Not sure if this feeling is shared by others?
But is the pride and passion of wearing not only the club shirt but also the once sought after chance and honour to wear the three lions shirt, now a thing of the past.
Player’s wages are at such a high level now; it appears that their over inflated egos expect the club to owe them and not the other way round. Every now and then you get a lad who comes up through the ranks ala Gary O’Neil, and the likes of Linvoy who are passionate about their club and would/will give 110% week in and week out. I am not saying that all our team don’t give their all every week, but I do get the feeling that some who clearly have an ability such as Utaka just don’t turn up at times and should they ‘walk’ as well as they ‘talk’ then they would be giving back to the club a little of the faith that the manager put in them in the first place in ‘allowing them the honour of wearing our crest upon the shirt’.
Its not just our team as every club have players who are as fickle as you like, and I guess that is just the way it is now a days, but I think its great that players such as Giggs and Scholes are Red through and through and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else other than be at Utd, alright the argument is that if you are playing for arguably the best club in Europe then why would you want to leave, but that’s is dedication for you.
I know it’s easy to say and I’m sure we all have kids, grand kids that want to play for Pompey. I know my lad who is an Under 11 right back, would stick the number 2 shirt on now and play for Pompey for nothing, that’s all he wants to do. When asked about what he wants to do when he leaves school, he replies well “that’s obvious Dad” I will have a bit of a problem when his dream in all probability will not be realised but it is that kind of passion that the majority of current pros don’t now have.
I am sure players will argue that they are 100% loyal and give 100% week in and week out, but come a call from a perceived bigger club, then they would be off like a flash.
Written by blarmy.
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