Date: 23rd October 2006 at 11:06am
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What Do We Need In January?

Harry Redknapp has been quoted as saying that we don`t need any players in January. That was refreshing to hear at the time as he always seems to want more players. This article however, doesn`t agree.

Goalkeepers

At first this may sound stupid but? we may have to buy a goalkeeper. Jamie Ashdown has spoke of his frustration at not having anything to do on Saturdays, which saw him loaned out to Norwich for a month. Dean Kiely isn`t getting younger and I, like many others, expect Deano to hand in a transfer request come January. That would leave Pompey with David James and Jamie Ashdown (presuming he doesn`t hand in a transfer request) another keeper would then be required.

Defenders

YES!!! Portsmouth have a fantastic back four, many would disagree. We have only conceded five goals in nine games which is unheard of for Pompey. We don`t have any depth in the defence though. Is the cover we have, good enough anyway? Pamarot was given the run around by Robben. We still need a left-back in my eyes and a centre back that could cover at right-back. If the Chelsea game wasn`t enough evidence that we need strengthening at the back, then how about the fact that the reserves have lost their last two matches 5-0.

Midfielders

We have loads of midfielders but I think Harry messed up a bit in this department. We have so many centre midfielders; Gary O`Neil, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes and Manuel Fernandes. Out of those; only Gary O`Neil and possible Richard Hughes can play in wide positions. Down the left Kranjcar and Matt Taylor can both play and on the right Gary O`Neil and David Thompson compete. There is still Korroman and Douala who can play in wide positions. We will at some point in the future need a couple of quality wingers although not this January.

Strikers

We`ll we have enough of these. Kanu and Benjani have won best partnership with 42% of the votes but that is one of eight possible partnerships that harry can choose from. Kanu has been scoring for fun so far this season but will it continue? Benjani is working as hard as ever but will he ever get 15 goals a season? Andy Cole looks like he will be used as a super sub for most of the year, can he score ten goals doing that? Lua Lua looks like his minds else where at the moment and has never been known for scoring loads. Basically at some point Pompey will need to buy a goal scorer, one that can play 90 minutes preferable. I love Kanu to bits but if he scorers twenty goals this year I will eat my hat!

January Signings

-Another Goalkeeper (if) either Jamie or Kiely leave
– A left back and a right back (one needs to be able to play centre back as well)

Long Term Signings

– Two quality wingers (one left one right)
– A proven 20 goal a season striker

Do you agree with my assessment of what Pompey need to become regular European contenders?