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What exactly is going on with Dejan?

What exactly is going on with Dejan?

Today's paper talk is linking Dejan Stefanovic with a move to Boro for something like £750,000.

Maybe he will leave this month, or in January, almost certainly next summer - if he is still here - but this will not be for Boro will it, if he goes anywhere it will almost certainly be to Leicester.

My thinking, as I have said several times before, is Dejan will find it increasingly hard to play this season - although maybe playing him now might not be a bad thing? - but I would still prefer to keep him here as Hermann Hreidarsson's debut performance for Pompey at left back did not fill me with that much optimism.

Dejan has certainly had his better days but the defence, which is meant to be our strongest area, looked anything but certain against Derby. So, although we have some new players that need to gel in together - which pre season should have done - with the opening fixtures we have maybe it is better to go with the experienced head of Dejan, if not at left back maybe alongside Sol Campbell with Sylvain Distin moving out to the left?

With Andy O'Brien today leaving for Bolton, this is another reason why we should not really be looking to lose Dejan, as we would then only be an injury or suspension or two away from being very stretched at the back - particularly in the central defensive position.

It has been claimed that Dejan is currently out with an injury, but this only seemed to conveniently come out just before the season started when he lost the captaincy - and one of the matches in which he was supposed to have been injured for in pre season, actually saw him on the bench.

Does anyone know what the score actually is - is Dejan really injured or is he being treated with the lack of respect that he recently claimed?

I have to admit that I was all for leaving him out of the side, but if he is fit - as suspect as he may have looked at times last season - does anyone else think that maybe his experience could be needed in these opening matches of the season against some very tough opponents?

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday August 13 2007
Time: 4:44PM

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dejan for wednesday!!!!!!!!!1
mansfieldowl
13/08/2007 16:59:00
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dont really want to see dejan go, but if its in a swap deal for yakubu then im perfectly happy for him to go
jbaker
13/08/2007 17:06:00
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swap for yak=ok, anythin else=big nono. Dejan claims to be more comftable at centre back, although i would prefer to have him playing left back against man u, as his partnership with sol is no better than distins, and he should at least work well with matty. His cover along the back 4 is extremly useul, like paramot, who i had almost forgotten (is he still here???), but i feel that harry like herman, even if im unconvinced. Djan is probably our best bet, ahead of traore and then paramot. Hermen is wey back.
pompeycarpet
13/08/2007 17:14:00
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wonder if hes got the same injury as gary o?
paultsmouth
13/08/2007 18:31:00
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Stephanovic has been at the heart of the club for a while and, although not playing regularly recently, I can see him being a pivotal player at some point in the season. To loose him for such a miserable sum is a joke. If he is unhappy, that is different, but we could easily be in need of a player of his stature just a few weeks into the season
Pompeyscum
13/08/2007 18:39:00
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Past his best, time to move on. Agree about HH but was given little protection by Sulley. Would rather see Matty left mid & Sulley left centre mid.
storagematt
13/08/2007 19:28:00
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totally agree storagematt, coaching badge or bus, the only options, as a contribyution to yak, well maybe, but Lita wont be dissappearing of to the ANC come january
russellm
13/08/2007 20:33:00
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Thanks Russell. Lita is still young & raw but I'd give hime the chance providing Reading don't want daft money.
storagematt
13/08/2007 20:35:00
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i dont think readin would want daft money - they just seem like a very gentlemen like club, who hasnt yet realised that these days,tball is played by thugs, and are only where they are becasue they have an outstounding manager, byut nobody has realised yet. BAsicly, Lita would be probably be accesible, and good, now and for the future.
pompeycarpet
13/08/2007 21:59:00
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just realised, that was highly irelevant...dejan for yakubu, or not at all. keep him unless we can gt a better playor in return.
pompeycarpet
13/08/2007 22:01:00
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