Vital Football

Gekas, another Saviola?

Gekas, another Saviola?
After examining the situation, I can suggest that it was another Adams' fiasco, and therefore we should add it to the dissertation entitled: 'Tony Adams, The Collection of Tragedy Dramas', which were written while he had Pompey under his reigns.

The reason why I am adding this new chapter is because he brought in Gekas instead of Saviola, only because, at least we were given the impression, the Real Madrid's 'rabbit' was not match-fit, and Portsmouth needed someone who can fit in directly. Adams said that Saviola does not know the English game as he hasn't played it before, and wasn't ready to take the risk to get him in and embark a negative impact.

So then he opted for Gekas, a Greek who enjoyed his last Bundesliga experience sitting on a cold German subs' bench watching others playing rather then getting the match practice, the match fitness that has suggested the Portsmouth transfer.

So, the questions are these: 'Was he, or wasn't he fit to come in and make a direct impact?' Why did Adams expect that Gekas can settle in England and Saviola could not have made it?

Well, some might argue that Gekas did make a huge impact, of course he did ... making a fool out of himself and trying to disrespect the man who is now preoccupied with Pompey matters, Paul Hart.

Whatever the answers might be, Gekas isn't any fit to play very soon. This is what it seems like. Is Gekas another Saviola then?

Written by Pompey Malta.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate
Vital Pompey - FSF

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday March 24 2009
Time: 6:37PM

Comments

0
good article PompeyMalta, and a good point well made...
i do not want to start rounding on TA now that he has gone but the whole 'we only want players that can come in and make a imediate impact' and 'players with premier league experience' nonesense, seems exactly that now, complete nonesense... pele, gekas and to an extent basinas have come in and have they made an instant impact? did any have premier league experience - no!
for me the truth with saviola and dos santos (who was fit enough for mexico and ipswich but not us) for that matter is that we could not afford the wages, or transfer fees could we, my cynical opinion at the time was that these were big name players that we had no intention of signing but linking to them raised our profile alittle, the handling of the dos santos deal was shocking and must have left other players thinking 'yea right will i go there to be made to look a fool of'...
pompeyrug
24/03/2009 18:43:00
0
i think the reason we didn't get saviola, was becuase he didn't want to come. Any other excuses were just that. excuses.
pompeycarpet
24/03/2009 18:47:00
0
Gekas will never play in a blue shirt. End of. He doesn't fit our style of play that well, besides which, if the stories drummed up about him having a paddy are to be believed, I don't think I could cope with another 'poison dwarf' on our hands. Best to ship him back to Greece, cut our losses nd admit it was a mistake. I don't know how true this is, but I heard that Adams selected Gekas after he saw a 3 minute video of him in action. No scouts. No trials. Nothing.
powered_by_pies
24/03/2009 19:15:00
0
Very very true rug...
Pompey Malta
24/03/2009 19:21:00
0
I wrote sometime ago that no Greek had ever scored for Pompey. Obviously Paul Hart read that and banished the two Greeks to the corner where they just sit and chat together ignoring all around them.
eastneydave
24/03/2009 20:04:00
0
I maintain my belief that none of the winter signings had anything to do with Adams. As Rug says, the winter window was all about smoke and mirrors, and when you think about Pompey and Smoke & Mirrors, who's the first person who comes to mind? Exactly.
PhilTaglia
24/03/2009 21:07:00
0
Who's to blame for signing him isn't important. Whats important is that Gekas is here and what to do with him. His attitude stinks. At the best of times, if you want to pull on a Pompey shirt, then you have to have commitment and passion and the desire to work hard and 'die' for the cause. Now isn't the best of times, we're in a relegation scrap and we need (and thankfully have) that commitment from our players all the more than ever. There's no place for this spoiled idiot who refuses to prove himself. The likes of Nugent and Davis have spent ages in the reserves, proving themselves and now have well-deserved places in the first team because they give their all. Apparently Hart offered to drive to Stoke to watch him play in the reserves, because he needs to see him play. Gekas's response was 'watch my DVD'. Send him home. As for the Greek national manager trying to tell the Pompey manager who to pick in his first team - there's only one response to that, and the second word is 'off'.
tracyc
24/03/2009 21:29:00
0
Phil, who are you thinking of, cos no-body spring sto mind with these signings to me.???
pompey4me
24/03/2009 21:48:00
0
peter 'smoke and mirrors' storrie ofc lol and good article malta well put
pompeym@
25/03/2009 00:57:00
0
I dont think Storrie does a bad job. He has had to contenc to Milan v redknapp, Redknapp v FA, Post redknapp Era 1, and Post Redknapp era 2, SPoilt brats like Defoe, qand gekas, and try to keep Pompey afloat by balancing books, while appeizing fans that dont always give anyone a fair crack before slating them. Dont get me wrong the majority of Fans do have patience, but of the vocal fans, the majority only see doom and gloom at every hurdle, every corner, every cross roads. What will be, will be, and we will be there regardless, so anistead of looking for someone to blame, and someone to slate, we should just revel in the good times, and lick our wounds in the bad, There is no need to point fingers and blame, the media do a good enough job of that without any need for Pompey fans to fan their flames. Sorry, Rant over :-) PuP
Midge
25/03/2009 09:50:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Will Irish eyes be smiling?

Pompey will hope Irish eyes can indeed be smiling for former Aston Villa left back Enda Stevens with a call up to the Republic of Ireland squad coming as a Blues player.

On this day in history...25th April

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 25th April.

More Reliable Than A League 2 Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League Two positions for 2016/17.

2016-17 Pompey Player of the Year?

I think we've seen some very good performances from Pompey players this season with the consistency of them, unlike the Blues' form at times, unwavering.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cambridge MotM
Suggested By:
Forde6%
Evans0%
Whatmough18%
Clarke1%
Stevens5%
Opoku Aborah62%
Doyle1%
Baker0%
Naismith2%
Bennett4%
Kabamba0%
Sub-Chaplin0%
Sub-Lowe0%
Sub-Roberts1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Doncaster 44 25 10 9 85 33
P Plymouth 44 25 8 11 83 24
P Portsmouth 44 24 9 11 81 33
4 Luton 44 18 17 9 71 22
5 Exeter 44 20 8 16 68 18
6 Blackpool 44 17 16 11 67 22
7 Stevenage 44 20 6 18 66 7
8 Mansfield 44 17 14 13 65 5
9 Wycombe 44 18 11 15 65 4
10 Carlisle 44 16 17 11 65 -1
11 Cambridge 44 18 9 17 63 7
12 Colchester 44 17 12 15 63 6
13 Accrington 44 16 14 14 62 3
14 Grimsby 44 17 10 17 61 -2
15 Barnet 44 13 15 16 54 -6
16 Notts County 44 15 8 21 53 -22
17 Crewe 44 13 13 18 52 -11
18 Morecambe 44 14 9 21 51 -18
19 Crawley 44 13 11 20 50 -16
20 Yeovil 44 11 16 17 49 -13
21 Cheltenham 44 11 14 19 47 -16
22 Newport 44 11 12 21 45 -22
23 Hartlepool 44 10 13 21 43 -21
R Leyton Orient 44 10 6 28 36 -36
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
May 6 2017 5:30PM : Cheltenham Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug89
2.PompeyFrippy37
3.storagematt33
4.eastneydave30
5.Copnor4322
6.stubbsy00718
7.FrattonBlue17
8.uspompeyfan16
9.pompeyweller11
10.Jimsmithswig10
Write for Vital Football