After scoring a goal for his country, Gekas became an instant hero.
Many articles on the net suggested that Gekas is better than Nugent, even if the latter wasn’t mentioned by his name.
That same night, goal.com, in particular, attacked Pompey’s boss Paul Hart in an article titled ‘Greece’s Gekas answers his Portsmouth’s Critics’.
In the same match, another Pompey player has proved that he can play; he can lead and can be creative. No doubt, and this is Basinas. But should Basinas play instead of Mullins or Davis?
It is entirely true that Gekas has a lot of talent; can run, can score, can be sharp, and can play a whole match. But does this match should be the end for Nugent. Of course not. Although the Greek is willing to play, Nugent, on the other hand is the man to be on the field.
Considering that Nuge plays for the club, the fans and for our safety, and also considering that Gekas won’t be at the South Coast coming August, I rather play Nugent, with all his limitations rather than the Greek, especially after insulting Paul Hart over childish matters. This should automatically underline my call for Nugent over Gekas.
When it comes to Basinas being preferred over Mullins or Davis, I can also answer with the same manner, ‘English, no Greeks please’. Although we have seen Basinas playing exciting, creative and clever football and above all showing his leadership skills over the years, the Greek can never be the same playing for Portsmouth. First of all, he can hardly speak English, and that means that he cannot lead the team. Besides that, Davis, is showing some excellent football and is proving that he is a very very good holding midfielder. This is why Bolton and other clubs are constantly looking after him. Although it is evident that Davis seems to be heading somewhere else after this season, he still gives everything for the club, and Portsmouth can only benefit out of this. Basinas can never fit in and be a Davis, even if the Greek might be 10 times better.
Looking back at the Everton match, both Davis and Nugent played a very good game, and Portsmouth started looking good recently, without Basinas and Gekas.
Written by Pompey Malta.
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