Date:Monday February 12 2007
After the entire Pompey strike force only managed 3 league goals between them in over 13 matches (until Kanu`s goal against City on Saturday), many were beginning to wonder just which striking partnership was going to be more successful. At the start of the season, Kanu was the leading scorer in the Premiership until mid-October. He was in partnership with Benjani for the majority of the time, a partnership that looked to have been quite formidable. But injuries and typical Redknapp "fine tuning" meant the goals started to dry up; even the much travelled Andrew Cole - the second highest goalscorer in the history of the Premiership - appeared to have lost his touch. The hard working and charismatic Fratton favourite Benjani never stops running but managing to put the ball into the net is something that has largely eluded him.
So what was the answer? Who would have in your opinion provided the best alternative up front for Pompey? Many will never forget the rampant and cavalier performance of Lualua as he destroyed local rivals Southampton two seasons ago. Many will also remember the goal scoring exploits of Svetoslav Todorov in the old First Division, whose goals at the end of last season also helped to complete that amazing relegation escape.
So the poll eventually showed who you felt was the ideal pairing up front. Naturally this is only a mere representation and does not mean that it is an absolute presentation of every Pompey supporter. It does though reflect how many felt over the way the goals have dried up, the results are as follows:
Benjani & Todorov - 39%
Kanu & Benjani - 16%
Cole & Kanu - 13%
Cole & Benjani - 10%
Lualua & Todorov - 9%
13% of those voted did not feel that any of the above were suitable as a partnership, sadly none of them commented on who they would have preferred to have seen.
On Saturday, Kanu came off the bench and scored the winner in the match against Manchester City, this was the fourth goal scored by our strikers in 14 matches. Some could argue that at least the goals are going in, even if they are from the midfield or defence. But it has to be recognised that the role of a striker is to score goals and with matches now fast running out, any hope of a place in Europe will surely require a bigger input from the strike force at Pompey.
That said, this has been an amazing season and many of us would have been more than delighted to have found ourselves not only safe from relegation at this point in the season - but also very proud to be sitting quite comfortably in 7th spot in what is regarded as the best league in the world. Just look at the clubs below us - Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa and of course, Manchester City.
Many thanks to all those who voted.
Date:Monday February 12 2007
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