Should Pompey target Europe?
Several Pompey players have said that uefa cup football is their goal for this season, with all the new signings mentioning this soon after they arrived, even Harry Redknapp has at times hinted towards this - although he soon reminds us how hard it might be, just so expectation do not rise too high.
Sol Campbell was clearly bitterly disappointed that we missed out on this last season, as despite a fine season we all know, even if it was not something everyone wanted, this should have been achieved. Campbell has made no secret of his disappointed that we did miss out, but has targeted it again.
The latest - and probably most forceful - to say this is David James. He has made it very clear that although it will raise expectations, if last seasons showing had not done so anyway, Europe is something we have to aim for this season.
To have any chance of making this a reality we have to sort out our away form, something that James has also spoken about, as it was our away form mainly, although other factors combined, that ultimately cost us last season when all was said and done.
My thinking is we have the players that are capable of doing so, but there are also a whole host of other clubs that will be thinking the same. So providing we are a little more adventurous away from Fratton, should this remain a fortress, then we have every chance.
European football is not quite something that I will be demanding, unless we get into a position again where we should get it, but at least equalling what we achieved last season is a must.
What is your thinking fellas - are you honestly targeting a uefa cup finish this season and do you like the fact that the players are setting levels so high?
PLAY UP POMPEY!