Football FanCast guest columnist Tim Dunn will certainly have no regrets in seeing Prince Boateng line up for Portsmouth against Spurs.
Saturday's trip to Fratton Park is shaping up to be one of the biggest grudge matches in years as the Pompey faithful look to shower a shed load of abuse at Harry Redknapp and arguably their three best players of last season Defoe, Crouch and Kranjcar. I don't about anyone else but I love these sorts of games where the atmosphere is hostile and if Portsmouth fans thought that a little bit of intimidation was going to put Harry and the boys off their stride, then they are sorely mistaken.
This Tottenham team is made of sterner stuff these days and I don't see anything in that Pompey team that is set to worry us. With O'Hara unable to play against us, due to the terms of his loan, it appears the biggest threat they have on offer is a certain Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is the star man down at Fratton Park and who O'Hara has likened to Luka Modric in terms of style. I never saw the likeness myself, but to be honest we never saw much of the German at WHL.
I was talking to pal of mine who works for The News down in Portsmouth and he can't stop raving about Boateng. This is a man who was absolutely perplexed six weeks ago as to how we got Kranjcar for £2m and they paid £4m for KPB and claiming it to be the final insult and slap in the face for Pompey fans. A month on he is suddenly crowing about how they in fact were the ones who turned us over, in terms of the exchange and how the £4m for Boateng is arguably the biggest bargain of the season.
Despite my pal's great love of Boateng's abilities and his suggestion that we may have missed a trick by selling him, I have to admit there isn't one ounce of regret in my body for the fact that we let the German leave and the £2m+Kranjcar was greatly received. In many ways it is the same as hearing about Darren Bent's exploits for Sunderland and why from the outset many neutrals and perhaps some supporters may feel that we were wrong to sell; I have no such feeling inside and believe that it is simply that both players, the ‘Prince' in particular, have found their respective levels and are merely big fishes in what are very small ponds. Boateng can attempt to prove me wrong on Saturday, but I am certain the likes of Palacios or Jenas won't be losing any sleep over his presence in midfield.
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