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Super Linvoy Primus!!!

It is getting to the point again where we start thinking, if we haven't already, about who will be getting our vote for player of the season. We've had players that have played well at various points throughout the season but not too many can honestly say they have performed for the majority, or vast majority of it.

Gary O'Neil, Matty Taylor, Pedro Mendes and maybe even Benjani for his work rate, obviously not the goals will feel they have a claim but David James and Sol Campbell are among the obvious names as they have performed virtually week in week out. But the man who will get my vote, not for the first time in his Pompey career it must be noted, will be Linvoy Primus, who I nickname 'Optimus Primus', because his name, with a minor play on it resembles nicely the main character in a childhood favourite cartoon of mine, Transformers (Optimus Prime for those of you that don't know) which is fitting also after such a transformation in his career.

Linvoy had been kicking around in the lower leagues when he was snapped up on a free back in the summer of 2000. When I first saw Primus he was like a 'mini me' clone of Darren Moore, but when I got close enough after one day walking by Linvoy - little did I know how much of a favourite of mine he would later become he isn't so small, but then again Darren Moore, again a man I had the pleasure of passing one day down by the ticket office, was a colossus of a man.

So Primus a steady second or third tier footballer who quietly got on with his business got a move to Pompey and despite more than a few times when I feared we might lose him he is still here and like a fine wine or vintage cheese is getting better with age. He has now played almost half his career with us and although not always a regular in his earlier, certainly pre Premiership days he has still played getting on for half of his career games with us, not bad for a player considered not good enough for Charlton, not even then a top flight side at the time.

A few times over the years I've been worried we might lose him, especially when Norwich showed serious interest in him several times but he stuck it out when many others wouldn't have.

Linvoy isn't the most technically gifted of footballers, he knows he will not often bring the ball out of difference so doesn't try it, he knows his limitations, much like Richard Hughes - who has I must add been tremendous since he came back in, and sticks to them and this more than works.

Playing alongside Campbell and having the commanding James behind the pair has helped but anyone with eyes knows just how good Linvoy was before these two arrived, they've just helped him even more. It takes something to get the match of the day crew on our side but they love Linvoy, I even noticed on the Arsenal vital football pages a few weeks back when they had a team of the season that Primus was not only in the squad but a starting defender! It's little wonder as if there has been a more consistent English central defender this season I would be surprised. If selection worked in terms of form, forget the club you are with or past international history or not, if picked on the here and now he would have played every minute of England's international's this season.

The draw back, Linvoy is now unfortunately 33. He still has time on his side and if he keeps going like he is he will continue to excel but my one worry, although it is something we need to be doing to continue our progression, is that if Harry Redknapp brings in a defender in the summer it will be Linvoy's and not Sol's place, providing he stays of course, that will automatically come under threat. The one plus of signing Titus Bramble will mean Linvoy won't come under two much pressure but we will have some cover that when playing alongside either could do a job, despite a less than impressive consistently poor track record over the years.

There is only one player of the season for me and this is super Linvoy Primus.

Maybe more of the players should turn to the good lords book and take comfort in his words, it certainly works for Linvoy, maybe this is where I'm going wrong in my life?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 12 2007

Time: 11:42AM

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I agree, Linvoy has got to get this, he stands way above everyone else and to think he only actually got his break under Harry purely by accident due to injury cover at the start of the 2002/03 season. Top player, top pro, top man, very deserving in my opinion.
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12/04/2007 11:55:00

'arry never rated him did he... I love 'arry to bits but if he doesn't like the look of a player - more often than not if he didn't sign him - then he'll often decide without given them a fair crack of the whip, he likes it to be 'his team' doesn't him... Thanks to god, Linvoy would approve of this, he stayed and got his chance and took it. Would we still be in this league without him??? Primus for England...
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12/04/2007 12:14:00

Agreed pompeyrug, this is about the only thing that really bugs me with Harry is his stubborness - but he's done wonders for us and I really don't think anyone could have achieved for us what he has over the last five years.
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12/04/2007 12:36:00

Optimus Primus!! Nice
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12/04/2007 12:54:00

It does anger us doesn't it at times TruePompeyBlue... Agree a million percent on your thoughts on what he's done so as I've said before this is why I fear if 'arry goes in the summer - as some have amazingly suggested, some even said they would want, I worry about the backward steps we would take, we did it when he had his mental health issues and was sectioned for a year didn't we, so fear we could do it again, but worse! Granted we have a bit of cash now but not a massive war chest that some managers would be looking for when taking over Pompey...
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12/04/2007 13:24:00

Optimus Primus has got to catch on surely Pompeyscum eh? If it hasn't already...
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12/04/2007 13:25:00

What gets me pompeyrug is these supposed "supporters" who want HR out because of that time when he suffered a mental blip. He got them sent down, he then came here and kept us up with a game to spare, I doubt anybody else could ever have done that. But still they go on about him going, when personally I wish they'd go instead!
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12/04/2007 13:34:00

Lets get a campaign for Linvoy going on Vital Pompey
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12/04/2007 13:43:00

There are a few irons in the fire bluedr which VPA and the rest of us will be sorting soon, so watch this space ;o) [Edited by TruePompeyBlue]
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12/04/2007 13:45:00

Good player a bit old though!
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12/04/2007 15:59:00

calum72, if you are good enough you are young enough!! Linvoy is a fantastic, wholehearted player, a model pro, and a lovely man to speak to.
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12/04/2007 16:57:00

I'd give it to David James but I think a blind man can see what Linvoy has brought to the club this season. I wonder if he could TRANSFORM into a manger! Ohh, painful.... He's the PRIME SUSPECT for player of the year! Jeeeze.... He's a natural - Linvoy Primal. Okaaaayy then
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12/04/2007 19:19:00

you and octopus prime eh ruggers
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12/04/2007 23:21:00

He is a fantastic person too. I have met him personally twice now - even though I reside in Sydney. I think it should be a dead heat because how can you not vote for David James as the most outstanding keeper in the Premiership. As for the field player Primus just ahead of Campbell.
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13/04/2007 01:21:00

Actually, I'm surprised Vital Football don't have an award for each club. With all the revenue they bring in from advertising I cannot see how they could say no, they make plenty of money - and if they say it is all used to pay for the hosting then they are telling the wrong person as that is my area of expertise!
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13/04/2007 09:19:00

He may be a bit old but he's getting better all the time... Some players, who are apparaently better than him play for far bigger club and pick up a far higher wage but they aren't a patch on him...
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13/04/2007 09:34:00

You are right TruePompeyBlue that no one else would have kept us up let's not even try pretending that anyone could have as we know otherwise don't we... What 'arry did when he had his 'problems' was unbelievable and almost unforgivable, but as much as we don't like it he wanted a job and that one happened to come up. He promised he wouldn't take it but we all know 'arry and his promises don't always hold true do they... It took took some balls to take that job, the fact he sent them down was a bonus - personally I don't give scum too much thought - it took balls of steel to come back again... I really feel that not a day went by that he wished he had never left. He acted rashly when he left and maybe acted rashly when he took over down the road. A sin of almost unforgivable proportions but the balls it took him to come back made me forgive, the fact he kept us up more so and almost made me forget... I've more than forgiven now, we can never forget but nor can we forget what this great man has done for our club. 'arry out? Get real, like you say TruePompeyBlue these people should go instead...
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13/04/2007 09:38:00

erm boys havent we gone a bit tangent to topic,...mmmm.. However since you have so will i. Agreed probably only HR could keep us up. He is stubborn & like other managers he does make the odd Boogers up, for me signing Andy Cole was one. I dont agree with the ARRY OUT boys because he went to scum, Arry is a liar, always has been, always will be, we all know it so live with it or dont go. The subject that should not be Taboo is his problem to win away games and if like me you go to most of them it's bloody annoying. i ask the question for those of you exhaulted editor types to ponder. If this really is a stepping stone year and we want UEFA etc can we live with our reputation for being relatively easy home points.? and what are the options? and as for steps i bear in mind that well known phrase "please remember your investment may go down as well as up"
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13/04/2007 11:37:00

Good questions russellm, though I am not quite sure if I fit into the category of being exhaulted - exhausted yes, without doubt!

I honestly thought we had broken the away jinx at West Ham on Boxing Day this season, but it didn't take long for things to slip slowly back. I am like many others quite frustrated at how we seem to do so badly away from home and this does need to be addressed - we simply cannot keep relying on home performances alone to keep us up or to make any headway in the league.

We need to look deeply into why we falter away from home so much; Ok, Fulham it could be argued was unfortunate as it was virtually the last kick of the match. But was it really unfortunate or just what we have come to face with Pompey now and that is our dire strike force who could not score if their lives depended on it. That match was a catalogue of missed chances and our failure to convert any of them certainly cost us two points.

I firmly believe that Harry is certainly to blame most directly for a lot of this; he has players of good ability sitting on the bench for far too long, bringing them on for the last couple of minutes. The whole point of a substitute is not to provide adequate cover in case of injuries but in fact to change the pattern or course of the game. This is where Harry lets himself down as he seems not to be able to recgonise that a change is needed - hence his stubbornness.

I personally feel we cannot even think about competing in Europe until we can really say we can compete in the Premiership - finishing in the top ten does not mean we can do that, if we are to compete then we need to be able to survive away from home too.

As for options - all that we have really is a change of team personnel, until we can sign a player who actually knows that round, spherical object otherwise known as the ball has to be propelled over the white line that is between the two white posts and crossbar of what is known as the goal, then we have to put up with the likes of Kanu Cantdo and Lua-whereamIgoing-lua and hope by some sheer fluke they miskick the damned thing so we actually register a goal! Sorry, flippant moment there aimed at our questionable strikers.

This season has shown some progression in many ways but something that a great deal of people are also overlooking is this - has anyone actually stopped to think and really look at the rest below us? If so, you may not help noticing that whilst we have improved somewhat, they have actually worsened.

Now, after writing all that, I'm even more exhausted!
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13/04/2007 11:58:00

lets keep this short and sweet! I'd vote for the following three in this order. 1. david james 2. Sol Campbell 3. Linvoy Primus.
The Rabbi
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13/04/2007 12:18:00

I'd vote for The Rabbi!!! Still think I'd vote for Linvoy, but it is very difficult this season.
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13/04/2007 12:33:00

I tend to agree with your response TPB and sometimes we have been tactically stupid. You are ruight we cannot hope for Europe unless we are genuinly feared when we vist other premiership grounds and currently we are not, as a watford fan advised me "if we had equalised we would have let in another goal in extra time" then i somewhat churlishly pointed out the roads to brum, Hull, sheffield, barnesly etc. then told him not to bother to worry about the road works in derby or sunderland as they wont be an issue.
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13/04/2007 13:24:00

But at least he'll be making that trip down south again next season Russell, albeit 17 miles west of us!
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13/04/2007 13:33:00

The time when we were at our worst tactically was Newcastle away in the Carling Cup this season. It doesn't take a master tactician to work out which side of the pitch to avoid playing a passing game on, if one half is dry, and the other is waterlogged. It was like watching your kids play with one of those light football's down the beach in a strong wind!
The Rabbi
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13/04/2007 15:16:00

primus is good but talyor is much much better
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14/04/2007 18:48:00

MOYES IS GOD, shame our own cannot recognise how good Taylor is. Though you can't really compare Taylor and Primus, two very different players playing in two very different positions.
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14/04/2007 22:12:00

You can't compare the two can you. If you were as defenders Optimus Primus wins hands down, if midfielders Taylor leaves Optimus trailing by a country mile... If you are honest Moyes are you basing your views on the goals you have seen Matty score or games you've seen him play...
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15/04/2007 11:32:00


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