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Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Sylvain Distin became the first signing of the summer when on 22nd May he signed a 3-year contract, arriving as a free agent from City.

The Frenchman progressed through the stages in French football; starting at non-league level before giants PSG eventually signed him. A year with PSG came to an end with a loan move to Newcastle - this was successful enough for them to want to sign him but City got him for £4m in 2002.

Successful form on the pitch - despite the odd ricket, some very bad ones early on - saw him 'reportedly' interesting Liverpool, Newcastle and others time and again, but he stayed.

Last summer it was looking like he would move away from City as his contract moved into the final year. He would not sign a contract so he was stripped of the captaincy, but stayed despite a £3m move to Pompey or Boro expected.

Still no contract was signed when the season ended and he confirmed early this summer that he was leaving City 'for a new challenge', this new challenge came a day later when he signed for Pompey. Liverpool reportedly made a late bid to sign him but we saw them off.

Distin has had his moments during his time in England - to sometimes question his ability as a top class central defender, but these moments are far outweighed by the good ones.

Titus Bramble or Sylvain Distin? Although my thinking is still that in the right team, with the right level of quality and experience around him Bramble might still be a fine defender, Distin's experience and quality makes him the better option.

He will add further strength to the defensive ranks, leaving us with three genuine class central defenders that could get into most other sides in this league.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Saturday July 14 2007
Time: 8:00AM

Comments

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a great free transfer to kick start the pompey era! i think our push to get him last season and probable consistent interest throughout the season would make Distin's choice easy to come to the South coast. Not sure I understand why he chose to reject a contract and then continue for the final year, but hes here now and he will definitely be putting a lot of pressure on Linvoy for that 1st team place and this can only be a good thing! Distin v Bramble ..... Distin! good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!
spoiler
14/07/2007 08:18:00
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off subject, kanu will sign for us [taken from tribul football site] Kanu revealed: "I love the club and I've said that many times. We have to settle this now because the new season is almost here." It was Kanu who recommended £8million new-boy and compatriot John Utaka to Portsmouth. Kanu added: "John is a special player and I can't wait for him to start playing with us." .......... £8 million?!
spoiler
14/07/2007 08:21:00
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Distin, is a great signing! I cant see many people arguing with me on that one! I cant even begin to describe how happy I am with the squad right now. Some of the names I see still blow me away today! I mean...Sol Campbell! Sol Campbell??..Pompey?? Disitn?? Pompey??..I keep pinching myself!! all in all its just fantastic news to see our club really hitting the big time...im off now t get a tissue, all emotinal...sob..sob....
CharlieChimes
14/07/2007 08:56:00
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Well we could have paid £3m for him last year, it didn't happen. We still had a great season. We have him for free & we should have another great season. With Sol & others, yes we have come a long way since the days of Carl Tiler & Ade Whitbread. Thankfully.
storagematt
14/07/2007 09:26:00
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Its like having Gilbert and Blake again
paultsmouth
14/07/2007 09:44:00
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has anyone ever said distin was a bad signing???? -he was the only reason man city stayed up, and it will really improe the squad to have 3 very good central defenders fighting for places.
pompeycarpet
14/07/2007 09:44:00
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Your best signing of the season !!!
alphieblues
14/07/2007 09:54:00
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Good player you lot have got there
worbo
14/07/2007 11:17:00
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I think i'm in dream land in all honesty, I can't quite believe the quality of player we have at the back at the moment. I mean, Lauren, Campbell, Primus, Distin, Hreidarsson, Taylor. Any of those could get into virtually any of the Prem sides, no question. Can any of us remember when we were embarrassed by such riches? PUP
pentonpompey
14/07/2007 11:50:00
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I'm definitely in agreement with you there penton !!
lincspfcfan
14/07/2007 12:52:00
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