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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 13 2007

Time: 4:44PM

Your Comments

dejan for wednesday!!!!!!!!!1
mansfieldowl
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
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
wonder if hes got the same injury as gary o?
paultsmouth
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
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
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
Thanks Russell. Lita is still young & raw but I'd give hime the chance providing Reading don't want daft money.
storagematt
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
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
it is no question whoever players at left back against united needs protection, as good as sulley is he drifts in field too much and leaves the left side of the pitch exposed - if we give united that kind of space and freedom were done for... this is why matty has to come back in on the left against united and surely will, he offers a defensive and attacking option and gives that natural width. sulley is more affective in the middle anyway.
pompeyrug
For wednesday... Ralph Solid & Sylv ...Dej @ left back with Matty in front - Pedro & Sean in the middle with Utaka on right. Benji alone up front ........ One missing ... Sulley to follow Tevez everywhere - We will then see how good he is (Muntari I mean)
Chix
i think both gary and matt should be playing on the wing for us against united and utaka and benji and probably bring on nugent. and Luaren at right back distin and sol in middle and HH at left back. Mendes in the middle but i m not sure about playing sulley cose of his challenges and i think he may get caught out. And am i the only one here that thinks that Dejan is the worse defender in pompey and we shoould have got rid of him instead of de zeuw. I would rather play Cranie instead of Dejan. And Defoe is the player to solve i'll striker worrries not the Yak and espically not at the price they are asking for him
pompeybenji
i think there will be quite a bit of man marking/doubling up on certain playors when man u have the ball, but very open play when we do. it would be a waste of muntaris talent shadowing teves, and i would watch out for his ackles (as pompeybenji pointed out) - so maybe hughes would fit in nicely - in fact, krunchie always plays well against man u, so lets go fr a completly diferent midfield: kranjcar and Hughes.
pompeycarpet
Dejan was in Gunwharf yesterday, with his family, he wasnt at middlesborough, and looked very happy and relaxed. So i would think he is staying put, or already knows where he is going, just when. My money would be on Staying here, with a view to Coaching role eventually, or going to Leicester, as he is loved by Milan.
Midge
Great servant to the club and all that but when your times up.....
The Rabbi
not convinced by his quality now tbh but at the same time i think that in these tough opening matches his experience could prove helpful?
pompeyrug
 

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