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Less talk more action John/Appiah latest

Less talk more action John/Appiah latest

John Utaka has said that he is totally committed to Pompey and he had no interest in leaving despite reported interest from Lille in August, which he says was 'rubbish' anyway. He even went as far as saying the talk about him leaving were 'lies'.

I have little, or no doubt that he did not want to leave Pompey for whatever reason as the word I have is that he rejected a move to Lille despite an offer being accept? So, yep it seems to completely add up that he did not want to go...

Utaka also went on to again say how he wants to improve as a player and wants that to be in England with us, and also wants to prove how good he really is.

To be honest I am going to take some convincing that he can become the player he claims he will, but as said previously will give him that final chance - but it is time for less talk and more action John!

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Also, Stephen Appiah remains a player that is strongly linked to Pompey, with weekend reports claiming that he wants to come to England - which of course gives us a great chance...

However West Ham remain very keen, with it also suggested that Arsenal are seriously considering a move for him - so we have competition for the free agent. 'Reports' today have also said that German duo Bayern Munich and Schalke are also interested as well.

I did not see the game but Appiah is believed to have been outstanding in an international for Ghana on Friday, with him watched by Pompey representatives as well as those from West Ham and Arsenal - and if reports today are true I would suggest those from Munich and Schalke as well?

I would be delighted if we could bring him to Pompey, and there is still a chance but all we can do is now is wait and see! But his future 'should' be sorted out after the international break...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday September 8 2008
Time: 1:58PM

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Utakahas already played this season and quite frankly, he doesn't look any different to last year. At the ManU game a Pompey player lost a tackle but the ball was close to him and free. The crowd around me was shouting "again, again", but he just stood there. Guess who it was - yep - Utaka! Problem is, even I can see he can see he is a good player and his efforts (when he made them) did get some cheers.
Gandor
08/09/2008 14:07:00
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I saw somewhere that Appiah said he won't be rushed. If I were a free agent and had all those teams after me, I don't think I would be rushed either. I'd be hanging out for the best deal my agent could carve out for me. Of course, I would want to go to a decent team and that would come into it, but aren't all the teams that are in for him decent? I hope we get him, but I'm not holding my breath. Perhaps Harry can go and have a cup of tea with him?
Gandor
08/09/2008 14:12:00
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There's still hope! Some practice crossing from the wings would be nice.
Pompeyscum
08/09/2008 14:20:00
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Talk is cheap & it will soon be January!!! As for Appiah, does Harry want him & does he want us? Time as they say, will tell us!!!
storagematt
08/09/2008 14:49:00
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I still have faith that Utaka will come good, maybe I am just being too optimistic?
sneakay
08/09/2008 14:52:00
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Yes, Sneakay, I fear you are. Wholly agree with Gandor, he just doesn't get it. Oh and those cheers at Manure were ironic, to say the least, at least by me.
UKTony
08/09/2008 15:17:00
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I do think though that Harry playing him week in week out when he was not performing didn't help. Now that he has been left on the bench he may well have decided that he does not like that life.
sneakay
08/09/2008 15:26:00
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lol agreed tony. I was hopeful before the start of the season but the Man U game just proved to me that Utakas hasn't and probably won't change unfortunatly, oh well as matt said januarys not far away
pompeym@
08/09/2008 15:28:00
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Irony Tony is not your strong point!! Gandor is right of course Utaka has got it but is is lazy without doubt. Sadly I have it on good authority that HR cannot meet Appiah for a chat as the Ghanaian does not drink tea sadly!!
eastneydave
08/09/2008 15:41:00
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I think this will be utaka last chance because january is coming and if there is no improvement then sureley he should be moved on because we need 100% committed people and strong people for a club of our size.Hope appiah joins but to be honest i cant see it as munich and arsenal in he will lead to one of these but hope i am wrong
stfc ballboy
08/09/2008 16:04:00
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