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Kranjcar the key for Pompey

Niko Kranjcar is the most "vital" part of the Pompey side! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from PompeyGleamer's poll are thoughts that I do share.

To clarify, the poll meant "vital" to the midfielder, not the team full stop - well anyway that is the impression that you would get with the names mentioned.

I have made my thoughts on Kranjcar, and how good I think he is and will yet be perfectly clear recently so I do think that he is crucial to our midfield, probably just the most important although Sean Davis has become quite key recently - who would have thought this.

A fella that I do not think we can over look is Papa Bouba Diop - he seem to rapidly be becoming a key part of that midfield and I think his presence was missed against Man City yesterday, not only for what he offers but he - with Sulley Muntari - frees up Davis to be most effective.

What the poll asked - Who's the most "vital" to the success of our team?

How you voted - Kranjcar 35%, Davis 30%, Muntari 14%, Diop 13%, Utaka 8%

Current Poll - In recent times we have 'slipped up' against the promoted teams - not again please!

With Birmingham, Derby and Sunderland being the teams that came up for this season could we go through it without being beaten by any, this is want Lysimachus wants to know with this - 'will we be unbeaten to the promoted sides (Birmingham, Derby & Sunderland) for once this season?' 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 12 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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Niko is a good example of the results a club will get by giving a player time to settle in. Niko wasn't at his best last season and seemed to be struggling to live up to expectations. This season is a different story altogether. people forget that by moving to Portsmouth, Niko had to undergo incredible changes in his life, changes (language/family/new home/new team mates) that would test any person let alone a footballer. I can't imagine I'd settle in too quickly if I moved to Croatia to do my job. It says a lot about Harry and Niko that he is now emerging as a growing force in what is fast becoming a top team. Good luck to him.
The Rabbi
Too many fans dont give a player a chance. I hear snipes, and jibes about Kranky, about Davies, and about Johnson. Yet we sit in 6th and only a few points behind top spot. Players get confidence and prove themselves, as the 3 mentioned above have proved. So i thank the masses for getting behind the players when they come on and leave the pitch and help grow their confidence, as opposed to the minority who seem to have already forgotten about the past 3 years, the past 7 years, and the not so distant history where we scrapped and scraped for a result like a draw, which some now dont seem happy to accept??? I was pleased that Nugent got a good reception, and covered the sighs, moans and groans from the few around me who would rather crucify a player, than give them chance to adapt, settle in and grow with the team.
Midge
completely agree with you mate... kranjcar always had the talent just adjusting to his new surroundings was all that was needed, its not easy but he has got there and we are now reapting the benefits.
pompeyrug
well agree with you both now as you - Midge - commented whilst i wrote my last post... i was delighted to see nuge come on and as soon as kanu pulled up i was praying that nuge would be the one that 'arry brought on and he did very well, if only that shot had gone in off the post and not come out again... but it will come.
pompeyrug
Whilst he took a long term to settle watching Nico now is shear joy. His touch and skills are sublime and his vision for a pass are usually ahead of the players around him. HR loves the ball to Kanu at Newcastle and having watched it a few times it was unbelievable. The other players love his skills in training and now we are beginning to see why.
eastneydave
I like niko, great player. great potential and is on a huge contract. I personally think distin should be getting the player of the month for each month this year, it will be instereseting to see who will get player of the season this year. so far I would say it will be between distin, niko, campbell and davies, i doubt any of the africans wil get it, as the two best uns are going away for the africans cup, but back to the point, niko is a leg - end!
PompeyGleamer
what a playor. i just hope none of the "big 4" try to come in and nab him...
pompeycarpet
that is my concern aswell carpet, but not the big four, but an european giant. inter or someone like that, but like i sed, hes on a hugggge contract, so hes not going anywhere! : )
PompeyGleamer
whats this 'huge contract' that you say he is on gleamer?
pompeyrug
i we keep moving forward there could be no reason why we might not be one of the 'big 4' in the coming years - so he will have no need to leave :-)
pompeyrug
Krunchie is getter better by the game and is becoming a player you is soon to gonna be irreplaceale - once again 'arry gets it right and once again the faith and patience we give a player pays off ,,, We should underestimate how much this part in allowing a player to settle ..first Benji then krunchie who is next... by the way he played when he came on on Saturday Nugent won't be far behind...
Chix
he is great player, but also he have great personality, he is very pleasant and well mannered boy.
andycroat28
isnt he on a long contract, like 4 years or something?
PompeyGleamer
but what do contracts mean tho Gleamer? not alot really do they... the only benefit for us having him on a long term contract is, if the 'big boys' come in for him the longer he is contracted to us the more we can demand for him... but this wont be an issue for a very long time anyway - all being well.
pompeyrug
Chix, one again i agree with what you are saying the club have been patient - as have the fans - with many, so nuge deserves the same treatment... i know in the main he is, but some are not doing this, which surprises me.
pompeyrug
 

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