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Diarra is the dogs...

...you get the point!

Yep I know it is only one game and with all due respect it was against Derby, but Lassana Diarra looked a classy footballer for us yesterday on his debut, and he has already told the Pompey Site that there is much more to come: 'I enjoyed the game but I can do better. I hadn't played a game for a month and I only trained with my new teammates for the first time on Friday.

'I need time to get my rhythm. It will also be better for my mind to think I can play every week. That's a good feeling.

'It was good to hear the fans sign my name too'.

He is a fantastic signing, I do not think too many can disagree with that and on the evidence of that one showing he really will be all that and more, again I am not trying to get carried away but I think he is going to be a 'special' footballer for us.

My cousin text me after the game, and I think he summed things up perfectly 'Diarra looked the nuts'.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 20 2008

Time: 2:00PM

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great player! lets hope he can keep his concentration up, and he doesnt bugger off in the summer...
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20/01/2008 14:10:00

young talented and ours we are building a great squad our team is full of total footballers its great to see centre backs taking on strikers and midfielders and our strikers tackling yesterday epitomised harrys dream
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20/01/2008 14:13:00

He certainly is a top player, he didn't look out of place in the Arsenal team. But I understand that he was subbed on 81mins yesterday, expect a transfer request tomorrow! :-)
Little Dutch
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20/01/2008 14:33:00

patience doesnt seem to be his strong point does it... he got a standing ovation when he came off and will only get better. the way 'arry is talking he will be a regular starter no doubt about that...
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20/01/2008 15:06:00

He only wasted the ball about twice in the whole game, this is the kind of player we actually have no current right to have. We must do well enough this season (at least sixth) to, not only keep this one but attract others. Diarra is fantastic. he even made Pedro play his best game since his assault by those Man City Aunts.
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20/01/2008 15:28:00

Could help revive home form.
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20/01/2008 15:28:00

Sadly, it'd be a mistake to get too attached. Especially if he keeps playing well. You might want to pray from a few dodgy performances everytime a transfer wondow comes round....lol......keep those wins coming, still 10 points in front of Spurs :)
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20/01/2008 15:50:00

He showed a good touch and control, played the simple passes, supported the ball well and had an eye for a space to run into. He also brought the best out of those around him. Class act no doubt.
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20/01/2008 17:06:00

we just need to keep hold of him...
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20/01/2008 17:43:00

yep, and we can only do that by keeping on moving forward, if we do that we will keep him - and other - and also attract even better players to what we have... if we could just get this striker that we are in need of the world could quite litterally be our lobster!
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20/01/2008 18:50:00

u know a player is quality when with his first touch he tackles someone, then rounds another easily and then plays a decent through ball to create an attack. and some of his ball control was amazing, one time the ball was flying over his head and he jumped up almost did the splits and controlled it. woah
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20/01/2008 19:02:00

With a bloke breaking up attacks like he did, it really frees up Mendes and Kranjcar to do the more creative stuff
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20/01/2008 19:24:00

Another HR diamond. The test will be against the Mancs & Chelski which will come very soon & how he works with Muntari & Diop? As for the long term, we'll worry about when it happens. No doubt come the summer there will be lots of ins & outs.
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20/01/2008 20:11:00

just need the striker now!
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20/01/2008 21:24:00

Why do we need a striker. Get 2 decent wingers and use the players we have in there correct, and best positions, and we have a great team.
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20/01/2008 22:27:00

not sure he will be working with diop tho tbh mate - if i was him i would be concened for my long term future... diop has done well, but ive always had this feeling that he was one of those 'stop gap' kind of signings? it probably will be diop, muntari and diarra but i would not rule out davis or mendes...
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20/01/2008 22:28:00

Diarra cost 3.5m more than what Arsenal paid for him though.
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20/01/2008 22:40:00

we need a striker, because, in my opinion, at fratton park, we cant scorwe goals. there are two ways to solve that, either you get a natural goalscorer, or you get a playmaker. well, actually there are 3 ways...you get both! we arnt going to get anyone in to replace kranjcar, and Utaka could be our winger, if he gets round to it - but we probably need someone who can just bang in the goals when we need them!
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20/01/2008 22:45:00

oh, and i like the current poll...just prooves my point ;-)
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20/01/2008 22:46:00

I couldn't care if he cost 7m more than Arsenal paid for him. He played ******** awesome and if he keep those performances up he'll be a star for us. I know the opposition was the greatest on Saturday but it's the little things that Diarra did which made other switch on and improve.
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20/01/2008 22:49:00

arsenal got him for a bargain as i think chelski had to sell him - they had no option... he is worth every penny of the 5m we paid for him and by the end of the season - if not before - his value will have soared to 10m!
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20/01/2008 22:52:00

speaking of polls carpet - if anyone has any fresh ideas can you submit them to me...
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20/01/2008 22:53:00

how much did chelsea pay for lassana, I would ask him, but his phones switched off.
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20/01/2008 23:05:00

If only there was an edit feature!
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20/01/2008 23:18:00

Pompeyrug:Utaka is far beter in the centre. He's not a great winger.We have a wealth of centre players who could be the strikers we need but won't be while they are played out of their best positions. Even if he isn't your choice Kewell or a decent winger would make a bigger difference to the team than another "striker".
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21/01/2008 06:39:00

but strikers score goal mate - and goals win games... weve had so many quality balls put into the middle recently but as we lack a striker with a strikers instinct nothing has come of it - i just feel with a real goalscorer in the box we will be flying...
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21/01/2008 09:53:00

Back to Diarra.. Inspired first game for Pompey .. his class was evident from within 15 minutes and if that's what he is like after one training session and not playing for a month I can't wait to see what is around the corner - If we get 12 months or 12 games out of him I'll be happy just to watch him play in a Pompey shirt...
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21/01/2008 19:16:00

He is a great signing for us and as said earlier it has given us another new player in the form of Mr Mendes who for the the first time in ages was able to shine and show us what he can do. Great position to be in now with all these midfielders, but where and who is Harry going to play once Diop, Muntari, Utaka and Davis are back, especially when he's going to have to revert to a 4-4-2 formation to accomodate Benji and Crouch (he will sign and make his debut this weekend I reckon) up front.
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22/01/2008 13:37:00

he couldnt make his debut this week even if he does sign mate - he's cup tied...
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22/01/2008 13:43:00


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