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Utaka talks the talk...

...now lets hope John Utaka walks the walk!

Earlier in the week Harry Redknapp insisted that next season we would see the best of Utaka, now the Nigerian has himself told sky sports the same thing: 'the fans here have not seen the best of me yet. This season has been a learning exercise, just as I expected. Next season will be a lot brighter from me - that I promise.

'I wasn't fit for the semi-final but I was there cheering the team and I saw how wide the pitch was at Wembley. I thought it would suit me very well if I could make it for the final.

'The first thing about playing in England I remember was at Derby having to stop and catch my breath and ask myself, 'Just what exactly is going on here?' It was that fast - although I think I've become more used to that and the more physical style now - and far different from in France and Egypt.

'We've done well as a team, especially our great away record this season.

'But what has been disappointing for me personally is that there have been times when I have tried to do something and knew the ability was there to do it but for some reason it didn't work.

'I look at the videos of matches and my performances and still can't find the full answer but I'm hopeful it will come with more experience. I'm feeling very good at the moment and ready to do well'.

Follow these words up with actions fella and you could become an absolute Pompey legend and I clearly hope he does.

As said in my article earlier in the week - click here - I do hope that Utaka does deliver next season. Although it does take time to adapt to life in England my thinking has been that his main problem has been one of a lack of application rather than ability. If he shows this willingness, as he seems to be suggesting, then he will be a star without doubt. He has to show this, if not then he will not have a future with the club.

In regards to his thoughts on playing at Wembley in the cup final I am entirely on his wavelength with that, on the wide open surface of Wembley - if he shows up - he will have a field day and could almost single handed win us the FA cup guys, and this is not an overstatement.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 27 2008

Time: 9:24AM

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Lets hope John U is right. Who will ever forget his goal against Bolton at the park where he just left them for dead and within seconds the ball was in the back of the net.
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27/04/2008 09:37:00

that was a fantastic goal, clearly we cannot expect that every week but if we see a player at least looking 'capable' of doing that every week, or most weeks we'll be happy and he'll be achieving what he is promising...
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27/04/2008 09:52:00

I hope the match videos he watched included Benji, then perhaps he will understand effort and commitment
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27/04/2008 12:55:00

As they say 'actions speak louder than words'!!!
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27/04/2008 18:35:00

Of all the players....my lad was a mascot today, typical isnt it, he had to get Utaka, my least favourite. But, My lad said utaka was nice and had some nice words etc for him.
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27/04/2008 19:58:00

at least he enjoyed it tho eh mate, which is the main thing.
lets hope utaka lets his football do the talking next season - and what is left of this...
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27/04/2008 21:06:00

He's got great abilty but rarely shows it. He will be on my list to go this summer.
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28/04/2008 09:13:00

Thought you were a fan of his?
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28/04/2008 09:25:00


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