Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
Cup final hero Kanu has technically qualified for his new contract, yet this has not been signed, although 'the King' wants to stay - but will he be allowed to, do we even want him to?
It is a tough call; the fella has immense talent, ability and quality but can be 'carried' too often at times - maybe this is just his way, so it looks like he is being carried but he is not really? Carrying players is something that we cannot afford though. I maintain the thoughts that I have had all season that he is best used as an impact player to come off the bench... the problem with that is Harry Redknapp is unwilling to do this and had often - in my opinion - left him on the pitch for too long this season, when a chance for a fresher, more willing pair of legs could have made a difference.
Kanu can play the lone role, but - and again merely in my own opinion - is not suited to this lone role with the style that we play, and is often much more effective as a pairing as opposed to the lone man.
It is a difficult one, how do you show the door to a man that has proved the match winner in both of your Wembley appearances this season, scoring the goal that won you your first piece of major domestic silverware for almost 70 years?
The answer is you cannot really can you, but there is not room for sentimentality in football these days is there, we have seen this all too often this season alone... To be honest I had hoped that he would move on in the summer, but now I am struggling to be happy with this should it happen!
With us needing a bigger squad he would certainly be worth keeping, but the thought that he would start more games than he should next season, and also stay on for too long in these does worry me - but then again his touch of class could prove such a difference. Used in the right way next season he would be a real asset, but overused and he could become a hindrance - but how long would he be willing to stay if he spent most his time on the bench?
He wants to stay, and told someone I know prior to his friends of Kanu game that all he wanted was a new contract, he did not want anymore money he just wanted to stay here - how can you argue with that? And in all honesty I would be surprised if he were not here next season.
Come what may he will forever be etched into our history, and is a man we will be eternally grateful to for scoring the goal that won us the FA cup...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
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