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Nugent to stay with Pompey...

...that is what I am saying anyway - maybe I will be wrong but what the hell...

Dave Nugent is once again being linked with a move away from Pompey, and with the championship loan window opening at the end of this week several clubs are showing an interest.

Ipswich have been heavily 'linked', while his former club Preston have also admitted that they would be keen to take him back to the club, although they do not feel too confident about their chances.

To be honest I get tired of all the speculation surrounding the fella, he is not exactly 'young' young, but he is still young and is new to the top flight - and the step up is not as easy as people might think, particularly if you are not in the physical condition that is needed, as Nugent clearly was not.

He has gone away, had his hernia problem sorted out, he will be back in full training next week and as Jermain Defoe is cup tied, Kanu injured and in all fairness John Utaka is also badly out of form surely if we really do have ambitions to go far in this seasons FA cup we need to have him around?

As someone said earlier this week despite the fact that he could not drive himself at that point in time because of the surgery he had undergone he was the first player to arrive at Fratton Park last weekend when we faced Chelsea - do these sound like the actions of a fella that wants to leave? I think not!

Admittedly, he will have to go some to get in the side, but he keeps saying he is up for the battle, and can only learn from those around him. And my honest opinion is that the long term future would be very bright with him playing a part in it.

By his own admission he has not had the best of times with Pompey so far, but as I keep constantly saying I feel he has a very bright future ahead of him and still do feel it will be here... although we all know with Pompey you can never tell what might happen!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2008

Time: 11:37AM

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If he did go on loan, to say Ipswich. He'd get fit, score a few goals, prove his worth at that level again, he may take them up, his value restored & we sell him. Everyone is happy. to the deluded Pompey who think he will make it, how long do you want to wait. if we can attract proven quality in defoe & baros, then no doubt we can do it again. We trying to cement ourselves into the top 10 we have no time for sentiment, otherwise we would still have Benji, Matty & GON. Nugent seemed a good gamble at the time but the time has changed.
storagematt
Why would he go to a Championship club.? The only way to prove he is Premiership class is to play in a Premiership team.He has to take his chance when it comes and learn fron top players. "Suround yourself with 2nd best and you will become 2nd best; surround yourself with the best and you will become the best" A slight play on a Dale Carnegie saying but it is still true.
frattonaussie
True aussie, he can score goals in the Championship, he has proved that season after season, what he needs is to score goals in the Big Boys League, and to do that he needs to be in the squad, on the bench and in the team. There is nothing to be gained from him going out on loan.
Owenspompey
he should stay at pompey as we are not graced with loads of attackers especially with anymore injuries and if he does not cut it sell him in the summer and use the money to bid for crouch?
knocker
I agree Frattonaussie, the only point I can see in him going on loan would be for Premiership experience - and we may well need him around in the cup. I don't agree with selling him in the summer, I think he's one for next season and always has been (much as Benji was last season). So obviously we'll wait till he starts scoring hat-tricks next season and then sell him to one of our UEFA cup rivals!
tracyc
sorry matt, i must be 'deluded' as i still firmly believe that he has the makings of a top class footballer, you say about 'giving him time' in all fairness how much time has he really been given? i think tracy is right tbh he is one for the future and i still believe that should we keep him this future would be bright with defoe and baros...
pompeyrug
...on the other hand if 'arry has made his mind up and he is going then loaning him out in order to see him scoring again and possibly keep his value up would make it worth while, other than that it is pointless sending him out on loan - unless we did this for 1 month, and 1 month only to get him match fit again, but i cannot see any championship team agree to this kind or agreement, they will want all or nothing...
pompeyrug
The Nugent saga is a fiasco. A reported 6 million for a player who has never been considered first team material. He has been treated badly, but stuck to his task. Vital debate support has been nearly 100% Nugent positive. Another player mystery.
007
I'm deluded because I think he'll come good. Winning goal to take us to the Cup Final?!!! You heard it here first!
NinjaTim
Once everyone is healthy Nuge will not get many chances to play up front and I think that a Championship loan would not be a bad idea. When strikers lose their feel for scoring goals they're in the dumps, going to a Championship team would restore his scoring touch and since I dont doubt that he has made improvements since coming over it will carry over to his Premiership form. There are few Premiership teams who can offer him steady play, therefore its useless to loan him to a Premiership team, and Championship play is surely better than playing on the reserves.
whitestones
Ninja Tim.. I've beaten you already I'm affriad although I think I predicted the winning goal agast Scummers in the semi-final !! - I think we've all summed it up .. He doesn't need to prove himself in the coca cola league he's a premiership striker at a premiership club and he should stay and fight for his place .. a loan move is a backward step.. If he went and scored week in week out for .. say Preston what would it prove other than he can score in the championship ... which we know already..
Chix
Rug, even if HR has decided to sell him, loaning him out to a Championship club would be sending out the message " he's not good enough for the premiership but he is OK in the Championship" What price will they get for him then? I just get the feeling that HR is going to keep him with the eventual intent of playing him alongside Defoe.
frattonaussie
I did say 'prove his worth at that level again'. Glad it started a few different opinions.
storagematt
well 'arry has said that he is staying anyway... which is music to my ears - hopefully this proves the case.
pompeyrug
Totally agree Rug, loan him out if necessary to get his match fitness up and then have him back on the bench in case of injury or suspension. He is young and hasn't proved himself yet in the Premiership, but once you are able to put a ball between those white sticks and he can do that, its only a matter of time when it happens in the big boys league. As has been pointed out Benji despite all his efforts last year took ages to get his first goal and look at him now. Potentially as a goal scorer Nuggit is better, but we will just have to see. The guy just needs a fair crack not just a few cameo appearances and the odd cup game.
blarmy
 

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