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Kanu to be wrapped in cotton wool...

...maybe this is to keep him warm?

Harry Redknapp has spoken to The News to confirm that his golden boy Kanu will be wrapped in cotton wool for the next couple of weeks so he can once again lead the line on his own against United - something which he clearly does with great effectiveness...

'After the Preston match, I think we've got to work hard this week on the training ground so that everybody understands their role in that system.

'There are a couple of new players coming in and I'm going to have to be careful with Kanu in the league.

'If I lose him we're going to be short. He might be one I will have to wrap in cotton wool for the next week or two and wait for the Cup.

'I've got Baros and Defoe to come back for the league games, so I might have to be careful with Kanu - I can't really afford to lose him as well.

'He did well against Preston - he can hold it up for you, he's got a good touch. The problem is getting behind people, we've got no pace, that's the problem.

'Kanu can hold it up on his own but you need people to run beyond him. You are looking for runners really'.

Sorry, it might appear that I am anti Kanu - which I am not at all - but the fella just cannot play the lone roll, he cannot move and although his hold up play is second to none he is unable to then get into he box when some fantastic balls are played in as a result.

Granted we do need the runners from midfield so they need to do there bit but people like Sulley Muntari, Lassana Diarra, Sean Davis and most definitely John Utaka are no slouches are they, so we should have the pace that Redknapp claims we are lacking?

The implication is that Kanu is the only striker that we have for use in the cup! I thought that we signed a Czech striker by the name of Milan Baros a few weeks back, and also have a fella called Dave Nugent who is very close to full fitness... Not forgetting a certain Utaka could be used as a striker if needed?

The suggestion is that Baros is struggling for form and fitness, but he will only improve both by playing, Nugent was very close to making the bench at the weekend so he cannot be too far off, even if people do not rate him, and again - not trying to be anti Kanu - he is hardly setting the world alight with his form is he...

All in all I just think that it is basically a load of rubbish that has been said to be honest - is it some sort of ploy to loll United into a false sense of security? Even so Sir Alex Ferguson has been around too long to fall for this...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 19 2008

Time: 11:32AM

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Interesting stuff, PR, but academic as we have no chance at Old Trafford. Play 15 players at the same time - won't make any difference.
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19/02/2008 11:44:00

Who do u support ET_tu_Pompeii? We all agree it will be tough but not impossible. This really is the time to get behind the club, despite some of our differences, not to be a sad sack pain in the arse.
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19/02/2008 11:58:00

of course we have a chance! why bother going - and i am personally going ive just had it confirmed - if we dont think we can win, just forfit the game in that case... we'll do united then chelski and win the cup...
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19/02/2008 12:04:00

I think Nugent will start firing on all 4 now he has had his op. AS he is said to have been carrying the injury a while prior to going completely in Plymouths game, it may have been needed to get him heeled. I may be wrong, but i think Nugent and Baros will do the job an United. On our day we can beet them, lets just hope it is our day.
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19/02/2008 12:08:00

Et_tu , well, we may as well not turn up then! Let's hope the players aren't as negative. Time to spout my favorite sporting quote; "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."....Muhammad Ali....maybe Pompey's will and desire will be greater than United but NOT if they think they'll lose!
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19/02/2008 12:11:00

This is Harry having a laugh, well it has to be. Let’s have a real go at them not stick one OAP upfront on his own against the best team left in the cup.
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19/02/2008 12:16:00

You're right Midge Nugent will be firing on all 4 cylinders but sadly this is a grand prix circuit & he won't catch up. As for Man U away, still livid with the bad luck of that draw. Yes we have a chance as we have every time we go there & come back with f a.
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19/02/2008 13:04:00

et-tu, did Barnsley have a chance at Anfield???????????
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19/02/2008 13:22:00

Rug super article, you did not sit on the fence, which your job more than often demands. I cannot add anything, but duplicate your Utaka comments. "HR" stated early in the season what pace and understanding he had with Kanu when used together as a striking partnership.
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19/02/2008 13:59:00

I didn't think Kanu was that bad against Preston, he held it up well and played some good balls… to nobody. That's the problem with the system, it's great he holds it up but if Utaka doesn't use his pace or impetus to get forward it won't work.
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19/02/2008 14:23:00

I've always had time for Pompey and I hope you stuff ManU. I certainly think you can compete at OT at the very least, and there is a decent chance of an upset.
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19/02/2008 14:59:00

Poor old Et_Tu, getting some stick there from that saucy little Larrikin FrattonAussie - dont spit the dummy mate, he's entitled to his own opinion. Gonna hafta improve on that last performance, boys, 2-0? could have been 8.
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19/02/2008 15:06:00

I'm sure Pompey thought they'd win the last match they played at Old Trafford, NinjTim, but it made no difference. At least we can think back to last season when we went there and . . . ah. Anyway the saeson befor that then . . . oops. Didn't we draw there once? no, er not in the recent past. Oh well, I'm sure Harry can replicate Barnsley's rough, long ball, fizzy pop football, Steaming, that would do it. Actually, no he couldn't and it wouldn't. Sarky replies over, lets hope Man Utd have an off day, similar to 50 years ago, now that would do it.
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19/02/2008 15:13:00

Buger off Sad Sack Pain In The Bottom, I can fight my own battles. Amazing, I have one negative thought in 2 years and everyone bundles me. Wish my positive thoughts had the same effect.
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19/02/2008 15:17:00

sad_sack_pain_in_the i cant quite make out who you support, i thought it was maybe someone other than pompey, then i thought it was pompey... now im just not sure? im not trying to fight your battle for you mate but in all fairness fellas Et_tu_Pompeii usually is positive in his thinking, tbh mate i just think that as your comment happened to be the first one made it gained more attention? had it been posted half way down it would have been caught, but not as much...
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19/02/2008 15:27:00

thanks 007 every now and again i do 'go off on one' and i think this was one of those days, i do try and make my writing 'frrom the heart' kind of thing and i just think when i read these cooments in the news i saw that red rag and just went at it as i got wound up by them...
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19/02/2008 15:29:00

I thought Kanu played is if he was wrapped in cotton wool Sunday!
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19/02/2008 17:50:00

ET TU; Sorry mate, All my posts on this topic have been trying to get supporters positive and think about winning not losing against MAN U and to take the perspective that if we do win then we will deserve to get to the final. We will have earned our place at Wembley not just "lucked it in". As Rug said, yours being the first post copped it. I have also been positive about Nugent and posted that we will win 1 nil and Nuge will score the goal. About an 40-1 shot for both to happen according to the bookies but it will happen.
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19/02/2008 23:31:00

thats the spirit, i like the use of the words 'will happen'...
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20/02/2008 08:51:00

When KANU arrived, portsmouth was on the brink of getting relegated. Since he has arrived something has happened and now fans are getting spoiled and greedy, I guess that human nature. Only people who understand football can understand the role of Kanu in the system. Both coaches who understand football agrees that he is an important player who has something very special. He wont be around in two years and you´ll see where Portsmouth will be standing. I am tired of seing unthankful comments from people who had obviously never set foot on a football pitch. Last year he was the top scorer, and people comlained that it was only in the first half of the season, this year he made most crutial passes which resulted in goals and people conplain about god knows what.....you must be joking people
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20/02/2008 14:52:00

i do agree with bits of what you say mate but completely disagree with others... we had escaped relegation by the time kanu came, and if we hadnt signed him no one would have, so altho i thought he was good last season and often backed him when others were really slagging him in all honesty did we not rescue him from the scrap heap... kanu has had his moment this season but i have not seen anywhere near enough to justify him getting a contract for next season - which he is going to get! i didnt mind either way if he re-signed last summer, the fact that 'arry always plays him when he is fit winds me up no end and the thought of him staying for another season doesnt fill me with much joy tbh... as i say i do not dislike him, but he just isnt physically capable of playing the role that is being asked of him, put him alongside someone and this could still work, playing him on his own is costing us, and will continue to cost us... im trying to see it from both sides of the fence, but im coming over to the 'i would like him to go in the summer' side of the fence more and more as he will become less and less effective the longer we keep him, and the longer we do this the more it will mean others will not get a chance and the less we will be able to bring in someone esle...

the thing that wound me up the most last summer were his demands and threats, we countered these with counter threats but never followed them through, he got away without playing pre season - again - and has been playing catchup as a result ever since, yet even tho others ran their hearts outs during pre season and gave everything they had who was back in at the first opportunity? kanu was, so i think alot of my 'grievance' against kanu this season is more of a resentment...

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20/02/2008 15:42:00

"we have no pace" - errrrr utaka?
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20/02/2008 16:06:00

Rumours surfacing that Kanu may quit altogether to take over the Nigerian National team
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21/02/2008 07:03:00

would that really be a bad thing? i would really like him to see out the season but as said im not overly keen on him staying for another year tbh, so maybe it wouldnt be a bad thing to bow out gracefully - with an fa cup winners medal perhaps...
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21/02/2008 08:39:00

kanu is very injury prone i would rather him on the bench then to lead the front line against united, he plasy better in bursts...
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22/02/2008 00:40:00


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