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Benji - it is not a surprise is it?

Benji - it is not a surprise is it?

Benjani is 'said' to have told The News today that he would 'love to play for Pompey again.' Is it really a surprise? I think I would be more surprised if I heard him saying anything other than this!

Lets be honest here the guy never wanted to leave in the first place did he but he did not have a choice - come on, seriously who misses more than one plane 'accidentally'.

Benjani said, and these feelings that can be said in reverse: 'I have good memories and I have a special relationship with the Portsmouth supporters. I left on a good note and I have nothing but good feelings about them, that's for sure.

'I'd love to play for them again, but at the moment I'm contracted to Manchester City. I have a job to do here until I'm told anything else.'

Of course Benjani is still contracted to Citeh but he is not going to get a look-in this season is he, what with Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz already in place, not to mention Craig Bellamy among others and the impending arrival of Carlos Tevez!

I loved the Zimbabwean to bits when we had him, I was devastated when he left but in all honesty, although I am not saying that I do not want him back I must admit that I do have reservations...

The injuries have mounted up for Benjani since he left and I suspect that some of the crowd would really get on his back if things did not work out, you only have to look at some of the abuse the harder working players get now, mainly because enough goals are not scored! So my main concern is tarnishing the memories that we had of him - at 30, despite having life in him yet, are his best days behind him?

As he also said: 'In football you never know what is around the corner.'

Who is to say whoever our next manager is, who is just around this corner, that they would want to sign him anyway?

Think with your head, and not your heart, would you really want Benjani to return? Share these thoughts below...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday July 7 2009
Time: 1:37PM

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Yes i would have him back, he didnt score for nearly a year, but was such a work horse we could do with that whether we play top of the league or bottom of the league, a real handfull for most defences, sign him up. and let him score a hat trick against Jamies Pop, as a 3 finger salute to why he should never have sold him in order to buy "short stuff the yid"...
Midge
07/07/2009 13:52:00
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Pompey should defo buy him, top of the shopping list.
PompeyFcMad
07/07/2009 14:23:00
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Bring him back, he obviously wants to come home
Lemmi
07/07/2009 14:37:00
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Yes, bring him back! Just what we need. A player who will actually want to play for Portsmouth, and give his 'all'. Agree with PompeyFcMad, he should be top of the shopping list! Also Along with Gary O'Neil.
.Andrew.
07/07/2009 14:58:00
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I would like to remember my time of Benji leaving us after finally scoring goals. Please don't ruin this by bringing him back, he may not be able to repeat that.
sneakay
07/07/2009 14:59:00
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Must say the injuries worry me a bit, but you can't fault the guy on work rate. Mind you saying that we have got a younger and fit bloke in Nugget so do we need him back?? I would like to think that we would have enough money to go out and get a real top class striker and midfielder to strenghten the team. We won't know what SAF's plans are until the damn deal is done, who knows we may just get a couy;le of players who in fairness we would have been grateful of 3 months ago to just keep us going or he may come in and be like Citeh. Just hope that we get movement on the training ground as thats where the business is done by the players during the week and then a commitment on the ground. To stay in the prem is paramount next year, that goes without saying , but money does need to be chanelled in the right direction.
blarmy
07/07/2009 15:11:00
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He simply has not looked the same player since he joined man city, and the cliche "never go back" always comes to mind. but...
pompeycarpet
07/07/2009 15:33:00
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I'm split, sitting on the fence, half and half or any other expression that you could use to describe my feeling s on Benji coming back. I loved everything about the guy, right down to his massive smile. But could he deliver goals? and that after all is what his job would be. I'll never forget his hat-trick against Reading, but that was a bizarre game and a one off. Overall and despite his work-rate he wasn't a prolific scorer, just like Nugget. I really do think that we need someone who can be a real menace in the box, and I'm afraid Benji ain't. If it's heart over head, yeah it would be brilliant to see him in the shirt again, but head over heart it's got to be leave it in the memory box.
cornypomp
07/07/2009 15:35:00
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Not a chance, sentiment doesn't win games!
pentonpompey
07/07/2009 15:49:00
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i think he would work very well just behind crouch. he is a tryer. proud to pull on the shirt something that defoe, pennant and many others have been missing since he has been gone.
longdistanceandy
07/07/2009 17:27:00
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