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Thankfully this is almost over

Thankfully this is almost over

My old mum has always told me 'do not wish your life away', but I cannot wait for midnight tomorrow to come around when the transfer window slams shut for another 4 months.

When the transfer window opened early in the summer I was pleased, as well as excited about the players we might sign and we made some really good ones.

But now I cannot wait for it to close because I am getting fed up with constantly reading things like David Nugent is going here, or there, or could go here or there, Villarreal will make yet another attempted move for Sol Campbell or Matty Taylor and/or Gary 'Neil might have to be sacrificed - I just want to be able to concentrate on the football again without worrying about who will go.

Today we hear stronger talk of 'an audacious' move to signed Eidur Gudjohnsen, but my thinking is does he really have the 10-15 goals in him that Harry Redknapp is craving?

He is a fantastic footballer but as someone else has said is this just a case of Redknapp 'doing another Andrew Cole', in as much as he would be sacrificing a good player to sign someone that he has always wanted - which might not work out.

We also have talk of Peter Crouch being moved for again, which personally I would prefer as we know what we would be getting unquestionably, with it also a near certainty that he would score goals.

When all is said and done though do we really need to move for Gudjohnsen or Crouch, let alone Anelka or Defoe. Could we not just wait and see what happened between now and January - why not give the strikers here a chance to show what they can do? If they were good enough a month or so ago, they cannot all of a sudden not be good enough a matter of weeks later.

Maybe the genuine goal threat would be nice, but again as someone else pointed out recently a 10-15-goal striker might not necessarily mean anything other than just that. Boro, Blackburn, Newcastle, Reading and Charlton all had that last season and did that bring them the success they wanted?

Yep, Blackburn were able to clinch an intertoto cup place, which Reading could have had if they accepted, but Boro and Newcastle were languishing in midtable and Charlton went down.

Too much emphasis is possibly being placed on this 'star striker', which might not actually bring anything. Chances are it would as we have quality throughout the side to help, but I would be happy with what we have now.

There will still be a mad scramble over the next 40 hours or so, but I would happily settle with what we have at the moment and know I cannot wait for it to be over with so we can then just focus on the football, not have to speculate about who will or wont sign and who we might lose tomorrow.


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Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Time: 8:57AM


Got to agree with you Rug, all this talk of Nugent and the rest being linked with other clubs has been quite disturbing.....Nugent in particular. However, you just know that something shocking is going to happen before the window closes.....whether we like it or not.
30/08/2007 09:43:00
Can't wait to have Spuds shut up for another 4 months.
30/08/2007 10:10:00
I beleive what a caller on Quay said last night. The Nugent thing was Billy Davies attempt to unsettle Nugent, and make Nugent feel he was in better hands at Derby then Pompey. Apparently Davies keeps ringing Nugent as "Mates" giving him advise, the way he would when he first took him to Preston. If thats true, you can understand why Harry and Jo Jordan were getting miffed by it all, and finally called time by saying, if you want his oppinion more than ours, the 'K'off and join him at Derby. I can just picture Harry saying it, its us or them, we cant have an outsider interfeering and whispering sweet nothings, because eventually on a bad day at the office, that would be enough to sway Nugents mind in favour of a switch. If so, then go now. If not, then cut the conversations and get back to being a New Pompey player. Dont know who caller was, but it adds up, well in my little mind anyway lol. as for the other names??? I dont doubt we will get one, but all the names being bantered around are more than likely just the media having wild stabs now, in the hope they guess right and can say "We told you first"...
30/08/2007 10:30:00
To use a famous Larry Grayson catchphrase 'Shut that window!' but I agree with Tantona something is going to happen.
30/08/2007 10:45:00
"Today we hear stronger talk of 'an audacious' move to signed Eidur Gudjohnsen, but my thinking is does he really have the 10-15 goals in him that Harry Redknapp is craving?" Eidur Gudjohnsen has never in his career as a striker not delivered just that. He got 12 goals for Barcelona last winter and only started about 20 games. Granted, he did score two of these goals coming off the bench but 10 from 20 is still 1 in 2, and a fantastic achievement if it weren't for the poor performances in some of those non-scoring games. With Chelsea he always scored 10+ goals a season and when played regularly he got 15-25 goals. His only whole season at Bolton he scored 22 goals. So apart from the season Jose Mourinho played him in midfield (3 goals, 11 assists) he has always given you what Harry Redknapp craves. So what's the problem? That said, he will not join Portsmouth. He is currently injured and he also wants to stay at Barcelona.
30/08/2007 11:31:00
i respect what you have said shovethatgunup... but you have still not convinced me tbh...
30/08/2007 11:54:00
Midge, i like what you have said mate and it does make alot of sense... did you hear that fella that called the quay the other night and said something about putting a 10 grand bet - or something similar - on nuge not scoring more than 8 goals! if i had that kind of money i would take him up on the offer, as it is, altho i feel sure he will i woulddnt accept a wager knowing i wouldnt have the funds to cover should i lose...
30/08/2007 11:56:00
No i didnt hear that one Pompeyrug, but i'm sure if we all clubbed together we could get the money to take him up on it. We may only double our money but it would be worth it just to bankrupt the twot. Bet he was a Scummer in Agony at us Buying while they keep selling lol.
30/08/2007 14:15:00
i will have to get in touch with the quay then and get the fellas details - he did say he would leave them if anyone wanted to take him up on his offer, so we can have a vital pompey syndicate to wipe him out...
30/08/2007 14:24:00
"Santa clause is comin to town...da da da etc" well it feels like it smetimes as ive stated before..mind you i wish it was Santa Cruz..he looks good..and to think we were linked with Bianchi long before Sven arrived at easlands..the rumour site i go on which is full of complete nosense has us linked with "Kerlon" the brazillian seal dribbler....santa clause is comin to towwwwnnnn..
plymouth graham
30/08/2007 18:20:00
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