Date: 1st September 2008 at 5:54pm
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The first name to leave Pompey today is not a name, with due respect to him, that will worry us that much to be honest as this person is Jean-Francis Christophe.

I read a week or so back that he was on trial with Southend, and apparently following this successful spell he has joined them on loan for a month, which will probably be extended…

The Frenchman, who signed for us last summer after a successful trial with us during pre-season has told the Southend Site that he is pleased to join them and going out to play some 1st team football is what Harry Redknapp wanted for him: ‘I am happy to find a club to go on loan to for a couple of months and play some football

‘I think Southend is a good team to enjoy playing at and to show what I can do on the pitch.

‘Last season was my first year in England and I learnt a lot about the game.

‘Harry Redknapp has said to me that he sees me as a holding midfielder and that this is the best way for me to develop.’

This is a good move, as the only way Christophe will ever develop as a player is by playing 1st team football, as this is much better than playing at a reserve team level. I would still be surprised if we ever saw him become a regular in the Pompey side though to be honest, but you never know…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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