It looks like Rasmus Nicloaisen isn’t too happy at his lack of playing time, from your article after the King’s Lynn game. Is he off in January?
Watch this space on that one, Tony.
It was interesting to see Rasmus speak open and candidly to The News on Saturday about his relative lack of minutes of late.
The Danish defender effectively made it clear he’s here to play football, and, if he’s not playing, he doesn’t see much reason in being here.
I don’t view that as Nicloaisen agitating or being troublesome and, I know, Kenny Jackett just views those words as an honest assessment from the player, having spoken to him about it.
Nicloaisen may not be getting the game time he sought when arriving from FC Midtjylland in September, but he’s got eight games under his belt, with five of those outings starts.
So he’s not completely left out in the cold and Jackett views it as quite close in the battle to start between him, Sean Raggett and Jack Whatmough. Paul Downing is clearly way out of it again.
Nicolaisen has needed some time to adjust but has definitely added something to the squad, with just the one ropey 45 minutes at Plymouth against a powerful opponent in Frank Nouble.
The other factor is the two men in front of him deserve their place in the team.
Jack Whatmough returned to the fray this season and was undoubtedly Pompey’s best performer at the start of the term, before the hamstring issue kept him out at the start of the month.
And for all his critics, Sean Raggett has shown himself to be the team’s most consistent performer over almost a year now.
Obviously there’s form and injuries to consider and a lot could happen over the next few weeks, but, with a Midtjylland having a January recall option in the loan, there’s every chance but the player and parent club won’t view his current rate of appearances as satisfactory - if that’s how things continue.
As a long-term season-ticket holder, I don’t hold much hope of being at the Peterborough game. Surely there’s a fairer way of allocating tickets than the way the club are doing it?
The one thing which was abundantly clear to me John was the club were going to face flak whatever way they came up with distributing tickets for the Peterborough game.
Quite simply, 14,000 flexi-season tickets and memberships doesn’t go into 2,000 seats.
Consequently, the club were presented with a tough decision to make on the manner of allocating the tickets, and, given the complexity of that task, I think what they’ve come up with is fair.
Breaking down the season-ticket holders and members into randomly selected smaller groups and then giving them the opportunity to purchase seats is a pretty reasonable solution in the current climate.
That way, those who paid £25 for their flexi tickets and memberships are all being treated equally.
I know there’s been calls to take season-ticket histories into account, but I think it’s only right those who chose to pay for the tickets are given equal weight, otherwise it could’ve factored into their decision to make the purchase.
It’s worth noting, too, that it’s set to be announced that once your group has been selected for a game they can’t be picked again until all the other groups have been to a match, too.
In fact, there will be a detailed Q&A out from the club on the issue later today.
I was saddened to hear of Papa Bouba Diop’s death. He was one of the most under-rated players I’ve ever seen play for Pompey. Where does he sit in the list of midfielders for you?
The news came as a total surprise to me with no knowledge or suggestion he was unwell.
I agree with you Chris that he was under-rated and, although he doesn’t make it into the list of the club’s best midfielders for me, there were periods in his three-year stay from 2007 where he was very influential.
As I tweeted on Sunday evening, Paul Scholes named Diop as one of his toughest opponents. When you get an endorsement of that nature you must be some player.
Diop and David James have the honour of being the only players to have featured in the 2008 and 2010 cup finals, while the gentle giant was also a part of that other famous evening in the club’s history against AC Milan.
He may not make it on to the all-time list for me, but to have those occasions on your CV certainly must mark you down as a Pompey great. RIP Papa.
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