Date:Friday January 12 2007
In keeping with my almost constant positive views this season, having complete faith in what we could achieve this season even if others havent I'm happy to take this road again and re-think if not retract some of my early feelings and views on Djimi Traore.
The first thoughts of Traore's signing were that of complete anger almost disgust at the thought of him being viewed as an improvement to what we already have here, I maybe even felt it an insult to Dejan Stefanovic and Matty Taylor that he could maybe be viewed as such. A good 24 hours worth of reflection and it isn't as bad as first thought, the pros far out weight the cons.
After speaking to several people, hearing lots of opinion and most importantly hearing some words of wisdom from my cousin (who I have to say has watched almost every Pompey game at Fratton Park for the best part of a decade since we were "old enough" to be able to do so on our own paying with our own money is enjoying this season as much as our Championship one - rightly so) despite Traore maybe not being the best footballer in the world and maybe not up with the names that we wanted in our fantasy football world the fact that we are sixth place in the best league in the world and Harry Redknapp has performed miracles this and in previous seasons (if he doesn't win the Manager of the Season then there is no justice in the world!) shouldn't be overshadowed.
Traore's signing totally shocked me and I'm not going to pretend that I think he's a legend now but maybe I let my initial reactions get the better of me but as I already said in my previous article I will get behind him and back him all the way as soon as he pulls in the Pompey shirt, as I do and will any other player. Also in view of what Redknapp has achieved we have to have complete faith in his judgement (again as I've previously stated here and in other articles) as I've been more than convinced by the vast majority of his previous signings and believe that if Redknapp likes Traore and thinks he'll be good for us then forget his past; keep that where it belongs and look to the future. Redknapp can buy who the hell when he wants as he rarely if ever lets us down here. Who are we to question a man; no a god that has us standing amoung giants!
Traore comes here as a Champions League winner and is still in his mid twenties so regular football under fans that don't get on his back every two minutes (despite views from some on another "fans site" wondering how long it will be before he is booed by us!) as they expect too much because they think they have a god given right to be the best (Liverpool fans), are in total decline and are struggling at the wrong end of the table (Charlton) in a decent team (Pompey) under a leader like Redknapp god only knows what he could get from him!
As regards to my feelings on the money side of things lets not kid ourselves we don't have any money, I know it, you know it and Pompey know it. With a stadium that holds less than 21,000 gate receipts will be less than £750,000 every other week add merchandise and we still fall short of £900,000. What other means of generating revenue non-football related do we have? We don`t have hotels, massive luxury corporate boxes et al like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, United and so many other Premiership clubs. So gates receipts in theory only cover our wage bill I'd think. We Have SKY and advertising money but our generated income probably only matches our outgoings so to think we could spend £5-10-20 million on a player is crazy! (I'd like to thank my cousin here as a lot of the theories are his theories but are theories that make a lot of sense and you have to agree with them don't you?)
So let's stop this nonsense and get behind the team fully no matter who they are. With Pompey playing with twelve men every week we are given an advantage before a ball is even kicked so until such a time comes (if it ever does) when we can spend £5 million, £10 million or more a player lets keep things realistic and not get as caught up in the media hype as maybe we have been, and carry on riding on the crest of the wave enjoying every minute.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday January 12 2007
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