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Pompey likely lad? Giampaolo Pazzini

Pompey are being 'linked' with strikers all over the shop, so we are taking a look at the ones most 'strongly linked' - or so we are being told most strongly linked - in turn. They are not in a preferential order just alphabetical.

'Reports' last weekend surfaced that Harry Redknapp could be targeting Italian U21 international Giampaolo Pazzini with Fiorentina under pressure to sell due to 'reported' financial difficulties still.

Pazzini shot to prominence in England after scoring a hat trick in the first ever match played at the newly refurbished Wembley - when this was eventually completed! His first goal - and the first at the stadium - came after only 28 seconds of the 3-3 draw with England.

I have seen him play a few times and have always been impressed with him, but a strike rate of 1 goal in every 4 games is not too impressive at all, but some of his appearance would have come as a sub during the very early stages of his career.

He is said to be a 'direct and powerful' centre forward who is a 'threat in the air' and also has a 'powerful shot'. From seeing him a handful of times I would tend to agree.

It is claimed that Pompey could move for him when the U21 Euro's finish at the weekend - but with a fee of 7.5million being quoted it would be unlikely that Redknapp would be willing to pay such an amount on someone so young and unknown to him?

My thinking is I would very much like to see him a Pompey player as he has tremendous potential and would be a valuable long term asset, but Redknapp would probably see things differently so I would say we have a 2 out of 5 rating chance of seeing him at Pompey this summer - hopefully I am wrong?

Next - and last - under the microscope will be Yakubu.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 22 2007

Time: 3:52PM

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Alternatively you could spend some money on a new roof? We may be poor but visitors to Elland Road don't get wet!
LUFC1
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22/06/2007 15:59:00

lets buy him. his name sounds very exotic.
The Rabbi
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22/06/2007 16:03:00

Always risky signing u21 strikers. The management team may feel safer in signing him on loan rather than buying him, some unexperienced unknown tbh. If we decide to sign him straight up, he may end up being too crap for English football. Even if he does well during his loan (which is always a season long tenure), he'll just go and sign for Chelsea in the ensuing contract crisis, stated reasons are for 'trophies' and of course, money. Once in London, he'll sit on the bench for the rest of his career.
Lysimachus
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22/06/2007 16:04:00

I think he would be good signing for us, i have heard him described as a continental sheare type.We spend a lot of time crying for younger playes to come in, then we find loads of reasons why it is a big risk, dont spend the money and why it shouldnt be done. There is no more risk in this guy than a few others we have signed and never heard of again. he will also be around when the ACoN kicks off.
russellm
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22/06/2007 16:50:00

Out of all the possibles, the Yak included, for me Pazzini would be the one to sign, no messing, straight in and on the line.

Great set of variables and great articles Pompeyrug.
TruePompeyBlue
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22/06/2007 16:53:00

Only problem with signing youngsters is Arry always seems reluctant to play them. Sounds like a good player but I'm not completely convinced yet.
Tantona
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22/06/2007 19:18:00

ive watched him on you tube and he fights like a poof
russellm
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22/06/2007 19:20:00

i wish to unreservedly withdraw and apologise for that offensive comment. I am happy to accpet that poofs fight better than Pazzini
russellm
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22/06/2007 19:22:00

Doh , i thought i was on the Fabiano article
russellm
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22/06/2007 19:27:00

and sorry to Mr Pazzini who im sure can fight mike tyson anyday
russellm
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22/06/2007 19:32:00

To the Leeds fan, sod off. If it rains you get wet so what. will be a few years befor e we have to play dirty Leeds thankfully. May you all rot in Div 3 for a few seasons to come. Should have had 10 pts deducted & writing of all that debt. Disgusting.
storagematt
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22/06/2007 20:11:00

If I were that Leeds fan, I'd be more upset about the way we totally ripped them to pieces when we thrashed their sorry arses off 6-1 - but then small club, lower league now. What goes around comes around they say, and let's face it Leeds were always gobbing off about something and now they have got their just reward for it all.

Leeds - isn't that a small village near Barnsley?
TruePompeyBlue
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22/06/2007 21:07:00

as soon as i started reading your comments russell i thought, hello he's put these to the wrong player - and you had :) storagematt, sorry i mean mysticmatt, i think we will not play leeds again before we are in a new stadium - other than in the cup of course - so he'll not be wet again :) altho this will not be for years and i may well be dead by the time we finally do get this new stadium as we have been hearing such talk for donkies yrs haven't we!
pompeyrug
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23/06/2007 00:12:00

and cheers TPB, kind words from you and they are appreciated mate...
pompeyrug
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23/06/2007 00:13:00

I agree with the Rabbi, someone with a gret sounding name has got to be up there on the list. An exotic Italian name just makes the team sheet look great. He can't fight worse than that Brazilian gurl.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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23/06/2007 08:27:00

yep pompeyrug, its that lunch time champers , ive got to leave it alone it does me every time. In future i shall stick to Lord Lichfields Gin dont ya know.
russellm
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23/06/2007 10:54:00

LUFC1 we are in the process of getting a roof on the Milton end, not that it will concern you for at least two more years!
paultsmouth
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25/06/2007 14:03:00

like the name, and the playor, and the fact that he is young (not to mention the fact that we are in the premiership, and Leeds are not :))
pompeycarpet
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25/06/2007 16:06:00

 

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