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Pompey cannot afford to sell players

Some of the Pompey 'fringe players' could be looking at January exits, but personally I do not see many of our first team players as 'fringe players' anyway. In terms of not getting much action, they would be considered 'fringe players' but in terms of actual quality very few are the type of player that will rarely, if ever be unlikely to get a look in again - most can and will do a job when asked.

This is why Sol Campbell has told The News that no players should be allowed to leave in January, as they will be needed to cover for the African nations and the remainder of the season ahead: 'we are losing the guys for a month or six weeks to the African Nations but it's not that bad.

'We've got players who can fill in, great pros, so it won't hit us that much.

'The back four are the key though, Benji is not going while there are guys who can come in and stand up for themselves.

'That's what it's all about, a good squad.

'The quality of players is a lot better in the squad, everyone is there.

'What we can't afford to do, though, is lose a couple of the fringe players.

'It would be suicidal to let players go, we need them all here.

'It's about having a strong squad, keeping a strong unit, everyone is important'.

In theory this makes a lot of sense and I would like nothing more than to have all players stay, but the reality is even if Pompey want to keep them, some will not be willing to stay if they might only play a bit part which is understandable. At the same time in order to get where we want to be we need a quality squad - which we do - as a lot of players will be needed.

Even if players do remain Campbell still expects others to arrive, and he feels this is needed if we are to kick on from last season and really make a fist of it from January onwards: 'hopefully lessons have been learned from last year when money was not spent in January.

'We'll see if the money is available because we need to strengthen our side, it will be bad if no players came in.

'But I can't see that happening'.

Players will arrive in January; I would bank on it and think we could see 4 or 5 sign, even if some were only loan deals with potential permanent deals at the end of them.

January will be an exciting month, but for the time being I just want to get through December, which is looking like being a possible season definer...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 6 2007

Time: 9:45AM

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I can see Sol's point; during the ANC we'll need all the 'fringe' players that we've got....last season, (as he said), was a great case in point for reinforcing the squad for the second half of the season. The question is, how much money will 'Arry 'ave to throw around if he doesn't sell?
Tantona
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06/12/2007 11:17:00

I think this will come down to the money made available. It looks certain that Matty will leave with a figure if 4M being banded around. Maybe Nugent with another 4M-5M. Lauren but for how much. Can't see Sascha stumping up any new money so the it's likely to be recycled spends. What happened to the Gary O money!
bluedr
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06/12/2007 12:43:00

whats the point of selling the likes of matty taylor and nuge just to buy again? unless they want to go that is... for the money that we will get for them how will we be able to get ourselves into a similar, ideally better position? as players of equal - ideally better - quality will not come any cheaper, probably at a higher price! so we might get a couple of better players, but in terms of numbers we will be no better off - i thought we had moved passed having to 'sell players' in order to buy others...
pompeyrug
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06/12/2007 13:12:00

I'm glad Sol came out and said it, we need to expand our squad, that does not involves selling 4 or 5 players to get 2 in return. Some money should be available by Gaydamak, some from the O'neil transfer (as bluedr said) and a little more for fringe players like Hughes and Lauren. That should be enough to purchase a right winger and a another attacker. I dont see the point in selling Nugent who was just bought and hasnt been given a fair chance or Taylor, who I think has future at this club, unless ofcourse they themselves want a change of scenery.
whitestones
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06/12/2007 15:27:00

why don't the players involved retire from international football until the African Federation move this tournament to the summer. Why should Pompey pay their wages when they aren't even available and could even come back injured? I know every player has the right to play for their countyr but why don't FIFA/UEFA sort this problem out?
The Rabbi
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06/12/2007 21:51:00

we quite often do have players returning with injury or illness dont we...
pompeyrug
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06/12/2007 23:38:00

January is achance for Nugent to have a good run out & certainly can't see the point in selling Matty. The ANC hasn't come at a good time but when did it ever. Agree with sell the dead wood if need be but not the likes of MT.
storagematt
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07/12/2007 08:22:00

who do you define as 'deadwood' tho mate? lauren - as good as he has been over the years - would be a player i would let go, richard hughes is a fella that i think sums up the pompey fighting spirit but i would rather lose him that some others tbh... would still like to keep traore tbh, but not at other people's expense...
pompeyrug
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07/12/2007 12:43:00

umm it's gonna be interesting to see what happens but as harry has be baning on about the fact that he'll only have 14 players capable of playing in the premiership we must surely expect a net increase in the playing staff... so if Lauren, Djimi & Hughsie go we must bring 4 new players in to increase the size of the squad...
Chix
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07/12/2007 13:12:00

 

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