We are on to a loser but that doesnt mean we are wrong.
russellm
I can see why everyone is saying Kanu. He has got the goals which is the talking point for everyone. But for me the player of the month is Linvoy Primus. He has worked his socks off in defence and is easily the main reason we have 3 clean sheets. Campbell has done well but he is certainly not player of the month. My number 2 of the Month is Benjani. Although his goal tally is nothing on Kanu's he never seems to tire and gives 200% every game. He will do very well for us this year and although he is our record signing, I would say we got him for a very cheap price. He isn't a goal poacher, he fights out on the wing and plays a massive role. He has ripped every defence appart so far and his goals will certainly start pouring in soon enough.
POMPEYMEV
i couldnt agree with you more Mr Mev
russellm
Kanu simply coz his goals, although i have been impressed with Linvoy, Campbell and Benji, Kanu has looked very good on the ball and farly composed in front of goal.
Westov
If it's not Kanu its Linvoy definately!
Westov
Should be Redknapp, turning Kanu into a gooed striker again!!!
dazza71
kanu for me but as dazza71 said redknapp becasue I cant remember the last time portsmouth were so much up the prem. good uck this season pompey.
swanzboichris
Sasha, for bankrolling our dream. Thank you ! Thank you ! Thank you !
lincspfcfan
Kanu for me by a whisker, then Sol and the team as a whole third, fantastic start cant wait for the next flogging and it feels great to say that.
WheresLes?
:-) LLoL cant wait for a flogging eh? and it feels great does it eh?erm do you go those erm special parties...mmm?
russellm
 

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