My Final Article

Last updated : 05 January 2009 By Jim Bonner
I'm leaving the country later today as I'm jetting off to New York City for two weeks. So I thought I'd leave you with a few of my thoughts and predictions before I go.

On the transfer front I think it's blatantly obvious that Jermain Defoe will return to Tottenham. The abuse he has received on his phone is disgusting and the so-called "fans" that called him are a disgrace to the club and if anything, have just hastened his reunion with Redknapp.

There is better news on the horizon as Glen Johnson is set to sign a new contract when many fans (myself included) were resigned to losing him this month. He's the best right back in the league and would have been extremely difficult to replace if we did sell him.

Sean Davis and Richard Hughes are also set to sign new deals so that's good news too. However, we still need a central midfielder with some creativity and some drive. Is Gary O'Neil the answer? Some fans say he'd be a step back but we know from previous experience how useful he is in a relegation battle.

I'd welcome him back because not only will it strengthen our midfield but it also weakens Middlesbrough's, who are also trying to stave off relegation and will probably also lose Stewart Downing to Tottenham.

I've got no idea who else we could be bringing into the club. Plenty of names have been linked but none of them have really stood out for me. I don't want to see Joey Barton or Didier Zokora at the club as I would find it very difficult to support them, whilst I'm not sure the likes of Aruna Dindane could score the goals we'll miss from Defoe's departure.

Whilst I'm in the USA I shall miss the league games with Man City and Tottenham and I shall also miss the FA Cup replay with Bristol City. I shall do whatever I can to watch these games but without the benefits of my season ticket and Sky TV that might be difficult.

With my positive hat on, I'd love to come back with us having beaten Man City, booked our fourth round tie at home to Histon but most importantly to finally beat Spurs at White Hart Lane and give Redknapp a strong dose of justice.

Of course, it could always go completely wrong and I'll come back with Pompey at the bottom of the league and out of the FA Cup. If that happens then it wouldn't surprise me to see Tony Adams leave, although he does need all of January to build his own side after Redknapp left him an unbalanced team.

That's it for two weeks folks. I'm off to educate some Americans about English "soccer" and to teach them how to pronounce "Portsmouth" properly.

Play Up Pompey!