20 Greatest Portsmouth players: 14 to 12

14. Lassana Diarra

Diarra signing for Pompey back in 2008

 

Many fans claim that Diarra is the most talented player they ever saw put on a Pompey jersey. His resilience in midfield and crisp passing meant he had the ability to control the tempo of any game.

Diarra helped Pompey win the 2008 FA Cup, scoring in the fourth round victory against Plymouth. He then went on to play every minute of the rest of the cup winning campaign.

On the 18th September 2008, he went down in the history books as he became the first player to score in European competition for Pompey. Diarra bagged in Pompey’s 2-0 group stage UEFA Cup victory over Vitoria de Guimares.

 

13. Guy Whittingham

Whittingham while playing for Pompey

Whittingham joined Pompey from Yeovil Town in the summer of 1989 and the striker earnt the nickname ‘corporal punishment’ for his deadly finishing.

The striker scored 99 times in just 173 league appearances. He also holds the record for most goals in a season for Pompey (43 in all competitions) as the Blues just missed out on promotion to the Premier League that season.

After spells at Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, Whittingham re-joined Pompey on loan in 1999 and scored seven goals in nine games, to steer Pompey away from relegation to the third tier. Afterwards, he joined the club permanently and went on to score a further four goals.

Whittingham had a brief spell as manager after two previous caretaker positions, but his brilliance as a player wasn’t repeated as manager and he was quickly relieved of his duties.

 

12. Glen Johnson 

Johnson signing for Pompey back in 2007

Johnson was a big part of Pompey’s 2008 FA Cup triumph, starting the final. He originally arrived on loan from Chelsea, but the move was made permanent and the right-back went on to make 84 appearances for the Blues.

In the 2008/09 season, Johnson won goal of the season for his memorable wonder strike against Hull City and he also won a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He cemented his place in the national team while at Pompey and went on to make 54 appearances for the Three Lions. His impressive performances for club and country attracted the attention of bigger clubs and Liverpool signed him for £18.5 million in June 2009.

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