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Who will start up front Saturday?

Only three league goals in the last thirteen matches for Pompey's forwards does not auger too well for the future. The last time a forward scored was against Spurs on New Year's Day by Benjani. Prior to that, a goal by Kanu at home to Everton and one from Cole at Bolton are the only goals scored by a forward since Saturday November 18th - on that day, Lualua and Kanu scored both in the 2-1 win at home to Watford. Another way to look at it, that is just three goals in over 1,209 minutes of football, or over 20 hours play.

So maybe it is time for Kanu and Cole to be rested, perhaps given a half each? Alternatively, perhaps it is now time to drop them both and bring in new talent that is already progressing well in the reserves?

There are of course the likes of Lualua and Todorov to consider; Lualua can be devastating at the same time as frustrating, but he can open defences and get behind them. Todorov helped secure Pompey's survival towards the end of last season with some vital goals, even his presence caused problems for defences.

So who do you feel should start up front on Saturday against Manchester City? Should it be as before or perhaps a change in personnel is required? We have a poll to the right of this article with a few selections, perhaps one of those is your choice?

Either way, give us your views, let us know who you would like to see partnering each other up front.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 7 2007

Time: 3:52PM

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I want Toddy!!!!!!!!!! him and Benji work thier socks off. My loyalty lies with the Todorov!
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07/02/2007 17:57:00

Benji for his work rate & Toddy for his goal poaching skills.
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07/02/2007 18:07:00

Come on harry 2 against 1 you loose, Toddy & Benji it is!!!! Ha Ha
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07/02/2007 18:13:00

Can you play David James upfront ala Manchester City? We (Reading) could do with your lot dropping points in our quest to hold onto 6th - and with you still to come to the Madejski we'll need all the help we can get if the game at Fratton was anything to go by!
Thomas L'Heureux
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07/02/2007 18:44:00

I want Toddy too!!! bloody love him! but if this is the case, the midfield is gonna have to work hard & get that ball up there, hes not too pacey is our Toddy!
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07/02/2007 19:13:00

Think Benjani is a must, anyone of the other 3 to partner him. but it'll make no difference unless the ball gets to them.
Steve C
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07/02/2007 19:15:00

Hold on, i think i'm agreeing with steve c my choice would be toddy, at least he loves this club, and will give effort, and, although the boy just cant score, benji just has to start. wow, look at the poll.
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07/02/2007 19:38:00

I said on previous thread i thought Toddy is the best poacher, but having Benji next to him may not be the answer. LoL even though i voted for them. Kanu holds up well so maybe he could partner Toddy. Cant see it though, Toddy hasnt played a match for a while a sharpness is everything.
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07/02/2007 19:56:00

Benji brings the power and pace! also he can hold the ball up and Toddy well his love for the club is worth a thousand goals! Toddy knows where the back of the net is!!!
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07/02/2007 20:54:00

understand what you say russ, but how sharp are kanu and cole?
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07/02/2007 21:17:00

P4Me the answer is currently not very, but they do have match practice and the only reason Toddy is still here is because Harry cannot off load him. As i said before i proposed Toddy and Benji to start for the wigan game but even as i typed it i felt harry wouldnt doit. You must have noticed he is loyal ( frequently too so) to players he signed that season, and thinks are going to do it for him.
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07/02/2007 22:11:00

Whittingham & Walsh. There was a great double act.
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07/02/2007 22:43:00

Seems many are advocating Todorov. Why not give him a chance, the rest can't score in a brothel !!
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07/02/2007 23:22:00

benji and kanu to START up front, but toddy on for kanu early second half if things are looking dire.
pompey pessimist
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08/02/2007 07:46:00

Benjani is the first player out of the lot I'd put on the team sheet, who plays with him though... I'd agree with the majority and say Todorov, the others haven't delivered for a while so its not like its going to make it any worse giving him a chance! As it is unlikely Redknapp will do this I'd like to LuaLua alongside him... He frustrates the hell out of me, you and everyone but at least he'll create openings for himself and if he decides to pass others...
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08/02/2007 09:49:00

My car will start up for once.
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08/02/2007 10:14:00

just had the most delicious raspberry jam on toast. very nice.
The Rabbi
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08/02/2007 10:32:00

Blimey a 15 Year old who starts his car and someone who blows raspberries whilst making a toast....WELL OILED BEEF HOOKED !! - Good Luck Pompey we bloody well need it now, more than ever.....
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08/02/2007 11:32:00

I think that the midfield is gonna have to work hard & get that ball up there, the key is midfield, they must make chances for Benjani.Lualua, Kanu and co.
andy croat 27
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08/02/2007 12:49:00

Benjani & Cole is the most likely goalscoring duo, Toddy as much as we all love him can't get a look in, and Kanu looks off the pace at the moment, Lua Lua dosen't look match fit and is a better option off the bench
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08/02/2007 21:42:00

Niko played for croatia vs norway, croatia win 2:1 and niko was made double assist, great match, croatia smash norway and niko played very important role....
andy croat 27
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09/02/2007 07:54:00

Niko has bags of talent, remember when he ripped England to shreads!. I firmly believe he will do well for us!! When depends on when Harry finds his best position.
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09/02/2007 11:42:00

'Smash' 2-1 ? NORWAY pal....but good to hear that Croats play good sometimes (not against Australia in World Cup though). Hope he plays well against the City.
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09/02/2007 11:46:00

Looking at the reserves game this week, stick Berlin on the bench! he's got a hat-rick ya know!
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09/02/2007 12:39:00

for pompeygray, you didn't watch that match....norway looks something like england vs Spain .... :-)) ..just joke
andy croat 27
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09/02/2007 12:44:00

or maybe like england vs croatia in zagreb!!!!!!!
andy croat 27
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09/02/2007 12:45:00

Duck - Incoming!!!!
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09/02/2007 13:56:00

How about trying Douala with Benjani, i believe he can play either wide or up front and it would certainly add some pace.
Steve C
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09/02/2007 14:19:00

seems to me we are pushing for Benji and Toddy the only combo not yet seen this season, but i still dont think harry wants Toddy but i agree with Ruggers and i reckon it will be LL. so im getting into practice PASS PASS FOR ***** SAKE PASS
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09/02/2007 15:16:00

lol think the poll says it all
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09/02/2007 18:00:00

Belive it or not id play Cole and Lua Lua up top, lua lua has some magic left in him and you would bet coley wud love to score against his former employers, lua come deep to get the ball and coley to play in and around the box. Could work !?!
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09/02/2007 18:48:00

when it works Kanu and Benjani are the best partnership but it's not working, although that probably has as much to do with the lack of service from midfield as anything else.
Steve C
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09/02/2007 19:00:00

Ridgey you may be right but isnt that relying on LuaLua passing, something he is loathe to do. Steve we do seem to see kanu coming back a lot for the ball, but he is not likely to be seen running on to a through ball from 35 yards, sadly i think the Boro goal was a landmark event, who knows with Benji, is it really a 4 4 2 when they play together. What i think is progress is that Harry at least recognises that there is a problem and that both Kanu, lua lua and benji all prove me wrong tomorrow... I'm putting a tenner on us to win
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09/02/2007 19:12:00

yep Kanu and Benjani can work well. Benjani and Lua Lua was the two that started us off on that run!
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09/02/2007 20:01:00

I really think the problem lies in midfield, strikers can only score if they get the ball. Kanu coming back for the ball is just evidence that the balls not getting to the forward positions forcing strikers to drop deep, then there's nobody in scoring positions when the ball does get there.
Steve C
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09/02/2007 21:12:00

You're right about midfield but HR won't drop Lauren to accomodate Davis and Lauren is not dynamic enough to play anything but defensively - so the midfield passes well but gets nowhere. Kanu and Lua Lua.
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10/02/2007 09:45:00

All the more reason why "my head is stuck in the sand" Redknapp needs to drop Johnson, to hell with any contractual agreements, what stupid idiot would agree to such terms in the first place? No manager, chairman or chief executive with any common sense would allow such an agreement in a contract for a loan player, which is what has happened with Johnson. This means then that no matter how bad a player performs, he is always going to be selected. What is needed is Johnson dropped for a couple of matches with Lauren taking up his rightful place at RB. Ten our midfield can get back to being a midfield again instead of an open door. Sort it out Harry, you are meant to be the manager and that means making MANLY decisions!!!!
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10/02/2007 09:59:00

drop johnson, now you're talking my language!!
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10/02/2007 11:11:00

lads lads and play who??? Lauren at right back won't give us the attacking threat Johnson provides!
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10/02/2007 11:42:00

I dont see the attacking threat, he runs down the line, realises he cant beat the full back, comes back onto his left and then just dollies a poor cross over! But, if a player doesnt fit your eye, you only ever see the negative. Come on pompey lets 'ave it today!
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10/02/2007 14:05:00

Had a great game today though!
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10/02/2007 22:09:00


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