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Does Franck Songo'o have a future?

Franck Songo'o came to Pompey from Barcelona a few years back with glowing reports under former boss Alain Perrin.

He did have a few games run as a substitute under Perrin before he was sacked, but has not had a look in at all under Harry Redknapp - not even in the carling cup. We saw a little of him during pre season for the 2006/07 season but that was your lot, as he went out on loan to Bournemouth and ended it with Preston.

Until the Yeovil friendly I had not seen the fella, but to come through a Barcelona set up that included Cesc Fabregas means you cannot be that bad can you? Developing as you grow is the key but for this you also need to have a chance don't you.

He has only just turned 20, so he has plenty of time ahead of him and has already represented France at U19 level - despite being born in the Cameroon, with his father being the legendary Cameroonian keeper Jacques Songo'o.

He was said to have looked impressive during his run out in Kanu's charity match at Fratton earlier this summer, but under my watching eye I was very impressed with him against Yeovil during his 2nd half showing recently. He also played against Havant last night and scored.

Charity and friendly matches are much different to a top-flight football, but even so is he not worth more of a look at during the 2007/08 season?

My thinking - and indeed worry - has often been that Songo'o could turn out to be another that suffers from the 'you are not one of my boys' treatment from Redknapp, as has been the case for pretty much every player that Perrin bought to the club.

A lot of the signings Perrin made - ill advised or not - were not that great but people like Brian Priske and John Viafara suffered this 'Redknapp treatment' as did highly rated young striker James Keene, who Perrin rated very highly, Redknapp did not and let him go, although Perrin did the same with Rowan Vine, Redknapp rated him Perrin did not - he left and scored bucket loads of goals for Luton.

Could Songo'o be another to slip the net - and maybe for reasons other than his footballing ability as mentioned, or can we look forward to seeing him play his part in Pompey's future? Do we even think he is good enough - what is the feeling here fellas?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 18 2007

Time: 8:49AM

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Load of rubbish in my opinion. If a player is good enough he will play. I don't think Harry would be petty enough to discount a player who coud do a job for the team based solely on the fact that he did not sign him. As you say Songo'o is only 20 and was signed as one for the future, even in Perrin's eyes. Let us not forget that O'Neill is really the only young player who has managed to break into the first team in recent years. Look at Duffy who Redknapp DID sign (as far as I can remember, correct me if I'm wrong) he has yet to break into the team himself. Managers often sign young players as there is little risk and money involved, if they turn into World beaters - great. If not, there is no obligation to play them and you can move them on. Songo'o in my opinion is being given a clean slate and the chance to prove what he can do in pre-season as many players are. If he's good enough, he'll play, if he's not, he won't. Just don't think it has anything to do with which manager signed him. I haven't seen any of the other players you mentioned do a job for a top-half Premiership side since they left.
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18/07/2007 09:17:00

Balls. Crystal ones at least may unravel this one.
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18/07/2007 09:22:00

I reckon that Redknapp may be looking at him with a view to him being the cover for the right wing position (I believe that's where he plays). The problem is we haven't actually got the first choice right winger yet... The pre-season reports are good and if he's quick and good with his feet he might get the opportunity from the bench in dozen games this season.
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18/07/2007 11:23:00

I agree with Chris. Even if a player is brought in by another manager, if that player has quality the player will be kept. the reason Harry shifted on Perrins other players, is because they may be good players, but not good premiership players, hence our spiral to near relegation. Songo, was kept, and watched and farmed out, in the same fashion as people like defoe. Same with Duffy. They are now being given a decent chance of a pre-season, which they do need, and a chance to impress. Whether that means new contracts, and playing in the team, new contracts and further farming, or simpy put in the window, only the pre-season and the manager can decide. In my opinion, Songo'o actually looks a half decent player worth a gamble, but then what do i know.
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18/07/2007 11:24:00

Don't recall ever seeing the lad play, but you'd think he'd at least be given a chance to prove himself if he's good enough. I was gutted for the lad Priske when he was released though, looked a useful player and put the effort in.
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18/07/2007 11:31:00

chrisss i hope you are right mate, as from the little i have seen of songo'o he has seemed a half decent talent, one that is well worth keeping and having a look at... altho i noticed - if this is of any relevant or not - he has not been issued a squad no. this season as yet... andy o'brien may have a different no. but he still has one. so other than kanu, who is still to recommit himself to the club, andy griffin is the only other man not to be issued a number this season, which is little surprise as he is almost certain to leave - does this mean anything with Songo'o? altho young keeper nick jordan does not have a squad no. this season either... 'arry does like his team to be his team, so altho most of perrin's signings were tosh i still believe that priske and viafara suffered unfairly and did not get a fair crack of the whip as a result...
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18/07/2007 11:48:00

Agree, Songo'o does indeed look to have the talent, and should be given the chance to this season. He is now getting to the age where he should be played to give him the experience. Many other in the Prem are playing at this stage. Loaning is good for match experience but only has a certain benefit as it is generally at a lower level. Agree with Viafara and Priske. Viafara would have made a decent combative central midfielder. Priske I thought was a more than decent player, who slotted into a multitude of positions with ease. Sad to see both go, but you can't tell Harry sometimes!
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18/07/2007 12:39:00

The lad is getting his chance and he must know that there is an opportunity on the right side of midfield so what more motivation does he need ? Rowan Vine is not a premiiership striker which is why Steve Bruce is pursuing all these strikers at the moment i.e. Mido Keene was a good lad but never going to do it for us, the problem with Viafara to me was that he drifted in and out of games, and apart from Man City away i thought he was poor, Mendes, Davis, Hughsey can do that job better as could Arnold. Brian Priske was treated badly and we should have kept him,also Petri Pasenan was good and he would have been an asset if we could have kept him, but thats football boys. Frank has the pedigree and should have the talent, now he has to apply himself and show Harry he can do a job in the Premiership for us.
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18/07/2007 13:29:00

from what i've seen of Songoo he could become the answer to our width problems, whilst i know charity games and pre season games are not the same he made monkeys of some seriously good players in the Kanu charity match. He obviously has the talent and the pace so lets hope HR gives him a chance.
Steve C
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18/07/2007 13:52:00

I have seen nothing of the fella, so for all i know, he could be talentless. However, if he does the right things in training, and in pre-season matches, and early carling cup ties, then i'm sure that he can have a future. That goes for pretty much any playor really, and if all our younger, more talented playors can try to break into the squad, then things can only get better. Could we possibly try to emulate Arsnal, and only use our younger playors in FA cup and Carling cup competitions, or are they still not good enough?
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18/07/2007 14:51:00

i dont know about using all our younger players for the cups, but even if we dont put out what will be our best set of 11 players in these tournaments this season i still think we have a great shot at winning something this year... i really believed we could win a cup last season, but we were still a few players light looking back tbh, this season we have the players so if we want it enough and get a bit of luck we could win something - i would settle for the carling cup!
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18/07/2007 15:01:00

he's african, hes bound to get into the team, what a youth system, McClaren must love pompey !
taylorhill teabags
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18/07/2007 15:56:00

Is he any good? It seems obvious to me that his talent could be gauged by how he did at Preston and Bournmouth. So how did he do at Preston and Bournmouth. Was he good? Rubbish? Any answers? Any questions? This is starting to sound like the Marx Brothers. Well?
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18/07/2007 17:38:00

hes quick and skillful, the sort harry likes, maybe a subs role this year?
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18/07/2007 20:40:00

Harry has brought in good young players into the first team when he was at other clubs - e.g. Martin Crainie, Theo Walcott. So if they're good enough he'll play them.
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18/07/2007 20:58:00

rug, youve been reading to much of Richard Hughes...hes predicting a decent cup run too :) and i wouldnt be surptised if we songo'o making a couple of apearoancesn off the bench this season, adding a little pace, but probably minimal first team action...
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18/07/2007 22:31:00

so he is, but at the time of writing what i had i had not even read what hughes has said - great minds think alike... i see songo'o has his squad no.24 now...
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19/07/2007 14:57:00

He could still be loaned out, maybe to improve the mighty Fulham, thats when Kamara goes !! He is stii a youngster and Pompey must feel that he has some sort of future in the club otherwise he would have been released or allowed to return home.
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19/07/2007 17:22:00


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