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What Do We Need In January?

What Do We Need In January?

Harry Redknapp has been quoted as saying that we don`t need any players in January. That was refreshing to hear at the time as he always seems to want more players. This article however, doesn`t agree.


At first this may sound stupid butů we may have to buy a goalkeeper. Jamie Ashdown has spoke of his frustration at not having anything to do on Saturdays, which saw him loaned out to Norwich for a month. Dean Kiely isn`t getting younger and I, like many others, expect Deano to hand in a transfer request come January. That would leave Pompey with David James and Jamie Ashdown (presuming he doesn`t hand in a transfer request) another keeper would then be required.


YES!!! Portsmouth have a fantastic back four, many would disagree. We have only conceded five goals in nine games which is unheard of for Pompey. We don`t have any depth in the defence though. Is the cover we have, good enough anyway? Pamarot was given the run around by Robben. We still need a left-back in my eyes and a centre back that could cover at right-back. If the Chelsea game wasn`t enough evidence that we need strengthening at the back, then how about the fact that the reserves have lost their last two matches 5-0.


We have loads of midfielders but I think Harry messed up a bit in this department. We have so many centre midfielders; Gary O`Neil, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes and Manuel Fernandes. Out of those; only Gary O`Neil and possible Richard Hughes can play in wide positions. Down the left Kranjcar and Matt Taylor can both play and on the right Gary O`Neil and David Thompson compete. There is still Korroman and Douala who can play in wide positions. We will at some point in the future need a couple of quality wingers although not this January.


We`ll we have enough of these. Kanu and Benjani have won best partnership with 42% of the votes but that is one of eight possible partnerships that harry can choose from. Kanu has been scoring for fun so far this season but will it continue? Benjani is working as hard as ever but will he ever get 15 goals a season? Andy Cole looks like he will be used as a super sub for most of the year, can he score ten goals doing that? Lua Lua looks like his minds else where at the moment and has never been known for scoring loads. Basically at some point Pompey will need to buy a goal scorer, one that can play 90 minutes preferable. I love Kanu to bits but if he scorers twenty goals this year I will eat my hat!

January Signings

-Another Goalkeeper (if) either Jamie or Kiely leave
- A left back and a right back (one needs to be able to play centre back as well)

Long Term Signings

- Two quality wingers (one left one right)
- A proven 20 goal a season striker

Do you agree with my assessment of what Pompey need to become regular European contenders?

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

The Journalist

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Date:Monday October 23 2006

Time: 11:05AM

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aparantly wer after kevin davies
retro hat
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23/10/2006 11:23:00

and distin is still a possibility
retro hat
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23/10/2006 11:24:00

distin is a good player but would want to start and linvoy and sol have been solid together
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23/10/2006 11:27:00

i agree. Definatly need a left back
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23/10/2006 11:56:00

I know of Davies links with that lot down the road, but I think he's still a good player and the battering ram Pompey have needed for some time. Woefully short at Right Back with Pamarot showing his abilities on Saturday, and yes a left back would be welcome. I think Lua Lua will move on in January
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23/10/2006 13:15:00

AT LAST people recognise we need defensive cover, i also agree we have screwed up a bit on the mid field side, I dont think Thompson is up to it becuase of his injuries, and i am not convinced about Krunchie yet. Following his performance for Fenerbache against the Newcastle I would still love to see Steven Appiah here, they lost but he was a class above anybody else. But there is definetly scope for some exits. Goalkeeping is an odd one, apparently Harry doesnt rate Jamie so much given his reserve team performances, but given the dire state open door policy of our reserve defense its not surprising. Keep Jamie he's one for the future, im afraid Deano will agitate for a move anyway and we should let him go, then use the wage saving for another young keeper..... As for a striker, we still havent replaced the Yak, it needs doing. there now that's the world put to right in one lunch break.
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23/10/2006 13:49:00

oh and if 5 live are to be believed, Davis may be off to boro in january anyway.
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23/10/2006 17:27:00

just because he hasn't started the last two matches he is linked with a move, makes me sick
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23/10/2006 17:42:00

wouldn't mind the return of routledge, he always looked likey to make a goal
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23/10/2006 20:44:00

distin would be great too. can't see linvoy going all season without an injury
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23/10/2006 20:51:00

so by your rekoning we have a weak team with stikers who can't score goals and full of central midfielders, also only 1 keeper who can't last forever. I think we are doomed. According to you Harry has messed up with every department. Maybe you should go and support Chelsea where you will see a reserve team full of qulity Internationals.
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24/10/2006 08:37:00

I personally don't care about the January window.
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24/10/2006 10:03:00

The four strikers we have at present will not last the season. I can't see Cole or Lua Lus scoring 10 goals this season. Benji just doesn't know when to stop running and Kanu is not a prolific goal scorer. All have done well so far but will it last. We certainly lack depth in our defence and if Linvoy or Campbell have a spell in the treatment room we are knacked and will drop down the league. January is the time to bring in left & right backs and a striker. I have said many times before we have never replaced Yakubu. Harry likes Distin and tried for him earlier in the year.
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24/10/2006 12:58:00

I've got a great idea! Let's ditch the aim of 'getting a striker who can equal Yakubu' because we're lowering ourselves down to a level demanding a forward equal to that of a striker playing for Middlesbrough! Instead, let's all clam up and watch Kanu, Benjani, Lua Lua and Cole split the two places between them and let the goals do the talking.
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24/10/2006 17:37:00

2 defenders needed minimum.
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24/10/2006 20:31:00

Harry Redknapp not buying a player in the transfer window ? Ha, ha, ha - that's what he loves doin' - I expect to see three or four - including some big money signings - maybe though not in the positions you'd expect !
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24/10/2006 20:48:00

What we need in January is 10 points.
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25/10/2006 08:26:00

Aye, he could have a POINT to prove at his current club won't he?
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25/10/2006 15:33:00

Despite our impressive start to the season we should improve the squad, which will in turn improve the first team. Lets not rest on our laurels?
The Rabbi
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26/10/2006 10:12:00


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