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Well there goes his chance then...

To be honest The News is not always the most 'Pompey friendly' paper going is it, despite apparently being the paper for Pompey, so seeing them happy to push Theo Gekas' thoughts at being unhappy at not getting a 1st team opportunity are not surprising.

To be fair though, the story, 'if' as it has developed, does give a broader picture as to what the situation has been for the loan striker since his arrival, and does not really favour him - it actually makes me question his attitude and does not exactly do him many favours...

I know it was Tony Adams that brought him to Pompey, but for whatever reason it does appear that Paul Hart does not fancy the Greek striker, and his frustrations have been growing, with him finally snapping telling The News: 'I don't deserve something like this, such treatment. I think my CV is worthy of respect.

'Through my efforts on the field in the past year, I've shown people what I'm capable of. I deserve more respect.

'I didn't walk away from Leverkusen - a club going for the German Championship - in order to come over here, at a club fighting for survival only, and being seated in the stands.

'I didn't come here just to train with the rest of the team.

'I don't care if there's a new manager, I only know Mr Hart keeps ignoring me without even giving me a single, a simple, explanation.

'He should give me a chance first and then, if I fail, he can judge me.'

To be fair I agree that if he is not given a chance how can he be judged, and I can understand his frustrations at not being given a chance - I think most of us are as frustrated that he is not even being given a run from the bench, and with 6 outfield options to pick each week its somewhat perplexing that he, and others, cannot even get a look in. If he is not good enough, then lets just be honest about it - not keep saying 'the chance will come'.

He has been praised by a Pompey goalscoring legend Guy Whittingham, and he should know a good striker when he sees one, but its looking more and more like this striker is not going to be one we see.

We also have to look at it from another point of view too, that of Hart, who is playing things 'safe', maybe too safe at times though? He is of course the manager, and it is thought that he has asked Gekas to play in the reserves so he can get a closer look at him - but he has refused to do this, and with several fixtures over the past couple of weeks he could have played a fair few games, and maybe scored a fair few goals?

No player is bigger than a club, particularly a loanee, regardless of their history, and if he is a 'big time Charlie' that thinks he should not have to prove anything to anyone then to be fair you do have to back the manager do you not?

'If' he has refused to play in the reserves then this will not go down well - add his thoughts to this, which have now gone beyond frustration, and this situation all looks like it 'might end in tears' now... His publicly shared thoughts will not go down well with the club, and his chances of getting a look-in now appear even slimmer than they were...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 18 2009

Time: 10:25AM

Your Comments

If it's true that he's refused to turn out for the reserves then we're best rid of him. No matter how big a star he may be, surely he should have banged in a hatful for the reserves and given Hart a real selection dilemma.
NinjaTim
If it's true that he's refused to turn out for the reserves then we're best rid of him. No matter how big a star he may be, surely he should have banged in a hatful for the reserves and given Hart a real selection dilemma.
NinjaTim
nice one theo...
SUAC51
nice one theo...
SUAC51
Shame....I would've loved to have seen him play. Gotta understand his frustrations, definately, but assuming the New is correct this is a totally unprofessional way to go about it.
PFCGino
Shame....I would've loved to have seen him play. Gotta understand his frustrations, definately, but assuming the New is correct this is a totally unprofessional way to go about it.
PFCGino
Oh god, here we go again, this is Ben Sahar all over again, isn't it?
powered_by_pies
Oh god, here we go again, this is Ben Sahar all over again, isn't it?
powered_by_pies
DOES HE THINK HE'S SOME GREEK GOD OR SOMETHING. Nobody self selects themselves, and if you won't try and shine in the pond what makes you think you can run the lake ?
pompeygray
DOES HE THINK HE'S SOME GREEK GOD OR SOMETHING. Nobody self selects themselves, and if you won't try and shine in the pond what makes you think you can run the lake ?
pompeygray
Oh well...
pentonpompey
Oh well...
pentonpompey
i say give him one game... his "arrogance" or so claimed should be tested as least it means he is confident, better than some of the other players turning out giving average performances. if he does well, we should use him, if he is rubbish, get rid. simple, but this airy fairy stuff i cant deal with, try him out, or dont waste loans!!!
pompey--pessimist
i say give him one game... his "arrogance" or so claimed should be tested as least it means he is confident, better than some of the other players turning out giving average performances. if he does well, we should use him, if he is rubbish, get rid. simple, but this airy fairy stuff i cant deal with, try him out, or dont waste loans!!!
pompey--pessimist
I've got to agree with you Pessimist. We brought him here because he was a proven goal scorer. Ok it's pretty "off" not playing for the reserves but what the hell is Utaka doing on the bench. We need goals because we've shown we cannot hold down a one goal advantage time after time. The guy should have been given a run out from the bench. What the hell is going to happen if Crouchie or Nugent get injured. Kanu and Utaka, don't make me laugh. Still, he's probably shot himself in the foot now and we'll never know what he could have offered us..
cornypomp
I've got to agree with you Pessimist. We brought him here because he was a proven goal scorer. Ok it's pretty "off" not playing for the reserves but what the hell is Utaka doing on the bench. We need goals because we've shown we cannot hold down a one goal advantage time after time. The guy should have been given a run out from the bench. What the hell is going to happen if Crouchie or Nugent get injured. Kanu and Utaka, don't make me laugh. Still, he's probably shot himself in the foot now and we'll never know what he could have offered us..
cornypomp
I don't think he deserves to play now, not if he refuses to play in the reserves. If he's 'too good' for them, then yes, ***** OFF! Maybe Hart should give him a chance? But after this....
MFFP
I don't think he deserves to play now, not if he refuses to play in the reserves. If he's 'too good' for them, then yes, ***** OFF! Maybe Hart should give him a chance? But after this....
MFFP
Surely a professional footbeller wants to play football and a reserve match must be more enjoyable than 'just training with the players'. It implies that he does not want to impress his skills by showing what he is capable of and in a competitive match he could show how he blends with others. Very Very odd. Must mean sadly bye bye.
dedmans
Surely a professional footbeller wants to play football and a reserve match must be more enjoyable than 'just training with the players'. It implies that he does not want to impress his skills by showing what he is capable of and in a competitive match he could show how he blends with others. Very Very odd. Must mean sadly bye bye.
dedmans
Give him a game i say, like he says ''if he doesn't produce then judge him''. To be honest could we do much worse with only Crunchie up front???
tommo3146
Give him a game i say, like he says ''if he doesn't produce then judge him''. To be honest could we do much worse with only Crunchie up front???
tommo3146
This is a classic case of 'cutting you nose of to spite ya face' .. I'm just not sure if it's Pompey or Gekas that have done it.. Other famous Pompey Striker Loanee ... Have we ever has on that's scored...
Chix
This is a classic case of 'cutting you nose of to spite ya face' .. I'm just not sure if it's Pompey or Gekas that have done it.. Other famous Pompey Striker Loanee ... Have we ever has on that's scored...
Chix
Another 'no one wins' case. What message does it sends to potential purchases? May be something got lost in translation?
storagematt
Another 'no one wins' case. What message does it sends to potential purchases? May be something got lost in translation?
storagematt
 

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