Am I foolish to fall for the right attitude?
'I am enjoying my football at Portsmouth', 'I want to prove what I can do' blah, blah, blah - we have heard it time and time again from John Utaka...
Yep, people will say 'the guy is a striker but we have rarely used him as a striker.'
That may well be the case, but no matter what position you are 'natural in' the basics of actually 'putting in a shift', or at least 'some effort' and 'looking interested' should be retained wherever you are played, right?
Lets be honest playing as a right winger is not something that the Nigeria is totally unfamiliar to playing as, this was done on many occasions in France and at international level.
To be honest I would not have been overly bothered if he left, but, and maybe foolishly so, I think I have been won over by some things that he told The News this weekend - that, and maybe the fact we seriously might need to keep as many as possible with numbers low...
Commitment, dedication, desire and effort for the shirt are qualities that I, well we, always want from Pompey players - a lack of quality is usually overlooked somewhat if you have those attributes...clearly Utaka has the talent is it just those other qualities mentioned have quite clearly been lacking!
Players that 'want to play for the club' are something that you clearly need and want, hearing him say 'I still have two years on my contract, so I still hope to be around' and 'I don't know (whether I'll be sold). I'll see how it goes. But I hope to be at Portsmouth next season' are plus points.
Maybe we cannot sell him if truth were known? But hearing him say he wants to stay, joining others in saying this, is a positive thing and the more players we have playing for us that actually do want to play for us the better!
Maybe we will always be left frustrated by the enigma that is John Utaka, put in a proper shift mate and you will win more and more over, if he can finally back up his words, which are always those of a 'world-beater', he might still be just that for us...then again, maybe not?
PLAY UP POMPEY!