The Liam Lawrence Worry

It has come of little surprise to see just how much of an impact Liam Lawrence has made on Portsmouth since signing last month.

The Irishman already has four goals to his name and has contributed towards others and so it seems that the 28-year-old is already on his way to being named Pompey's player of the season.

That's if he doesn't leave in January, of course.

Having only signed on loan from Stoke, there is the possibility that a bigger Championship club or perhaps even a Premier League club could swoop for Lawrence in January and Pompey would be powerless to prevent him from leaving.

West Brom have been linked with a swoop for a player who has given his word that he'll stay at Portsmouth after originally being undecided at moving down to the south coast.

Whilst we should be wary of what any footballer says, I think Lawrence means that he is going to stay. My worry comes from the cynical thinking that Pompey may be able to get another million or so from Stoke for Marc Wilson if they agreed to let Lawrence move in January.

It would be complicated, but then say, for example, that West Brom offered Stoke £3 million for Lawrence in January. Stoke know that even if they had to pay Pompey some extra cash for Wilson, they'd still be making money on Lawrence.

It would be similar to the bizzare deal that saw Spartak Moscow pay Pompey to take back Quincy Owusu-Abeyie simply so he could be sold to Al-Sadd for profit. Incidentally, Quincy is now on loan at Spanish side Malaga and has scored twice in six games.

Whilst it seems unlikely that Lawrence would leave, it's a possibility that you can't rule out from a club that has been allowed to sell players outside of the transfer window this year and has a history of hiding certain details in transfer deals, as well as completely botching others.

It could be my paranoia, but don't be too surprised if Lawrence ends up leaving in January because "the financial situation has changed" or something along those lines.