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The end is nigh for Matty Taylor...

The end is nigh for Matty Taylor...

Matty Taylor is a huge crowd favourite with Pompey - he is most certainly one of my favourites - but I think most of us would concede that the writing is on the wall for him now and it is looking more likely than not that he will leave, probably in January...

Indeed over the weekend there had been more speculation that other premier league clubs were looking at him, with Reading reported as being prepared to cough up £5m, with West Ham, Fulham and Boro also said to be in the queue. Spurs are long term admirers, so if he is available they could come in again, with Villa and Everton also linked in the past.

I would love Taylor to stay, but he is too good to sit on the bench, as I feel if he gets a run in any side then he is good enough to play for England, but from the looks of the direction we are taking it is going to be increasingly hard for him to feature for us.

After seeing Noe Pamarot against Blackburn in the league cup, coupled with Taylor's 2nd half showing as his replacement he looked nailed on to start against Newcastle last weekend but Harry Redknapp stuck with Pamarot - with him being completed vindicated with his decision.

For whatever reason he just cannot get into the side, even when there appears a chance for him, but with Niko Kranjcar being absolutely fantastic in his roaming role, which starts on the left, Sulley Muntari then next in line to go out on the left and Pamarot seemingly the preferred left back when Hermann Hreidarsson is out it does not look good does it fellas.

To be honest I have now basically adopted the attitude that Redknapp has a vision and he knows what direction we are heading in and what this direction means in terms of players, so as much as I would want Taylor to stay if Redknapp decides it is time for him to go I will reluctantly accept this, but it will be a very, very sad day if/when it happens...


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Date:Thursday November 8 2007
Time: 8:00AM


I would like him at the Lane, but with Ramos here now, I doubt we will carry on our interest!
Real Deal
08/11/2007 08:06:00
tbh - without looking at him in a biased view - i think quite a few clubs would like matty taylor play for them wouldnt they... so he shoulnt be short of offers if he is allowed to leave in january.
08/11/2007 08:23:00
Hopefully he won't leave unless he wants to go. A lot of clubs will want him, £6m+. He has been a hero for us since the championship wiining season but time moves on & sentiment is not part of the game anymore.
08/11/2007 10:46:00
I heard Curbishley wants him at West Ham.
08/11/2007 11:10:00
agree with everything you have said storagematt, the real key thing being 'if he wants to go'...
08/11/2007 12:00:00
dont want him to go.....:(:(....I love matty (man love that is!) bit, I cant see him wanting to stay if he cant get a game at either of his positions!!
08/11/2007 13:28:00
I love Matty to bits and hope that he sees his future here at Pompey, we're playing well at the moment but an injury to krunchy would mean a chance for matty, there's nobody else to fill that wide left berth. Come January there will be 3 places up for grabs in midfield with Diop, Muntari and Utaka off to Africa, could perhaps put Krunchy in the middle or wide right and play matty wide left. it's imperative that we maintain the quality of the squad if we are to maintain this seasons form.
Steve C
08/11/2007 13:34:00
I would ironically like to see him leave, if harry doesnt have him in first team, i hate to see him on the bench, and it is gut wrenching to see him warm up, not with the first 11.
08/11/2007 13:59:00
I've been worried for a while that he will want to go, and in fact I think he's too good for the bench, so couldn't blame him if he did go, he has to think about his own career. This time last year he had England aspirations. Who agrees that if he'd been playing for . . dunno, Spurs, Newcastle, Everton over the last 12 months he would be in the England side by now? I really hope he stays though - and gets a regular starting place back.
08/11/2007 14:23:00
The lad deserves first team football, so it certainly looks like he'll move in January as has been said. No doubt he's got plenty more blinding goals and crosses left in him, but I've never been one hundred percent convinced by his defensive qualities.
08/11/2007 15:49:00
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