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Pompey debate of the day (09/08/07)

Today's hot topic of debate for the fellowship of Vital Pompey, with the season days away, is surrounding the current Pompey squad.

Are we happy with the players that have arrived, or is there an area of the squad you would still like strengthened - if so where and possibly who?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 9 2007

Time: 9:56AM

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for me the squad is looking ok to good. There seems to be the 2 for each position thing going on which is now the norm really. I all honesty-and I slagged off Mr Poll as much as any of us- feel europe may have been a step too far last season in our Re-modling.This year woulld be good for us to step up. We need a free scoring striker-who does'nt. Defoe would be an excellent addition and maybe we will get him as RUG believes we will. I am not convinced about YAK for the amount of cash the papers are talking about..Matt Taylor can take PENS. I think Lua Lua will have a much much better season this year and get us 10 -15 goals. therefore I am reasonably happy with the squad but can see a forward coming..and harry has said he wants a winger
plymouth graham
i honestly do think that we will get defoe within the next yr... altho if we dont then tbh i think we may outgrow him so he would have missed his chance! i thought all summer long that we would get him, we wont before the end of aug but depending on how we are doing and how often he plays for spurs and how they are doing come jan it may be different. if we can also get players in the england squad between now and then i think that could be the clincher.
pompeyrug
Sometimes we need a reality check. Are we going to make Europe (perhaps). Are we going to set the world on fire in the Prem (we wish). Will we finish in the top half (we hope). Will we be struggling (we hope not). The bottom line is that we have strengthened versus last year, but one must admit so have others. The likes of Villa, Man City, Newcastle and West Ham will all have the same vision as us. Injuries may well become the deciding factor in a very competitive league. If we finish 10th will the Pompey Fans consider it a failure, I think not. This year will prove to be the best ever Premier League quality so in the end if we make top half we should be more than content. Scrapping around the relegation zone is very exciting - if you survive - but for mine staying in the Prem and strutting your stuff at the best of your ability outweighs that nervous yet exhilarating finale of survival. I hope for better than 10th but if you ask me now I will take it...how about you ?
pompeygray
tbh i would take it but would be alittle disappointed tho as i really do think we are good enough to finish in the top 6 or 7, but as you say so will others... so long as we at least equal last season i would be happy but 10th would be just below that tho.
pompeyrug
Agree Rug. I want to be optimistic but realism sometimes raises its ugly head and points at you. Please don't get me wrong ; if Pompey make Europe I will be ecstatic. By the same token if Premiership security is once again assured I will have a smile on my face. We all have that desire to chase trophies, cups and the like, but at the end of the day we need to be in the best league on the planet, year in, year out. Having said that 10th and an FA Cup Final appearance will have me flying back home come May 2008.
pompeygray
iv been doing a little asking around, and in truth, there are only about 4 or 5 teams that arnt suggesting that they could finish in th top 6. with the usual top 4, fulham think they can make top 6, so do west ham, man city, us, spurs, blackburn, villa, reading, newcastle, sunderland treat themselves as rank outsiders, and hope to emulate/better reading, middlebrough are also hopeful. and so on...That leaves a lot of competition, but i hope we will edge them. We have one of the best managers, and have built on a squad, that was 1 disalowed goal away from europe last season (i love the position we are in, as i think that we arnt ready for europe, but can still say that we should be there, if we had had the goal allowed/entered intertoto cup - it seems perfect)
pompeycarpet
My answer to the question posed is: i think we could still do with a STRIKER, not a FORWARD!! But, as we have bought the most expensive players the club has ever been linked with, i will settle for how we are, and see how we look come january.
pompey4me
We do need a recognised goalscorer, and i would love a natural playmaker like D'Allessandro or a younger version of Berkovic or De Canio but that will cost and they are very rare, to be honest nerves creep in now and i would be happy to be in the Premiership next season and add even more quality to the squad, but i would really like Pompey to be a good competative team who could turn over the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, United and Liverpool both home and away or give them a bloody hard time. Good luck boys Play Up Pompey
Owenspompey
Owens, i think we are already in the bracket of giving chelsea, arsenal, united and liverpool a bloody hard time, just an out and out goalscorer to take us to the next level.
pompey4me
We might be at Fortress Fratton mate but only the Arsenal game deserves talking about last season, we seem to be frightened of having a go away from home, and we feel that we are or should be good enough to get at them.
Owenspompey
Admitted, i have a crap memory, but how about at your neck of the woods?? I thought we were applauded at anfield??
pompey4me
And at stamford bridge?
pompey4me
The draw last year was 'hard fought' and i dont think that they appreciated our physical approach, i felt it was sour grapes because we got the draw we wanted, they were very scathing about us and the local paper slaughtered us for the way we approached the game, but its a tough old world isnt it I did not hear any applause for us at Stamford Bridge mate, which is why i would love to go and frighten the crap out of them there.
Owenspompey
and lets not forget the FA cup tie with man u - 0-0 right up to the last howver long, rooney scores 2, but we grab 1 back in the dying minutes, that was a pretty close game, what with the chances we missed too (andy cole, open goal)
pompeycarpet
It has to be a striker, hope i'm wrong but don't think we will get one until jan window.
pentonpompey
I agree with Sol, we still need 2-3 quality players, a high quality striker, another winger and one more high quality defender, so not entirely convinced on the squad as yet. qwe finished 9th last season so i would be dissapointed if we dont get 7th or 8th. ONWARD AND UPWARDS.....TO INFINITY AND BEYOND.
russellm
Agree with Russell, especially on the striker and defender (Hreidderson in particular makes me nervous). If Harry really plans to play with wing backs this term, Matt Taylor is fine but I'm not sold on Lauren on the other side of the pitch. A good deal of money has already been spent, so " in for a penny, in for a pound ". It's great to be " realistic " about our chances this year and try to keep the enthusiasm sober, but if spending another $5-10mil would give us a more realistic shot at Europe (which I think it would) then it's coin well spent (always easy to say when it's somebody else's chequebook).
Toronto4Pompey
i completely agree with what you said T4P, i was surprised when we went for Herman, nothing worse than half a job. still i suppose one positive way to look at it is 2 and a bit weeks left to solve the problem.
russellm
left back i still our problem position, as no-one seems that comftabel there. We have a championsleague final winner that plays there, our old club captain, and a playor that 'arry has tried to sign in the past - why do we still have problems??? but actually, we still dont have a natural goal scorer yet, which could be even more of a problem. If we dont do as well as last season, it will be a disopointment, as we are defiinaty a club on the up, so any step back is just delaying the inevitable ;-)
pompeycarpet
Still have the No. 9 shirt vacant! I'd still go for the Yak.
storagematt
The number nine shirt is waiting for Defoe, as soon as Berbatov and Keane get in the side along with Bent he will be despatching his agent south to get ready for his transfer to us. He has wasted so much time on the bench, he knows he has to play if he wants to play for England. McClueless cant pick him ahead of Bent if he cant displace him in the team, and what with Johnson, Rooney, Owen and Nugent around plus Crouch he has to be scoring goals.
Owenspompey
 

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