On this day: Fans’ favourite prepared to quit Portsmouth

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On this day in 2007, Matt Taylor admitted for the first time he was considering his Pompey future.

The fans’ favourite had not started a Premier League game since the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal two months previous.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

And he had been reduced to a supporting role from the substitutes’ bench during the Blues’ impressive unbeaten run.

But the former Luton man had become frustrated at his lack of action and hinted he might be forced to look elsewhere for first-team football.

Taylor told The News: ‘I love nothing more than seeing Portsmouth win but I can’t help feeling frustrated at my own lack of playing opportunities.

‘This season is proving to be a difficult one and it’s getting to a point where I’ve got to play football.

‘If not, I’ve got to do something about it.

‘My aim is to keep trying my best to get into the team, but if I don’t get a chance during December I’ve got to start evaluating things.’

The left-sided star was one of Harry Redknapp’s first signings in the summer of 2002 and had been an instrumental figure for Pompey over the previous five years.

Taylor arguably had his finest campaign for the Blues during the 2006-07 season, scoring a handful of stunning goals to be on the brink of an England call-up.

But Pompey’s switch to a 4-3-3 formation, combined with Niko Kranjcar’s impressive form, had left him kicking his heels.

However, Taylor conceded it was difficult to complain when the results were going so well.

He added: ‘I think I’m not the first to say football’s a funny old game and things change quickly.

‘But it’s ever so difficult to have a big impact with only five or 10 minutes here or there.

‘Hopefully I’ll get a chance to show what I can do because I know I can make an impact on the Premier League.

‘But obviously it’s difficult to moan at the moment because the team is playing well.’