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He's bad, but not that bad!

To say that the majority would probably not be against seeing the guy go 'could' be an understatement, and most would 'probably' say that the guy has 'not been very good' for Pompey on the whole for the past couple of years, but to say that we could allow John Utaka to leave for just 1m is ridiculous, right?

Besiktas, and other Turkish clubs, along with French outfit St Etienne are 'said' to be keen on the Nigerian.

Well 1m, for a guy that cost us 7m 2-year ago, is the amount being 'quoted' in The Mirror today, and as they put it 'as debt-ridden Pompey are looking to cut their wage bill'.


To be honest I would not be against Utaka leaving at all really but at 1m, this must be rubbish, I think I would rather see us keep him than take a 6m loss in 2-years - as the title says 'he might be bad, but not that bad!'


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 25 2009

Time: 3:46PM

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if we were selling him for 1million, (almost) every club in the premiership would be after him. He is still very talented, very quick, and does have an eye for goal. If he sorted his attitude out, he could take the premiership by storm.
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25/06/2009 16:19:00

Ha..ha...####ing HA!!! Laugh or what. Who are these jokers. If he's going to go there's no way that we'd take that kind of hit. I'm hoping he stays and proves to us and everybody else just how good he can be. One more chance, but it'll be worth it if he delivers.
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25/06/2009 16:26:00

Cut our losses on this one sadly. But 1million is a bit cheap.
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25/06/2009 16:30:00

I still stand by the fact that Utaka will come good. Maybe a foreign manager will bring out the best in him. I hope so.
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25/06/2009 16:38:00

Im not a huge fan..I'd flog him for 3mil..but no less! as carpet said, he has got talent, we've seen it in spurts!
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25/06/2009 17:00:00

It is the Mirror; when are they ever accurate
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25/06/2009 17:25:00

Most decent Championship players command more than 1M nowadays. This really is a bargain basement price. Is he on a high salary?
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25/06/2009 17:26:00

I'm with sneakay, Utakas confidence took a real hit, he certainly wasn't prepared for the speed he went from hero to zero. unfortunately Pompey fans can turn very quickly on a player and it's very difficult to win them back over. Utaka seemed to be on his way back at the end of the season and i think given the right manager he will show us that he's worthy of wearing the shirt and show his undoubted skills on a week to week basis.
Steve C
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25/06/2009 18:07:00

for 1 mil he's worth a punt over at fulham...
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25/06/2009 18:41:00

Give him another chance. He's got great speed (when he chooses to use it), is relatively young and shows teasing flashes of greatness. Maybe with right manager ??? Anyway, 1 million pounds is a joke.
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25/06/2009 19:02:00

how many chances are we gonna give the guy tho? we cannot, and will not, let him go for 1m tho!
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25/06/2009 20:33:00

utaka is gonna take pompey and the primiership by storm this year. everyone is gonna laugh at me. not sure how many people see him play for rennes but he was amazing.
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25/06/2009 21:01:00

hopefully you will be right coxy, but what we also have to think about is 'that was rennes this is pompey' and 'how many of us have seen him play for us for the past 2-years'...
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25/06/2009 22:33:00

I disagree with the title. HE IS NOT BAD. He just wasn't performing for various reasons. I still fancy the guy to prove us wrong next season, if he stays. Few weeks ago, he said that he wants to do so and that is why I am guessing so.
Pompey Malta
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25/06/2009 23:12:00

1 f***ing million pounds get real do they just pull a figure out of their arses? [Edited by rug]
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26/06/2009 05:57:00

I at times would have given the guy away for nothing with some of the misses and non runs he has done when he has had the shirt on, but in fairness most of the time he has had a run out, it has been down the wing. He is a striker and when he plays there as he did in the last two games then I think he showed some real promise. For the right money I would let him go on the assumption we would see someone better coming in (Owen for example).
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26/06/2009 07:36:00

coxy - I agree. I didn't see him play for rennes, but I did see the first month he was at pompey, when he tore everyone apart.
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26/06/2009 07:39:00

the title was more to highlight how wrong the price being quoted was, 1m is nowhere near enough - altho, and for whatever reason, i lost track of the amount of times that utaka has been 'bad' over the past 2-years, its not just when on the ball but off the ball too... ok, he migth be a striker but he has, on many occassions, played as a winger in france and for nigeria so its not totally unusual for him.
as for proving us wrong, again i will say i hope he does but again i honestly have lost track of how many times he has come out with that speech too tbh...
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26/06/2009 07:56:00

He will come good played as a Sttriker
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26/06/2009 09:18:00


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