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Really no player should be assured of a place in any side but the simple truth is some are and that's the way it has to be. In my view David James, Sol Campbell, Pedro Mendes and to a lesser degree Kanu are the men that systems, being rested, suspended etc. permitting will almost certainly be the first names on the Pompey team sheet with several others closely following, but one man that should be worrying I think is Glen Johnson!

I've probably not seen the guy nearly as much as half of you on this site I'm sure but almost every time I've seen the guy play he's had a nightmare, and I don't just mean once or twice. Pretty much every match I've seen Pompey play this season he's been shocking, bordering on poor at times. He's looked lazy, casual on the ball and void of any real idea as to what he should do; often thinking he has more time on the ball than he does.

There is no doubting that he is a player of quality, he's played for England and has the potential to do so again but as keen as I was for him to sign permanently I'm starting to be less and less concerned with the fact that he will almost certainly go back to Chelsea. He's young, but has been around long enough to know better but to me his attitude isn't right, seems like he needs to grow up a lot off the field which could be holding him back on it?

With Dejan Stefanovic coming back, Noe Pamarot proving himself more than capable of playing on either flank, Lauren even more so yet much more at home on the right, the arrival of left back Djimi Traore and the ability of Matty Taylor to play as a left back we will soon have more than enough options to be able (should Harry so wish) to play a fully recognised left back as just that leaving several others battling it out for a place on the right hand side.

Personally I don't think it fair that Sean Davis, Pedro Mendes and Gary O'Neil have to fight it out for two places in midfield when Lauren is more than at home playing as a right back, so if Johnson doesn't improve (again I stress that I haven't seen him as much as many of you but have still seen more than enough for it not to be just the "odd" off day) then his place has to be questioned. If we would be better off with Lauren playing in midfield with one of the three mentioned missing out as a result and Johnson playing right back then I'm all for this but I'm having serious reservations about this being the case with Johnson retaining a place if it makes us weaker at the back as a result...

I'm sure this opinion won't go down well but it should start a healthy debate nevertheless?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 27 2007

Time: 9:12PM

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I've seen him nearly every match this season and I have to say that this was probably his worst. we've missed him when he's not played, none more-so than at Stamford Bridge in my opinion. But today at Old Trafford, he was really in a terrible state. It has to be realised however that neither of the goals were his fault, the first was down to Gary O'Neil giving the ball away so very cheaply in midfield, something he - and the rest of the squad - should have learnt not to do by now. The second goal was just sheer class, it cannot be taken away from Shrek - aka Wayne Rooney - that the goal just oozed pure skill, absolutely outstanding and it needed something like that to beat David James who was again in fine form. I feel that if we can continue to play like this instead of how we played last week, then Europe is not too far away. Well done Pompey, we're proud of you!!
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28/01/2007 00:42:00

I'm really glad someones decided to tackle this, aspecially after yesterday. I agree, I think yesterday was possibly Glenn's worst game this season. Before I get on his back to much, I have seen some good performances from him, but have also noticed what looks like complaicency. I cant help but get the feeling that he has an attitude & I have seen far to oftern being very casual on the ball. Yesterday was paticulaly bad for mistakes on his part. Our new boy Ralph Lauren however seemed pretty sturdy & if he brings competition to that position then that can only be a good thing. Big Sol & DJ men of the match!!
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28/01/2007 08:28:00

He'll get a rude awakening when he goes back to Jose! I do like the guy, its not a case that I don't and don't like picking on individuals. Complacency with an assured place could be the case here. Growing up off the field would probably help him on it too. With players returning they'll all want to play, you would think that Dejan will be Redknapp's first choice left back (right or wrong?) so that leaves Pamarot (another Redknapp favourite who has proved him right I must say) and Johnson fighting it out for a right back place along with Ralph, who personally I'd rather see at right back as Davis, Mendes and O'Neil should play in the midfield. If nothing else we have good competition for places by the looks of things...
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28/01/2007 09:47:00

Why should he worry? He is a cheslki player & Harry has already announced that Glen is going back to Chelski at the end of the season, he (GJ) also apparently gets on well with Grant whome may well be his next boss at the bridge. I have to say that even though he had to keep going to his right foot the quality Lauren displayed really put into perspective the difficulties that Glen was having. IAs for Dej, i dont really see any more than a bench place for him.
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28/01/2007 11:09:00

I suspect the argument here is academic as Pompey are contracted or at least oblijed to play Johnson at right back. He is a good player but is too casual at times - I would think that as the season has progressed the number of fans who would have wanted Pompey to sign him on a permanent deal are thining out, particularly with the addition of Ralph. On a positive note, I reckon his value is decreasing and may get to the point where he becomes a decent deal and still worth having. Re: Dejan, he is not a left back and whilst competant, he is aging and too slow - rather have Noe or Djimi, personally.
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28/01/2007 11:10:00

This article requires a one-line comment. Done.
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28/01/2007 13:57:00

He has good games and he has bad games. but what is missing is the determination and fight. If it is true that he must start every game if he is fit, then he has lost that desire and fight to keep his place, or even earn his place. Thats a shame, because you can see the differnece between games he plays his heart out, and those when he looks like he got turned down by the girlfriend the night before. Maybe if/when we sign him, and he isnt guarenteed a starting place, then maybe we'll see the real Glen. But at the moment, he should be dropped (which fuels the rumours he has to play if he is fit).
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29/01/2007 15:15:00

I agree with you Et_tu. I have seen GJ play some great games for us, a real class above what we had but my chelsea mate (who's ust had his third GnT) tells me that "the special one" agrees with Midge and frequently said that Glen has to "prove to his team family" he has the hunger to play in the team every week. It does seem his hunger has dissappeared.
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29/01/2007 19:28:00

Has the talent but not the attitude.
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30/01/2007 10:58:00


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