Date: 26th February 2011 at 8:44am
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When Ritchie de Late first arrived I would admit that I thought he would have NO CHANCE of having a long-term future with Manyoo…

His opening games were not great, and he almost strutted around as if he was ‘the big man’ as he played for such a big club, the improvement has been top class though, both in terms of attitude from the player and actual performance on the pitch.

Whilst he is starting to look a quality footballer I am not convinced, lets not get carried away now, that he will ever be a regular 1st team player at Old Trafford, although if he continues his improvement and can carry on playing like he is then I could see him doing a ‘John O’Shea’ and being a regular squad player that will be used.

An article on The Pompey Site was titled something like ‘De Laet: We’re Flying Now’, we certainly are getting there but he most definitely is flying himself and more of the same will see him catch Fergie’s eye I am sure.

He reminds me a lot of Billy Belhadj, but with a far greater defensive discipline not to mention better discipline all-round without the suspect temperament.

A partnership on the right with David Cotterill is starting to gel already. Its all about partnerships and getting these right in all areas, and on the flanks we are starting to yield some profit, long may this continue.

The most disappointing thing, as things stand, is that we will lose both players at the end of the season, that is unless Manyoo decide to let us loan de Laet again next season and/or funds can be found to bring in Cotterill, who I would imagine we could bring in for a ‘smallish’ amount should Swansea decide to sell?

Yep, de Laet is most definitely flying and long may this continue!

I would also not be writing off a ‘wonder goal’ before he leaves in the summer, be that one that he starts a move and then gets in or around the box to finish or one where he waltzes his way through with a stunning solo effort…

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