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Utaka, last of the golden era

Utaka, last of the golden era

He leaves to return to France, Montpellier to be precise, he knows French football well and faired better in the land of the Gaul and garlic, on his day he was unplayable, trouble is that day was once a season, he was in a red hot streak by his standards though, 2 goals in 2 games.

John will remembered as a man with great talent and little application, his demeanour was more West Indian than African, a lot of the time he seemed just disinterested, when he shone though, he shone brightly, Newcastle at St.James' comes to mind, also against Sunderland last season in the cup. He preferred to play up top rather than on the wing, but his lack of running curtailed that option very often.

He scored 7 league goals in 3 seasons, quite a poor return after seeming to be a superb signing after about 3 months into his stay, Pompey have alledgedly trousered £500k for the transfer, this and the savings on his earnings of about 30k a week looks to be the reason he was sold, hopefully now Pompey can push through a couple of new signings themselves.

As has been quoted on the forum though, he represents the last of the "moneybags Pompey" era, that is both a shame, yet a line drawn underneath our Walter Mitty period.



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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday January 29 2011
Time: 7:41PM

Comments

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Who is in then? Our squad is uper thin, can't see this going through without one or two reinforcements
paultsmouth
29/01/2011 19:54:00
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deleted my article and left paul's up and running - so long john, cannot say i am sorry to see you leave tho...
pompeyrug
29/01/2011 19:55:00
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We will miss him on the pitch but not in our hearts. The biggest waste of £7 million our club has ever spent. Does this mean we are almost defintley getting Norris?
PompeyJake
29/01/2011 20:05:00
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That's what I'm hoping Jake, be good sign if so.
paultsmouth
29/01/2011 20:07:00
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2 goals in 2 games i said on the new live txt commentry that there must have been scouts on the s/stand seats..good riddence i say
plymouth graham
29/01/2011 21:06:00
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If he had lived up to his potential, pay packet, and price....oh what could have been......but I'm left feeling "good riddance to bad rubbish" ......harsh but true ! PUP
BarneyArmy
29/01/2011 21:16:00
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My mates from Montpellier- les muckers ( pronounced muq ueeeerr zzzz) are very disappointed by this but they are saying it's €500 not £500. Dont suppose Pompey mind cos whatever the fee, getting him off the books is worth a cool £.72M saving.
russellm
29/01/2011 22:19:00
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thats per annum so about £.28M on the remainder of the season.
russellm
29/01/2011 22:21:00
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thats per annum so about £.28M on the remainder of the season.
russellm
29/01/2011 22:23:00
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No manager got the best out of him. I remember the Bolton goal and the pass to Kanu for Cup glory, the rest was a real disapponitment for a footballer with great pace. "Enigma" doesnt cut it! He should have been able to run Npower league defenders ragged and scare teams into being honest, but even the crowd seemed unable to take him to heart. I think we should have shown the Bolton goal on the screens in the warm up for home matches this season, psycological warfare perhaps? Never been encouraged by us to take people on, just sighed that he didnt run back to tackle, a failure all round.
Terraceman
29/01/2011 22:27:00
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