Date: 7th May 2008 at 9:27am
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According to today’s Guardian Spurs fancy their chances of luring Lassana Diarra back to London this summer.

Spurs tried to sign him before we did, but Arsenal would not sell him to them so we got him in the end.

When he arrived he as near as admitted it would only be a ‘stop gap’. It was hard to swallow but it soon became apparent that you could see why, and we accepted this would be beneficial to both parties. I know he did not really show the patience that he should, and he is a classy player but you can see signs of why he was not retained by Chelski or Arsenal – he still has areas to work on, so why not do this here?

Spurs are a big club, and should without any doubt be higher in the league than they are, but the simple fact is that over the course of a season the table does not lie and Spurs are no further forward in their quest for ‘world domination’ now than they have ever been – well in fact they are well back – despite all the talk over the years, so moving to them will just be a sideways step – granted they will invest heavily, very, very heavily this summer but have they not been doing this for years and where has it got them…

For any of our players to leave for anyone others than ‘the big 4’ in this country is almost inexcusable for me these days, as we can offer as much, in many instance more, than most others nowadays.

If he leaves this summer I will be disappointed, but if it was for a United, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona or someone of that stature I would accept this more, but with all due respect to Spurs should he leave us to go to them he would go down in my estimations royally, and would probably become every inch that ‘mercenary’ Arsenal fans warned us he was…

He could move on again this summer but surely he needs a little stability in his career now, so would it really hurt him that much to stay for another season at least? See the light Diarra and lose your ‘littlest hobo’ tag for a while and settle down on the South Coast, even if it is just for another season…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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