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Who will fill the 'long' boots of Peter Crouch?



Since Tottenham's manager and their little striker showed interest, it seems that Crouch is off before we play Fulham, in few weeks time. This leaves Pompey without a top class striker, as I am assuming that Kanu, Nugent and Utaka cannot fit this description. However, someone has to come in instead. And who will that be?

I am 100% sure, like most of the fans and himself, that Benjani will be back to Fratton, as recently, Hull declared that they do not have any interest in the Pompey Hero. Hughes is willing to offload him, and it seems more and more that Benji needs a club to play for. And that will be Portsmouth, in which will be the first signing of the new era. Do I like this idea? More than I like the idea that I am a Pompey fan. But why? Here I will list some of the positives why Benjani is able to fill the 'long' boots of Peter Crouch.

1 - It is obvious, that this coming season we need players who really are committed to the Pompey cause. And Benjani, will be highlighting this requirement.

2 - It is obvious, that this coming season we need a quality striker that has experience in the Premier League with a goal scoring record on his CV, that can play upfront either in a 442 or a 451 formation. Benjani, has done this before, and at Pompey.

3 - It is obvious, that this coming season we need something, or someone that will lift us the fans, giving us some optimism and faith. Benjani, can do that; whenever he scores, he simply says: "I love you, I love you and I love you all" Does he mean that? I am very positive about this too. Isn't that a great feeling for a fan?

On the negative side of things, Benjani had some injuries lately, but who doesn't? Bringing Benjani back is very similar to Manchester signing Owen - both are players who had horrible seasons, want to make that up, commit themselves, and above all, prove their worth to their previous managers/critics who lost faith in them. It is a gamble, true, but for a mere 2, I would get him in straight away.

Another striker will be needed, but before we ever think of anyone else, we have to bring back Benjani. Most will not agree with this article, but Benjani deserves a home, his home, and that is somewhere alongside the South Coast.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Date:Tuesday July 21 2009

Time: 9:38AM

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I'm in two minds, firstly he did such an awesome job first time round I'd love him to come back. But second, I don't want to ruin that perception of him. He's had a few injuries and didn't feature much, I'd be worried he would spend to much time on the physio bench or he wouldn't be as sharp as before.
Bowlsey
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21/07/2009 10:02:00

I am not greedy, perhaps Torres could come in and help us out. He's a young lad and can play a bit HA HA
blarmy
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21/07/2009 10:09:00

For a mere 2 I'd buy him too...
MKYid
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21/07/2009 10:19:00

Perhaps we can get Darren Bent from Spurs? Scored double figures for them last season and looks to be out of favour there....
Bowlsey
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21/07/2009 10:28:00

I agree with darren bent,and benjani,the outlay wouldnt be that much as it could be tied in with the crouch deal,crouch is still under contract so we have a bit of a bargaining tool there and we all know twitchygob wants him aswell.I think crouch plus 2 million for bent,and 2 million for benjani would be great buisness,the yids turned down a 14 million bid for bent last week so it could be a goer.
JASON R
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21/07/2009 10:47:00

in two minds. We should never have sold him - but should we go back? i think his physical condition has deteriorated since he left - perhaps it would improve if he came back, but he simply hasn't looked the same player since we sold him.
pompeycarpet
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21/07/2009 11:12:00

However, we need 4 top strikers. Still amazed we are letting Crouch go!!!
storagematt
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21/07/2009 12:11:00

Heart say's yes...Head say's no. We need someone who can put at least 15 goals a season in the net. Reading between the lines I don't think we can afford Bent unless as Jason say's, a deal can be struck with Crouchie. And I've got a feeling that cash is already spoken for.
cornypomp
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21/07/2009 12:28:00

Crouch hasn't gone yet.. That's If he is 'going'. Good thing about Benji is he can actually run without falling over, and actually control the ball. I agree with Darren Bent. Surely we'd be able to afford him now that DR SAF has taken over? Maybe even Pavly..
.Andrew.
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21/07/2009 14:48:00

Benjani would be great but i think it would be more sensible to take him on loan given his age and recent injuries.
tommo3146
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21/07/2009 16:41:00

 

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