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Traore - A Step Forward!!!

Redknapp is renowned for bringing the very best out of players no longer wanted or deemed has-beens but surely even he is going to have to surpass himself to convert a player who has been the butt of many a joke over the last few years. As always I put complete trust in Redknapp but how can the signing of Traore be a step forward? If Svetoslav Todorov, Richard Duffy and James Keene are deemed not good enough for us as we look to move forward how can Traore be viewed otherwise?

Many of us had concerns over David James and Kanu (I hold my hands up and admit myself included) when they were first linked with moves to Fratton Park and they have more than proved these doubts wrong. They are still being viewed as has-beens by many outsiders but Traore can not even be called that as he has never done anything in the past to convince many including the vast majority of Liverpool and Charlton fans, not to mention the millions of fans at all the other clubs around the globe that he is anything more than an average player.

The signing of the Mali international is in no way a step forward for Pompey, the fact that he has been the butt of many a joke from myself and others isn't my concern for this my concern is that he has rarely, if ever done anything to convince me that he is any good. His signing to me isn't one of a team looking to consolidate and build on our current sixth place in the Premiership it seems more of a signing for a team who believe that maybe we are over achieving and would be happy to maintain a mid table finish, which we would have but after going so far we have to be looking to Europe now.

I'm far from happy with the signing of Traore and despite the fact I find it highly unlikely he'll prove the doubters wrong I hope he will and will of course get behind him as I do any other player that does, or could pull on the blue shirt of the mighty Pompey.

When the ball hits his thigh we give out a big sigh its Traore…

PLAY UP POMPEY!




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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 11 2007

Time: 2:19PM

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Feel sorry for you there. But don't forget Traore has won the champions league! lol.
AndyDaKing
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11/01/2007 15:58:00

Surely Traore is signed to cover the Left Back position in the short term only. With the quality of the current back four we need a better prospect. I gather the talk is now of swapping AOB for long time target Diawara also at The Valley.
eastneydave
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11/01/2007 16:20:00

well i don't think we will sign another left back
lmatthews
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11/01/2007 16:51:00

When we only need cover for the LB position, Traore isn't too much of a bad idea but definately not worth signing him for 2 and half years. No, no, more like to the end of the season.
Lysimachus
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11/01/2007 17:03:00

yer that would have been better but he's here now lets get behind him. I thought Kanu would be bad
lmatthews
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11/01/2007 17:05:00

its a terrible purchase. I've been reliably informed by Liverpool fans that he is one of the worst players ever to win the Champions league. Why was my previous entry deleted?
The Rabbi
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11/01/2007 17:06:00

it wasn't to my knowledge mate but if two people post at the same time sometimes it doesn't work
VitalPompeyAdmin
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11/01/2007 17:10:00

Give him a break! He's never had a decent run in any side properly, and under the right manager he can be a class act. It's funny how people only remember blunders. Yet it seems everyone has forgotten James' flapping hands and Kanu's miss from half a yard last season. Give Traore a chance. Are any of us suggesting we know the Premiership better than Harry?
pedalo
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11/01/2007 17:34:00

Nail on the head Pedalo. I will give any player a chance! & I think it sucks when people write off players before they have even played a game for the club! We all know what Harry can do with a player who is underachieving so for god sake, lets give this kid a chance!!! you dont become a Liverpool player if you cant play football!
CharlieChimes
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11/01/2007 18:44:00

Let's face it most players who joined Cahrlton this season have looked stupid bar the keeper, Carson. Give him abit of time & support before we shoot him down. However heaven help him if he is crap. We want to push on & bring in quality not quantity.
storagematt
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11/01/2007 21:13:00

Traore is 26, Kanu, Cole, James are over 30. This'll be quite challenge for Harry.
Lysimachus
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11/01/2007 22:03:00

Lets just get behind him, he hasn't kicked a ball yet and already everyone's on his back. Some players respond to that others don't. I suspect Traore doesn't respond to that having had fans on his back for the whole time he's been over here. Perhaps if fans back him we'll see a side that nobody else as seen.
Steve C
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12/01/2007 11:24:00

LoL dont believe him Rabbi, its a conspiracy
russellm
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12/01/2007 14:25:00

Cant believe pompey fans talking like this about a player who hasnt even kicked a ball for us yet. Let him play a few games then pass judgement. If he's good enough for Harry he's good enough for me, and, maybe, he will thrive under the direction from a certain Tony Adams!!
pompey4me
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12/01/2007 18:42:00

have faith
Et_tu_Pompeii
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12/01/2007 19:08:00

 

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