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No Pompey return for the little man

No Pompey return for the little man

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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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday November 16 2007
Time: 11:59AM

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I think he's showing a bit of interest in us, now that we are looking to get a European spot this season. He chose Spain over us and probably now regrets it. With the type of role he could play, I think we are already covered with Niko and Matty. I know its a bit of bite you nose off to spite your face, but I'd be inclined to tell him to get stuffed if he wanted to come back to us now he's glory hunting.
blarmy
16/11/2007 12:23:00
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He would have been a good signing pre-season, but he plays in that position as per Berkovic and Di Canio, and defending is not a priority for this type of player. I hope he gets his career back on track again, he was part of that wonderful survival story and we all owe him for that, if he came in a cut price deal though Harry snap him up and have him come from the bench i fwe are chasing the game.
Owenspompey
16/11/2007 12:59:00
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Don't forget ADA is not a left sided player. For Zaragosa he plays on the right. And also remember HR said he was not interested in Dave Nugent to throw others off the scent.
eastneydave
16/11/2007 13:38:00
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exactly dave hence my 'Whilst I would not rule out a return and what Redknapp says and what actually happens are not always the same maybe...'
pompeyrug
16/11/2007 13:48:00
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i would rather he came back than we signed jonas guiterrez. tbh i dont really hold him too accountable for not signing before, and do not think it was a case of nothing being big enough or good enough for him... most agents are greedy - his were no exception, so this pretty much killed the deal but maybe the club could have given alittle more leway at the time? how much valuations differed tho, only these parties know...
pompeyrug
16/11/2007 13:51:00
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H'd be welcome as a squad player ;)
NorthStandDan
16/11/2007 16:42:00
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uum.. not sure about this one.. I think the right side of midfield is probably our weakest at the moment so I could see him fitting in but not playing 4-3-3 .... that said I am a firm believer that you shoud never go back... but some others say better the devil you know .. we'll have to wait and see.. my gut feel is that we will see him back at Fratton Park come January .. I think !!
Chix
16/11/2007 20:22:00
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it amazed me the first time he signed for you, shame he wouldn't come back he was a class act!
merlin
16/11/2007 20:46:00
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Shame but not unexpected.
storagematt
16/11/2007 21:21:00
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yep Chix im from that same school of thought 'the dont go back' but i do think it will either be 'spiderman' of d'alessandro - i feel a poll coming on... i was made up when he 1st signed, worried he wouldnt be the player he was a few years before that, but he was every bit and more...
pompeyrug
16/11/2007 23:46:00
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