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Pompey boys - Sulley Muntari

Pompey boys - Sulley Muntari

The third signing in five days came as Sulley Muntari became our club record signing for a fee of £7m on 30th May.

As a 17-year old he had a trial with United, but even though he impressed he signed for Udinese in 2002. A high transfer fee was said to have put off United.

Muntari had been showing excellent form for Udinese, but the world cup in 2006 saw his talents witnessed by the world audience as he starred for Ghana as they made the 2nd round.

His performances at the world cup alerted several Premiership, as well as top Italian sides, to his true talent. It is 'reported' that Pompey had a bid rejected and he stayed with Udinese even though he desired a move - with United his preferred destination.

The January '07 window opened with more reported interest from Pompey - yet again nothing happened as interest from Italian sides also increased, with Milan, Juventus and Inter all said to be interested, be it that January or in the summer.

Harry Redknapp's year long pursuit finally concluded with success as the 22-year old signed a 5-year contract for a club record fee of £7m in May, with Muntari saying 'he had been a Pompey fan for a year'.

Football Italia have described Muntari as 'showing himself to possess the touch of Kaka and the combativeness of Edgar Davis, he is definitely a player to keep a close eye on'.

He has been purchased as a lot more than just an important first team player, he has been signed to start most games and is good enough to do so - he should form a formidable midfield partnership with Pedro Mendes, although he can play on the left too.

Muntari has a great attacking flair with an eye for goal and is a danger from set pieces, so we should look out for some spectaculars - and not just from Mendes and Matty Taylor - this season. He is no shrieking violet though and if far from afraid from getting stick in, 3 red cards in 20 odd games last season shows this - with all of them coming in the opening 16 games.

His temperament could be a worry but it is widely viewed that these red cards could have been more out of frustration at not getting the move away he wanted. Redknapp has told him to 'calm down', something which he has agreed to do.

Muntari is a quality, quality player that proved to be a sign of things to come - in terms of money spent, as well as quality. Plenty is expected from the Ghanaian over the next 5-years - at least - and I feel sure we will get plenty - and more!

PLAY UP POMPEY!



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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday July 20 2007
Time: 10:47AM

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Comments

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Looking forward to seeing this lad make his mark on the Prem....could he be better than Ghanaian team mate Essien?
Tantona
20/07/2007 12:55:00
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If he is anywhere as good as Esssien then we have unearthed a real diamond. He will hopefully be the combatative midfielder that we have bee lacking for a while, and you would think that him and Pedro will be a good centre midfield duo. If he could chip in with 10 goals that would be a real bonus, and providing he doesnt perform lile Zakora he appears to be a good buy.
Owenspompey
20/07/2007 13:04:00
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all the hype surrounding him is very good. dejan likened him to beckham, for his long ball ability, his first touch has been likened to kaka, and his strength has been likened to someone ive never heard of. All the reports with him in are good, so im sure he'll do amazingly well.
pompeycarpet
20/07/2007 16:01:00
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As i have posted before i have seen him play for Udine 3 times and he always looked class. He plays the intelligent ball, the only worry for me is that from standing behind the goal at yeovil i am not sure how smart some of our players are or for that matter one or two of our fans.
russellm
20/07/2007 18:13:00
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Agreed Russ, I did wonder sometimes Tuesday night, when Nuggat kept nodding the ball on and, very few times it was picked up! It seemed quite obvious to most of us but seemed to pass our boys by
pentonpompey
20/07/2007 19:20:00
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Give him time to adjust, there is nothing like the English prem. Over the season & hopefull the next few, he will be diamond.
storagematt
20/07/2007 20:10:00
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Sorry storage, I meant what Nuggat was doing was right; it was the others who failed to read him, agreed he will be a star. Can't wait for the potential of Muntari and Nugent to flourish.
pentonpompey
20/07/2007 20:30:00
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It reminds me of when we had Prosenecki, he was just too good for the players in front of him at times, however there should be enough class in the team to deal with this. I feel he is going to be a real find for us.
Owenspompey
20/07/2007 20:31:00
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Hey Owens, can you imagine what Prosenecki would make of what we have today!...I remember I used to have to pinch myself to believe he was playing for us!!
pentonpompey
20/07/2007 20:48:00
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He was the start of these bloody decent players that have been at the club. Go back a few years and think of what we used to purchase, and now look at the talent that Milan brought in and Sacha has brought in as well, and its unbelievable, and as you say, you have to pinch yourself at times. Prosenecki was a genius, he would fit in nicely now wouldnt he, with Badbuy up front !!
Owenspompey
20/07/2007 21:09:00
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