Utaka again tells us he'll do better...
John Utaka has taken time to once again push home the point on the Pompey Site that next season we will see 'the real deal' as far as he is concerned: 'it's been a good introduction to Premier League football.
'But the best is yet to come.
'It was my first season in England and I participated in most of the games. I scored some goals and got a few assists.
'But there is much more to come from me. You will see a new John Utaka next season.'
I tire of saying it, but his ability is not in doubt - we all know that he has immense talent, this is not something that he needs to prove at all, the thing that he does have to change is his attitude and commitment... If he gets this right then we will see one hell of player. The type of player that we saw in his opening games - which bizarrely enough he feels were his weakest! - and a few throughout the season.
To be honest having paid so much for him I did expected a hell of a lot more than we got, but I am not ready to write him off just yet, lets see how he goes next season. But he should not have to be told that he has to run for the ball and put the effort in - these are basics that you should not have to coach from the sidelines are they!
Yep, he gets a stay of execution from me but if we see no improvement in his application by Christmas I would say enough is enough.
All in all though actions speak louder than words Mr Utaka, so lets see you do your talking on the pitch during the 2008/09 season...
PLAY UP POMPEY!