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Sulley in the middle

Sulley Muntari showed once again yesterday against Chelsea why playing him in the centre of midfield is such a better option than playing him out on the left of midfield.

Granted, he can play in that area but every time I see him he is always far more influential when he has played in the middle, somewhere he hopes to stay as he said on the Pompey Site 'I played in the centre of midfield for six years at Udinese. That's where I play - for my country, my club.

'I love being in the middle. I can run and tackle more there'.

He is getting better all the time, with his powerful displays from the middle of the park looking like they could be priceless for Pompey.

He can and will run all day and also looks to have that killer instinct in him, where he can pick out a defence splitting ball, so the more he gets up to speed with the Premiership the better he will become.

He did not look out of place at all against Chelsea and controlled the midfield, but the worrying thing was that he picked up another booking, so once he has that I am always worried that he might pick up the second yellow - but he should have learned from the United game.

By playing him in the middle it also allows Matty Taylor to be utilised on the left of midfield, which is something that I feel we need to see more often than not, as he too will get up and down the pitch all day long, giving great protection to the defence as well as adding that undoubted natural width coming forward, not to mention cracking goals.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 26 2007

Time: 9:39AM

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I think you are right Rug - Sulley in the middle is a must and with a straight four in midfield Taylor has to be on the left - The other two places I think will be alternated between Utaka ans GON on the right and Davis (if his current form continues) and hopefully an 'on his game' Pedro, depending on the fixture - It'll be interesting to see how things develop as all six of the players mentioned can win us a game..... and I havent even thought about Mvemba, Krunchy or Hughes in a straight four in midfield !
Chix
exciting times isnt it o'neil, taylor, mendes, muntari, utaka, kranjcar and davis are all good enough to be in the starting 11 arent they... hughesy and mvuemba are also players i really like. they mvuemba is very much one for the future and the thing i like about hughesy is he will be patient and wont rock the boat if he doesnt play - but when he does we always know he will do a job! tbh i would have sacrificed davis this summer, but his early seaon performances will make it hard for him to be left out let alone sell him. there will quite possibly come a time when something will have to give but so long as we are successful we will need to use alot of players wont we. im honestly finding it hard to decide who the best players are to start each match, so god knows how 'arry feels - but it is a great predicament for him to have!
pompeyrug
Munty is a star in the making, as he proved yesterday, he will be as valuable to us as Essien is to Chelsea. Great signing Harry, and he tackles like a tank, i think him and John Utaka are great buys for this club.
Owenspompey
Like what i've seen of muntari so far, a few too many bookings perhaps but thats because he's so commited. whith the depth we now have in midfield we should be able to cope with the odd suspension as long as he doesn't pick up 2 yellows in the same game again.
Steve C
Yep Steve he is a physical player, but he takes no prisoners and gives us that real bite in midfield that we have not had for a while. He can look after Pedro for us when the big bully boys of the Premiership come around. Loved the big challenge on Essien at the end of the game, that is what his game is all about.
Owenspompey
Yossa Muntari - bring it on ! - I can't wait to see Robbie Savages face when they meet in a month or so time (lol)
Chix
it was a real cruncher wasnt it mate and it left essien limping away didnt it!
pompeyrug
Rug, he hit him like a tank, shades of Bobby Doyle or Mick Kennedy.
Owenspompey
it was what you call 'a proper' full blooded challenge between two big blokes wasnt it - i loved it, loved it even more that muntari came away with the ball, would have loved it yet further still if o'neil has found the net, instead of putting narrlowly wide...
pompeyrug
I got Muntari 11 stamped on the back of my shirt, on the same night he got sent off. GO ON SULLEY.
Lysimachus
He has made a big impression hasnt he? You can even buy Muntari tee-shirts on 365.com now, and they only have Harry and Pedro tee-shirts on there. I hope he gets a goal soon and then we will really see the best of him.
Owenspompey
 

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