Date: 18th July 2007 at 8:50am
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Franck Songo’o came to Pompey from Barcelona a few years back with glowing reports under former boss Alain Perrin.

He did have a few games run as a substitute under Perrin before he was sacked, but has not had a look in at all under Harry Redknapp – not even in the carling cup. We saw a little of him during pre season for the 2006/07 season but that was your lot, as he went out on loan to Bournemouth and ended it with Preston.

Until the Yeovil friendly I had not seen the fella, but to come through a Barcelona set up that included Cesc Fabregas means you cannot be that bad can you? Developing as you grow is the key but for this you also need to have a chance don’t you.

He has only just turned 20, so he has plenty of time ahead of him and has already represented France at U19 level – despite being born in the Cameroon, with his father being the legendary Cameroonian keeper Jacques Songo’o.

He was said to have looked impressive during his run out in Kanu’s charity match at Fratton earlier this summer, but under my watching eye I was very impressed with him against Yeovil during his 2nd half showing recently. He also played against Havant last night and scored.

Charity and friendly matches are much different to a top-flight football, but even so is he not worth more of a look at during the 2007/08 season?

My thinking – and indeed worry – has often been that Songo’o could turn out to be another that suffers from the ‘you are not one of my boys’ treatment from Redknapp, as has been the case for pretty much every player that Perrin bought to the club.

A lot of the signings Perrin made – ill advised or not – were not that great but people like Brian Priske and John Viafara suffered this ‘Redknapp treatment’ as did highly rated young striker James Keene, who Perrin rated very highly, Redknapp did not and let him go, although Perrin did the same with Rowan Vine, Redknapp rated him Perrin did not – he left and scored bucket loads of goals for Luton.

Could Songo’o be another to slip the net – and maybe for reasons other than his footballing ability as mentioned, or can we look forward to seeing him play his part in Pompey’s future? Do we even think he is good enough – what is the feeling here fellas?

PLAY UP POMPEY!