Date:Saturday September 1 2007
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
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