Date:Friday November 16 2007
I do not think that many people will play down the part Andres D'Alessandro played in our 'great escape' at the end of the 2005/06 season and virtually all of us hoped that he would turn that loan move into a permanent stay at Pompey, sadly it did not happen.
Despite 'rumours' - which have cropped up several times since he left - of a possible return, the latest claiming this could happen in January Harry Redknapp has ruled this out, telling The News that he just does not think he could fit him into the side: 'I love the little fella but where do you play him?
'It's like Geovanni at Manchester City, who I had here in the summer.
'I was speaking to Sven-Goran Eriksson about him last week. He's a good player but his position is behind the front two.
'It's not easy to accommodate a player like that in an English system.
'It's a lovely position to play. You are there with no defensive duties whatsoever.
'It's where everyone wants to play, but it is not always the way to go in the English game'.
He has had problems in Spain with Real Zaragoza recently but by all accounts last season he was in exceptional form, carrying on from where he left with us the season before so a move back to England has been heavily banded about. Whilst I would not rule out a return and what Redknapp says and what actually happens are not always the same maybe this one is a no go this time...
I would love to have D'Alessandro back at Pompey but as much as you can never have 'too many good players' and need this quality to move you forward we do have to be realistic and practical in who we can and cannot have at the club.
In fairness to D'Alessandro he was seen as a 'luxury' player who would shirk his defensive responsibilities, but he knuckled down and more than pulled his weigh during his brief, but hugely successful stay with us between January and May 2006.
Could he fit into the current Pompey side? Quality players almost always find a way, so maybe so - but then who would be left out...
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Date:Friday November 16 2007
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