Window of opportunity? Not for Pompey it wasn't
By Site reporter
Monday 31 Jan 2011 22:41:00
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Transfer deadline days have got progressively quieter for Pompey in the past couple of years. But this one wasn’t just quiet – it was a complete non-event.

The days of big names being chased, bought, sold or retained on the final day of January appear long gone – and while many fans will be quite heartened Pompey are no longet throwing cash around like confetti, as some clubs have done, others will be worried at what the rest of the season holds.


Although the dust has not quite settled on the transfer window’s closure just yet, it seems the only late-in-the-month ‘addition’ to the Pompey ranks is defender Tal Ben Haim, who has not joined West Ham on the permanent deal that looked likely at one time and who will now, we assume, be available to Steve Cotterill.

The Israeli would on the face of it seem a useful addition to a defence who have not exactly been performing at the top of their game this season.

The other main Pompey line of deadline day concerned a defender who they wanted but who went elsewhere – Liverpool’s Paul Konchesky.

He would have been a useful addition to the squad for left-back has been a problem position for Cotterill all season but the ex-West Ham man has instead gone to Nottingham Forest – amid suggestions Pompey’s financial restrictions prevented them tying up the deal.

The only other name that some reports linked with a Pompey bid was Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was interesting a number of clubs – though it would seem a bit beyond Pompey to have made a serious bid for the Manchester City winger.

A major concern for Pompey fans will be the club’s inability or unwillingness to spend at least some of the fee and wage-bill reduction brought about by John Utaka’s departure on a replacement for him.

Given that Utaka was one of the few players to have found his scoring touch recently, the concern will be over where the goals will come from.

The first test for the post-January Pompey, one who have work to do to claw away from the relegation zone, comes at QPR on Tuesday night.

It would be unfair to assess their chances of survival on a trip to the home of the leaders but what is for sure is that if Pompey don’t start to turn around their form soon, fans will look back at this transfer window and ask major questions about how serious the owners are when they say they want to stabilise PFC.

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