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Niko, what a difference a year makes

Niko, what a difference a year makes

When Niko Kranjcar first arrived at Pompey he came with a tag of being 'the next Robert Prosinecki', but he looked some way lacking.

He was overweight, out of shape and well off the pace but he has worked hard to slim down, bulk up and get into shape and the club have done their bit to work on him and turn him into a complete premier league footballer of the highest calibre.

Tracking back did not seem to mean anything to him, but the amount of this he does now is fantastic. His skills, vision and footwork are truly breathtaking at times and it is now easy to see why he is so highly rated in his native Croatia.

Pompey have already had probably the greatest ever Croatian, Prosinecki play for us - a fella that I still class as the best player that I have ever seen play from within a crowd, not only in a Pompey shirt, but any football shirt full stop - but I honestly think that Kranjcar could be even better in time as he has all his qualities and more - defending, tracking back, tackling, were all basically unknown things for Prosinecki, they are embraced by Kranjcar.

There has been a lot of talk praising Kranjcar recently, but it appears that this was pre-empted again as I did write this when I was away last week, but did not have a chance to type up and publish until now.


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Date:Sunday November 4 2007
Time: 8:01AM

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They it takes time to settle, not just on the pitch, offit as well. Once all clicks, this is what you get. His style works well with the big Africans. Up Pompey.
04/11/2007 08:33:00
he was brilliant today, i hade a good chat with a newcastle fan going out the stadium, he thought niko was the difference
04/11/2007 09:12:00
Proving to be a class act, he played well again today and showed that it has been worth waiting for him to get used to the game in this country. The new system suits him and he looks like he ie enjoying his game now.
04/11/2007 10:49:00
Yes, he is proving his worth, player of the season in my eyes so far, perhaps suprise package aswell?
04/11/2007 11:49:00
Haven't seen much of this guy but heard plenty of good comments about him. Is he that good?
will it ever happen
04/11/2007 12:26:00
i swear to you mate - no word of a lie, pompey specs taken off kranjcar is that good and more... to be compared with the great prosinecki he must be good, tbh i reckon he will be better than him eventually...
04/11/2007 14:59:00
i think also that he will be playing for a european team next season aswell : )
04/11/2007 16:13:00
I've praised him since day one. I could see his vision and sublime passing even when he looked off the pace. I'm glad he's finally lived up to expectation.
04/11/2007 16:35:00
If there was one player I WANTED to be good and stay and play for us it was Nico. I wonder if the way things have happened is luck or part of a long/medium term plan by Hal. He struggled in a 442 and was rightly kept out by Matty T, but now, blimey, he looks the sort of player The Arse or Man Ure would buy for a bunch of money and then bask in his greatness! I have to confess that as soon as he arrived, my son bought a shirt emblazoned with his name, so I had an ulterior motive, too, for wanting him to succeed! Play up Nico.
04/11/2007 19:14:00
there was something about him when he came to the club. if he WANTED it to get done, then it would just happen. sure, he was a littl lazy, and probably got on too well with mbesuma and the pie eating club, but has since learned that if you want to be the greatest ever croatian, you actually have to put some effort in!
04/11/2007 20:08:00
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