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Pompey in for Derby's Giles Barnes?

Giles Barnes is the golden boy of Derby, he helped them to promotion to the promised land, but since then has struggled with injury - he was even injured during the play off semi final win over the Saints last season, but was still fit enough to see them off.

He has made his return recently, but despite fending off summer interest from West Ham he looks destined to leave Pride Park in January, but West Ham seem to have dropped out of the race?

Villa were strongly linked with him at the tail end of the weekend, with them reportedly now being joined by City and Pompey, so a battle to land the England U21 star is said to be ready to begin in the new year.

Barnes is a class act, and in his limited appearance in the top flight - added to that what I saw of him in the Championship - he does not look out of place but would he fit into the set up at Pompey though? Even with the African nations we still appear to have enough in midfield to cover this.

That said though another bright young English talent coming to Pompey would not be a bad thing would it, at 19 he has a good 15 years or so of his very best to offer yet doesn't he...

As I say I am not so sure, I would not say no, but is midfield an area that we really need to look at that much in January - as talented as he is the reported 5m fee could be spent elsewhere strengthening the side couldn't it?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 11 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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Got to be honest....don't remember ever having seen the lad play. He's young, he's English = 'Arry won't put him in the team. ...one for the future apparently...
Tantona
i think its a misconception that 'arry doesnt give young english talent a chance... he might not do it so much at pompey but he did this all the time at west ham didnt he and also did this with the lot down the road didnt he?
pompeyrug
True Rug......Harry's record in bringing on young English talent at West Ham was great; Ferdinand, Lampard, Joe Cole, Carrick, Defoe etc.
NinjaTim
Prospects are great, but don't we already have one Championship superstar sitting on the bench waiting for his bus to stardom ? - Lets get someone with some experience, i.e. Crouch, Kanoute, Lita etc.
Toronto4Pompey
You know me I love the young prospects, but you do have a good point in that the money could be spent on a quality player that could give us a boost immediately. It all depends on how much money is available and who will go come january
whitestones
id prefer to see us keep matty than buy giles barnes, but he is probably the most talked about 19 year old in the premiership (other than fabregas) so he cant be bad...
jbaker
injuries are something we should also look at, and if we need him. utaka is gonna be around for some time and we have kranjcar too on the right, with gutierrez being looked at too! we dont want another songo'o (right wonger who never even gets considered), who incidently i really want to see play as iv only heard good things about him!
jbaker
Have to agree with you totally jbaker, Keep Matty and spend the money else where. Songoo by the way, nice footballer. played alright every time ive seen him anyway.
pentonpompey
As well as buying for our immediate needs we have to keep on eye on the future .. I don't like the fact that he's had more than the 'odd' injury but I definately think we should looking at him seriously... Derby will need to raise cash and this is one sure way to do it .... I say yes... as long as we get the striker and winger we need as well
Chix
I agree chixy, its all depends on the finances available, if 3 quality players without losing any (notably matty or Nuge) then i'm all for getting him, i think he has a bright future
whitestones
i have been banging the 'songo'o drum' for ages, i would really like to see the fella get a chance... i just dont think it'll happen and we could regret this?
pompeyrug
i wrote a long comment on this earlier, and it obviously hasnt gone through! i just cant help but wondering whether songo'o wasnt helped by the fact that he was bought by perrin, and is the only remaining perrin player, so i hate to say this but is it harrys reluctance to play someone who he didnt choose?
jbaker
i completely agree mate and wrote an article saying just that a few months back... most disagreed and said that they thought 'arry rrated him, but im not too sure as he couldnt wait to ship out perrin's lot, which fair enough most were crap and had to go, but not all...
pompeyrug
More paper talk.
storagematt
 

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