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Rocha's reluctance sparks Blue revolution

Following revelations of Ricardo Rocha 'taking his time' over a move to Fratton Park, questions have been raised as to what shape the squad will be in come the close of the transfer window on September 1.

Pompey have to meet a Football League players' quota of 20 first-team staff in order to participate in the division, which at present currently is made up of usual faces from last season, as well as a number of youth prospects all earning their spurs with a stint in the Npower Championship.

The likes of Matt Ritchie, Joel Ward and Nadir Ciftci have all played a large part in Portsmouth's opening two games of the season, with Dutch-born Ciftci bagging himself two goals, including one on his full debut away at Stevenage in the first round of the Carling Cup.

With Ricardo Rocha still undecided as to where his future lies, it strikes me that 'honest' Steve Cotterill is only willing to allow players to don the famous blue shirt if they are committed to the club, and the cause. This, for me, is the right attitude to take for a club with its back against the wall, with more battles to win than just on-field affairs.

Previous similar cases include the likes of Stephen Jordan, who chose a move to Sheffield United on the eleventh hour of the transfer, as well as Anthony Vanden Borre, who spent last season on loan at the Blues, who himself rejected the move, preferring a new challenge in his career.

These decisions cannot be assumed as fault of the management team (which I have seen evidence of from some supporter-based message boards) as if a player isn't willing to play for the shirt, then personally I'd rather we used a youth player that, even though they may not be ready for this league, would still give their all for the team.

With eleven full days still left of the transfer window, it's still unknown as to how many players will be willing to join the club, with moves for goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan and former Stoke forward Dave Kitson still on, but one thing forever remains certain.

If players aren't willing to play for the badge - why let them?

Written by Dan Brett.

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.

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Date:Saturday August 21 2010

Time: 6:45AM

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Absolutely agree - its so refreshing to see young kids like Ritchie, Ward and Pack (I think?) who are local lads and love the club - so they're inexperienced and likely to make errors. . I think we can all live with that if they're prepared to give their all for the cause. And conversley, that's why we're all so hacked off with Utaka! If the player doesn't want to be here, bye bye. That applies to the likes of Defoe just as much as it applies to the likes of Rocha.
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21/08/2010 09:50:00

Quite happy with this approach, I would rather see my Season Ticket money go to people that put in the minimum required 100% each game, on top of their commitment to training, community activities etc. Play for the shirt and the club or play for somebody else.......easy!
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21/08/2010 11:37:00

Isn't kitson nugent with orange hair? Do we really need one in brown and one in orange?
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21/08/2010 11:43:00

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21/08/2010 12:33:00

Stoke City seconds, rather that than some other clubs...i think we will be alright... i predict another trip tp new wembley...League cup..maybe, Fa cup doubt it...Playoffs then.
plymouth graham
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21/08/2010 12:37:00

It is a pity that more managers don't react in the same manner when players don't give unconditional loyalty to the club.
SFC Forever
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21/08/2010 13:17:00

100% behind Cotterill and you, Dan.
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21/08/2010 15:53:00

why is kanu still being offered a three yes three contract. get rid of him he's never really wanted to play for us. i'm fed up with this we've got 1 point from three games he could have made the difference if him was interested in the club but his not so go somewhere else. lets offer benjani the chance to come back has the club spoken to him i'd think his a much better option and would create more chances for the other up front and might get a goal or two himself at this level
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23/08/2010 11:24:00

is the lack of a strike partner for Nuge and an experienced creative midfielder worrying anyone else? It's a different league to the one we last went up from - SOOoooo much harder - but I think Harry's tactic of having an old experienced QUALITY creative head on the pitch works... time on the ball, control the tempo, create plenty of openings for guys like Nuge (who appear to need A LOT of chances).
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