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'The chief' is ready to mount his challenge

Kanu, who was already 'the king' is now the self-proclaimed 'chief', made his return from injury in the reserves this week - marking this with a goal and he has told sky sports that he is ready to challenge Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch for a place in the side: 'I am on the comeback trail, I am feeling fine.

'I am not at 100 per cent yet, but scoring last Monday was fantastic and I am delighted to play.

'I love to be on the field and now I have to try and get in the team.

'The strikers did well last week at Everton, but I will let them know that the chief is back and ready to challenge them.

'There is a good spirit in the camp and we are ready to write more good things in the Pompey sports book.'

The Nigerian is a legend and 'if' used in the right way is most definitely worth having around for another year - but lets be honest he, or anyone else for that matter is not going to challenge the England strikers for a starting place regularly are they? If fit, right or wrong, these two are going to be Harry Redknapp's first pick more often than not...

Kanu should be - and hopefully - will be used as an impact sub, as this will best utilise his talent these days.

I like his words and hope that he can help us 'write more good things in the Pompey sports book', but come January if fit - is he ever! - if he is not getting much of a look-in I am not sure how willing he will be to carry on fighting for this place...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 5 2008

Time: 1:36PM

Your Comments

the guy wrote himself into Pompey folklore with his goals against WBA and Cardiff and he can only be good to have around the place. id love to see him stay on and coach the likes of Cowan-Hall and Subotic....
southportpompey
Not sure about coaching & not sure about anything after this season.
storagematt
Yeah Kanu needs to be dedicated to the club, all Kanu is dedicated to is himself and his cronies.
stillthewhizz
To Be fair, the bloke has done us proud, and i expect him to move onto the nigerian national team in some capacity, maybe manager? maybe coaching?
Midge
he was good as an impact sub last year, he had a really, really good performance at fratton, cant remember which game.he has the europe experience too, and with so many extra games this year, he could play a key part in our attack.
jbaker
had a great impact against blackburn on debut couple of years back, but the game you are thinking of is sunderland. 0-0 when he came on, with us looking like doing nothing and we won 1-0 in the end with a defoe penalty, which kanu won...
pompeyrug
tht might well be it, and yeah his debut was a devastating performance, shame he missed the pen...
jbaker
Didn't he also come on against Birmingham at 2-2 and we went on to win 4-2? I like talk like that from players. It is very positive and shows a message of fun and happiness in the squad saying 'but I will let them know the chief is back and ready to challenge them'. Great stuff
sneakay
totally agree sneakay, i like kanu alot more just because of this interview.
jbaker
he's a great impact player - however I would have to disagree with stillthewhizz - he has set up the kanu heart foundation and does other charity work, so its not all about kanu! I think his vast experiance would help improve crouch as well as cowan-hall and subotic, so if he stays beond next year, all the better!
pompeycarpet
The King is back - long live the King!!
eastneydave
I'm a big Kanu fan, he's old and slow but boy can he change a game. He doesn't get the credit he deserves sometimes. You watch him sometimes he looks like he's falling all over the place but the ball seems stuck to his foot. I know some get annoyed because he wants a longer contract but lets be honest, he's no different to anyother player nearing the end of their career. I'm pleased he's here and i'm pleased he wants his place back because he's a player that makes things happen.
Steve C
Just a few weeks ago everyone on this site was totally damning concerning Kanu and his attitude. One small news flash on Sky Sports and he is great again. Hypocrisy comes to mind.
007
Not hypocrisy 007, we just don't bear a grudge! We were in a very dark place a few weeks back, now all is lovely and everyone is forgiven - til the next time:-)
Gandor
hypocricy isnt the word your looking for (maybe short term memory?) - however thats just being pedantic... anyway, Kanu has always been a good impact player, he just has some really annoying traits - like being lazy (which is okish when everyone else on the pitch is tired, and you are as skillfull as kanu!), and refusing to sign contracts.
pompeycarpet
I can't wait to see him back in action (or maybe that should be slow motion). Hail to The Chief
Pompeyscum
I wasn't damning him when others were, he was just trying to squeeze that bit more out of the club. But i think the club have the right idea, by only giving him a year they make sure he's trying to impress whenever he gets in the team.
Steve C
He's certainly got the right attitude. And because he's so slow the opposition can get caught out by him. All hail the King.
tracyc
Well I can't stand the man, That he can change a game isn't in doubt. Still, can't stand him though!
pentonpompey
 

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