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Who Scores 37 in 41?

Who Scores 37 in 41?
Every transfer that happens in football is in a way a gamble. In recent history of Portsmouth Football Club, we have seen many gambles taken, and many have proved to be flops: Theo Gekas, David Nugent, John Utaka, Milan Baros and the list goes on and on.

In this delicate time, Portsmouth's manager Steve Cotterill has to take risks when it comes to transfers.

A 100% gamble, would be Matt Tubbs. This player's name has surfaced some time or another and if not mistaken, was also linked with Pompey. Tubbs, 26, plays for Crawley Town and featured in the well-known 5th round FA Cup tie against Manchester United and almost scored with an overhead kick. Although Tubbs has played the majority of his career in the Conference National League (Crawley have just been promoted), there is no doubt that he has the scoring instinct, our strikers have been lacking.

In the season 2009/10, playing for Salisbury City he scored 26 goals in 42 appearances. Last season, in 41 appearances, he scored 37. Awesome goal-scoring record, isn't it? That makes it to just over 90% chance of scoring when he takes the field!

Crawley Town bought Tubbs in July 2010 for a record-fee believed to be of around £70,000. If CSI can come up with the funds (£85,000, maybe?) to lure the goal maniac away from Crawley, we'd have a decent striker who at least scores goals.

Just to answer your question before you ask it, we'd never know if Tubbs could cut it out at this level unless a Championship team gives him this opportunity. We have seen too many flops at Fratton Park, so it's either a matter of adding another one to the list, or signing an unknown player who would give us goals in return!

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Writer:Pompey Malta
Date:Tuesday June 21 2011
Time: 9:44AM

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I think it might take a little more than £85,000 to prise him away from Crawley but worth a punt I'd agree .. although I'd prefer not to hang our hat on an unproven (at our level) player .. much rather pay a little more and get somebody who can already has a track record (at this level) to speak of... but players have to start somewhere and somebody will give him a chance .. so why not us .. one of our all time legends (Guy Whittingham) was a cheap punt.. and look how many goals he scored for us !
Chix
21/06/2011 10:18:00
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Let's go get him. Can't lose to be honest? Even if he was rubbish and kept the bench warm, it would be less than we pay some of the better know players, who may still only keep the bench warm.
Midge
21/06/2011 10:25:00
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Midge are you offering the £87,000 it would take to get him? Why can't we lose? If he doesn't make it Pompey has wasted £87k that they are not likely to get back, the kids value is in being a prospect.
russellm
21/06/2011 10:29:00
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Malta, Gekas wasn't a major gamble, having Paul Harte as his manager was, Gekas queried the managers radek sand why he had been brought to Pompey for such negative play. We now know the Greek was right, the Greek by the way went on to be a consistent goal scorer when he left Pompey, as he was before he arrived.
russellm
21/06/2011 10:32:00
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radek sand of course = negative style = damn that iphone
russellm
21/06/2011 10:34:00
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Didn't we already have a Tubbs up front called Collins Msuemba?
PompeyFrippy
21/06/2011 10:43:00
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dunno he is 26 so not exactly a young prospect... but 37 in 41 in league 2 isn't exactly to be sniffed at. And i would agree with Russellm on Gekas the guy wasn't a flop the manager was!
pompeym@
21/06/2011 10:58:00
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totally agree with chixy's point, would much rather take a gamble and be able to pay far less in wages to someone unproven like tubbs - who would be hungry to take his chance - than shell out £15,000 p/w or so to someone 'proven' that has the 'hunger' like kitson!
pompeyrug
21/06/2011 11:05:00
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Wasn't there a player at Farnborough Town that we were looking at earlier? I'm gonna have to go and try and work it out.
sneakay
21/06/2011 11:13:00
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I believe it was Bradley Bubb, and he came and had a trial with us. He has recently signed for Aldershot though after his just over 1 in 2 goal scoring record.
sneakay
21/06/2011 11:16:00
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