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We hope Nuge stays, but fear he wont

I want David Nugent to stay with Pompey, but I think that he will be sold in January! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from the poll are thoughts I share to be honest.

I really do think that Nugent will be a top class footballer and hope that it will be with Pompey, but I just fear that things are not really meant to be with him here?

I have backed the fella all the way when he has been slagged off, but for whatever reason things just do not seem to be clicking for him here, granted he has not played much so it is hard to judge him but I just have this feeling that Harry Redknapp might have already made up his mind on him and he might not fit into his plans...

As I say I have backed him but he was not good against Blackburn last week, far from it and for the first time being completely honest I came away from the game being quite critical of him when talking to my cousin and my other cousin's boyfriend, well we all did.

I hope he can turn things around but I am concerned, I really am, particularly after he was left out of the squad at the weekend altogether.

NorthStandDan had a theory on Nugent, which he put in a comment he made - this is it...

The will-Nuge-stay-will-Nuge-go question is an interesting one.

I have a feeling that come this time next year he'll be playing and scoring regularly for us. I don't think Harry is the kind of manager to splash that much cash and let it waste away and lose value on the bench.

I think Harry is being rather clever, because when Nuge arrived he was acting like a big time Charlie who'd made his big Premier move with an England goal under his belt. All the hanging around for an Everton offer showed his ego was a bit too big.

By hardly playing him, Harry has:

1) Protected Nugent from fans who might quickly turn against him if he wasn't an instant success.

2) Shrunk Nuge's ego and made him desperate to play and prove himself.

3) Not disrupted Benji's outstanding form. I think Harry is playing a long game, and as soon as we get an injury or a dip in form from Benji, we'll have a top-quality striker ready to replace him, desperate to make an impact.

An interesting theory, one that I had not thought of, but one I would very much hope could be right.

What the poll asked - Dave Nugent - what should, will or would you like to happen to him?

How you voted - I want him to stay, but think he will go 38%, I want him to stay and play 23%, He will be sold if an offer comes in 18%, He will stay 11%, He will go on loan 6%, I want him to stay 4%

Current Poll - October pretty much carried on where most of September - Arsenal aside - had left off, what a month October was - Halloween aside, of course with a defeat and in terms of performance West Ham.

Plenty of players put in plenty of top performances during October, but who was the cream of the crop, that is what pompeyrug wants to know with this - 'Pompey's player of the month for October?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 5 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

What about loaning him out? Here at wednesday we could do with another striker on loan since Jeffers got injured and looks like he will be out for most of the season.
will it ever happen
we have had the 'send him out on loan' talk before and as much as it could work im not for that tbh...
pompeyrug
Would like to see him stay, but you get the impression that he's the right man at a wrong period in the club's history and has too much potential upside to be sitting on a bench.
Toronto4Pompey
Yep, he's not going to be happy staying on that bench forever....not even going to get a sniff during the ANC by the looks of things.
Tantona
I think he has great potential, but I also am beginning to think he doesn't 'fit' here, and it might be better for him to move on somewhere where he will become that superstar he promises to be. A great shame though. Although I think going down the loan route is an excellent idea, as long as its in the Premier League, he could come back to Fratton (for January) a new man, with real goals under his belt - and confidence. What good is it doing him on the bench?
tracyc
he needs to get some sort of proper match practice. he is not the quickets guy ion the field, but is great at being at the right place, at the right time - but without the match sharpness, he will never be able to just put away the goals. His ego has been deflated, and he has said that he wants to play for us. Harry would not have spent that much, unless 1) he was forced too (very unlikely) or 2) he knew what he was doing, and had a plan.
pompeycarpet
still, may well need him when the African nations is on....Im no fan though....two words...panic buy!
CharlieChimes
We will definitely need him in January and there are no games really for him to sharpen up in before then. I think given a fair chance he will make it.
eastneydave
must disagree chaliechimes. whilst we had a minor striker crisis - it was not exaclly a disaster. sure, we needed one man - and the offer went in to nugent a long time before he actually joined us. he was baught as one for the future, with a view to using him this season too.the fact that he has not made a major impact does not say panic buy, we were npt panicking (that much) - although when we did get him, i think we thought we were going to get another striker.
pompeycarpet
options, bent, defoe, martins, anelka, heskey? where do we get the money, Nuge, easy cash, derby are desperate, we get profit, we buy better player, easy peasy
PompeyGleamer
lets be serious here tho are derby really going to splash out 7m on 1 player... i kind of have a theory that 'arry didnt want to miss out on another 'championship star', he didnt get andy johnson - thank god! - or dean ashton - if only he could have - so he thought im not missing out on nuge... not a panic buy, but not sure he was ever fully convinced? he will be a quality footballer, just not sure he will get the chance here - hope he does tho.
pompeyrug
i just think we put the offer in as part of a long term lan. we wenrnt expecting to get him...but we did. life is always full of nice surprises isnt it?
pompeycarpet
I like North Stand Dan's theory.. It makes good sense. But you can toss this debate around all day but the bottom line is that to a certain exent it is in his own hands.... This is what Nugent has to do to turn himself into a top premiership goalscorer ..1. Score regulary for the reserves, 2. Get his place back on the bench 3. be patient 4. Put 'I'd like some tweesers please' in his letter to Santa 5. be a good boy to ensure he gets the tweesers. 6. Open the present from Santa. 7. Used tweesers to get the splinters from the bench out of his arse 8. Be ready when the chance arrives 9. Run on the pitch brimming with confidence so when presented with a golden opportunity he can execute no10 and hit the ******** target!... See it really is that simple.
Chix
It'd be a shame to lose him, he's a good player, and he's english, we need english strikers playing in the top flight
SMOKIEJACK
i do agree mate he is going to be a very good player and i do hope it is here, but maybe it is just the wrong time for him... i dont doubt that if he does go - which i still hope he wont - we will regret this in time...
pompeyrug
He seems to be very low on confidence. I cannot understand whats gone wrong with him.
dazza71
 

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