Our Next 'Johnson'
I still find it very hard to believe that Johnson wanted to move to a top team just to secure the England right back position. Although Pompey were fighting for a place in the Premier League, the guy managed to impress everyone, including Mr. Capello who seems to have no preference to players coming from the top clubs over others coming from the lower half of the table. Giving that Capello is going to remain the same person next season, Johnson would have remained in his team if playing for Pompey.
Unfortunately, the chances that Johnson will shine next season are not as high as if he remained with Pompey and this can be tricky. However, out of respect for a Pompey Great, I look forward for the success Johnson will have at Liverpool.
Looking back at the void Portsmouth now have, some mentioned that Cranie has it all to prove himself in Johnson's vacant position at Pompey. This was also sustained by the player himself and Vital Pompey's site Poll.
This might happen, as if the guy plays some football like he is doing in Sweden with the Young Lions, he might be in for a great season. However, I do not think that Cranie can be our next Johnson next season. Cranie can be a very handy option for whoever will be Pompey manager as a substitute, but not to go directly into the first XI. This leaves Pompey to look elsewhere.
As the Confederations Cup goes on with all its disappointments and surprises, I have found what could be the perfect replacement for Johnno in South Africa's Siboniso Gaxa.
Since it has been said that South Africa's captain, Mokoena has joined Pompey, and this raised a few eyebrows among the fans, I grabbed the opportunity to look at his credentials while playing for the Bafana Bafana before stating my verdicts. But, I ended up admiring their right back.
Siboniso Gaxa, 25, plays his club football in South Africa with Mamelowdi Sundowns and has impressed since joining them last season from Super Sport United. Gaxa plays as right back for the national team regularly and occasionally, if the need arises he can play as centre back or even as a holding midfielder. His pace is incredible and has a 100% work rate. Giving that he can also be deployed as centre back means that the guy has defensive techniques, but seeing him playing in the right flank at the Confederations Cup also proved that he has attacking instincts, eagerness to shoot, go round the opponents' left back and cross into the box.
His massive performance against Brazil in the Confed's semi final, has given me the opportunity to dream that there might be another Johnson around that can fit in perfectly in the Portsmouth's team without costing too much since he plays his football nowhere in Europe. The only risk would be if he can make it in the Premiership.
I dare to dream to replace Johnno, and now that we have seen the talented Gaxa, Portsmouth has an opportunity to bring in our next Johnson. I hope Storrie isn't too busy dealing with Al Fahim and not following the Confederations Cup!
Written by Pompey Malta.
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