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Pompey's deadline day activity

Pompey's deadline day activity

Friday saw the transfer window come and go with Pompey letting two players go, bringing two players in also.

It was little surprise when Dejan Stefanovic was allowed to leave, the £1m that Fulham paid for him is good business for all concerned. Good luck to the fella, who will always have a special place in our hearts, as we will his from what he said upon leaving.

Little time was wasted in snapping up a defensive replacement as Glen Johnson returned for a fee of around £4m after being told he had no Chelsea future. Initially he had said he did not want to come here and wanted to go back to Chelsea, which was fair enough, but things did not work out for him, so back he comes with his tail between his legs. I am still not convinced by him, or his signing to be honest but if he can sort out his concentration levels and get the right attitude then he could prove a very good signing in the long run.

The transfer that most fans would not like that Peter Storrie and Harry Redknapp had been talking about happened when fans favourite and Pompey icon Gary O'Neil was allowed to leave for Boro. The deal initially looked in doubt after he failed a medical, but it eventually went through near the midnight hour, with £5m being the amount quoted, although this might have been re-negotiated after his earlier medical? If so this would be more ridiculous than his sale itself.

I have always imaged that he would leave, but also always imaged it would be to a bigger and better club, I say this with all due respect to Boro.

Shortly before the O'Neil transfer was completed Papa Bouba Diop arrived from Fulham for an undisclosed amount. I would think it would be something around £2.5m to £3m, as Fulham had offered £2m plus the player for O'Neil previously, so that makes valuation sense? As for Diop, again to be honest I am not sure of the benefits of signing him really. He is a big powerful midfielder but I just cannot see what he will add that we did not already have in some shape or form.

I hate moaning about this club, as I love Pompey, but it cannot be all sweetness and roses, I cannot always write glowing reports on what Pompey do.

Yep, moaning about the players that left and those that came in will not make a blind bit of difference, but as fans who pay a lot of hard earned money - sometimes almost beyond our means - we have a right to have a say, good or bad and for me that is what makes this site so great.

So overall my take of the comings and goings are that I do not think what has arrived has improved us at all, at a push we have about levelled things out, but even then being brutally honest I think we are possibly even worse off than we were, but maybe this is because I was so fond of O'Neil, as we all were, so just seeing him leave left me totally gutted as a little bitter - in a couple of days maybe I will think differently and things will not look as bad as I first thought.

To be honest I am glad that the strikers that we have will be given that chance, at least until January, but where was this striker that we were basically promised? At a push I might have been happy with O'Neil or even Matty Taylor being sacrificed if we got him, but we did not, so with that in mind I would have rather kept things exactly as they were.

The talk that some players that people might not want to leave would happen, did happen, but the talk that also said 'sometimes you have to sell players in order to buy other, better players' has in my thinking not been achieved, but nevertheless we have to move on and we will get right behind the lads, whoever they are, when they take to the field against Arsenal.

This is my view - but what is your overall thinking on the business we conducted, are you happy with what happened or would you have wanted something, or someone else?


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Date:Saturday September 1 2007
Time: 9:25AM


We are very much the losers if its GON out & Diop in.
01/09/2007 09:33:00
since writing this and adding it, my thoughts have not change but i just said this on another article... 'looking at the overall transfer window tho we cannot doubt that we have seen some really quality come in, so as dissapointing as friday was the 3 months or so on the whole has been very productive hasnt it'... i still think that friday was anything but productive, but the in the context of the bigger picture it has been a pretty good transfer window.
01/09/2007 09:38:00
There was certainly a lot of disquiet on the the streets of Eastney last night about the sale of GON. Most echoed what you have said rug but some were a little stronger. Questions about the signing were why another right back? and if we are improving the squad in Diop better than Gary? These were questions I struggled to answer I must admit. Put it mostly down to balancing the books.
01/09/2007 09:40:00
i could have been stronger, but this is a family show :)
01/09/2007 09:42:00
As I've already said, Diop is not my favourite player, (what did he achieve at Fulham?) and give me Gary O'Neil any day. I suppose B&Q Johnson can be seen as a decent aquisition, although I'd rather have the solid, concentrating, passes to our side Lauren at right back. But he's English and Harry, maybe can mould him into a consistent player, possibly in right midfield where he can't so much harm. 4 million for a young, England full back isn't so bad. Her may be better now we own him - can't always be easy playing your heart out for a club from which you can be called back at any time. Positive vibes man . . . . er, men.
01/09/2007 09:51:00
we are in fact no stronger, you will find quite a few of the papers query the GJ deal given his known defensive failings, which is why chelsea let him go, not much point in a non defensive defender. Diop is worse than Gary O. So at first site we seem to have made a concerted effort to weaken our selves.
01/09/2007 10:14:00
we already have Distin to get caught out of position and in fact herman, so with glen in as well we are triple covered in the likely to get caught out of position and make a rick department.
01/09/2007 10:26:00
Abromavich: "Why is cinderalla no good at the football? Because she always runs away from the ball." Kenyon: "sounds like Glen Johnson." This happened.
01/09/2007 10:27:00
Russ: I'm glad someone has mentioned Distin being caught out of position because I've noticed it quite a few times. However on closer inspection, it's been Distin covering up Hreidasson and Traore for their mistakes.
01/09/2007 10:56:00
Better keep hold of Sol, then.
01/09/2007 11:05:00
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