Date: 12th January 2011 at 5:31pm
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Whilst I have made little secret of the fact that I am not overly keen for Tal Ben Haim to return to Pompey, because I think that he is (a) not that good and (b) massively overpaid – granted not his fault, that fact that he has NOT returned to training with Pompey yet completely wrong.

Ok, West Ham ‘might’ extend his loan, but the fact of the matter is his loan spell with them has ended and as such surely he should return to training with Pompey, right?

I can only assume that we are paying his £38,000 per week wages now, if we were not – at least a large amount – during his loan with West Ham anyway, so as such he SHOULD be in training with us now!

If Mikey Brown and Richard Hughes, who are ‘highly unlikely’ to play for us again, are still training with us – and rightly so if we are still paying their wages – then Ben Haim should be doing likewise.

It will be interesting to see what happens if a loan extension, or permanent move, is not arranged by the weekend as he ‘should’ then become part of the 1st team squad that takes on Forest. If he has not returned to training by the end of this week or next week, assuming a deal has not been agreed, and we are still paying him then I give up!

With Avram Grant getting a ‘stay of execution’ with West Ham, apparently, then this would increase Ben Haim’s chances of extending his stay with West Ham too but what would be most interesting to find out is if Pompey actually are paying his wages at the moment?

If so then why has he not been ordered back to training yet, move pending or not!

I guess I must end by saying that I have no physical proof that the Israeli is not training with us, I am just going on what The News said about him not back with us yet…

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