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What has happened to Lualua?

Today at Watford, one time much worshipped striker Lualua had an ideal opportunity to show us all what we`ve been missing, but more importantly what Harry Redknapp had been missing. Sadly he blew it.

Before we begin, I would like to point out that I have written this article after seeing the the worst performance I have ever seen from a player in a Pompey shirt. It is also after discussing with many of the away supporters at Watford today where we all again congregated to get behind our players. It pleases me not in singling out an individual but this is as a result of pages and pages of notes taken from our own supporters at the match today after I interviewed so many of them.

It has been very well documented what has been distracting Lualua off the field over the past year or so and this site is not about to rake over those coals again. But it has to be said that Lualua`s performance today was simply atrocious and completely wasted. When you need players to roll their sleeves up and fight, you expect them to be man enough to take on that mantle. Pompey clearly showed their fighting spirit on Saturday when they beat Manchester United at home but even then Lualua looked as interested in the match about as much as Deirdre Barlow is of quitting smoking.

This display (or complete lack of) from such a talented striker has become quite a pattern of late and one that infuriated Newcastle fans too when he was there. The poor attitude, the dropping of the shoulders, the ambling on the pitch, his whole body language demonstrates clearly that he has no apparent desire to play. A couple of months ago, he publicly spoke out against certain Pompey websites after they aired their personal displeasures of his off the field antics, this site was not one of those involved and would never advocate such behaviour. It has to be said however that he does little to prevent such attacks when he cannot give the support to the side that is so clearly required, he also shows nothing but complete contempt towards the supporters who have paid hard earned money to watch such a pathetic performance from what is rapidly becoming an extremely over-rated player.

Writing this article gives me no pleasure at all, I do not believe in targeting one individual for a poor team performance generally, but this time it has happened once too often. With a strike force that is on current form the worst performing in the Premiership, we needed commitment and not what we got from Lualua. Indeed, it was left up to our midfield again to score, when are we going to see a goal from our awful front line? Perhaps when Todorov plays we may have a chance, but Lualua was given the nod over him and had the ideal chance to show us all what we once were so proud of him for. Long gone are the days when the entire ground was chanting for him to be signed after he came to us on loan from Newcastle; long gone has the time gone when he gave one of the individual performances of the season when he destroyed Southampton at Fratton Park in the excellent 4-1 win.

Gone it seems is the vibrant, effervescent, talented, hard working and talismanic Lualua of old - what it appears we have now is someone who is just happy to pick up his salary for nothing more than pulling a Pompey shirt on. This is not the Pompey way, he should know by now we only want players who work hard and give 100%, we do not like anyone taking the Club or the supporters for granted - if Lualua is reading this then he should take a good, long hard look at himself as I am but only one of many, many, many others who are now questioning if we need him any more. Sadly football owes him nothing and he will get exactly that if he does not pull his socks up.




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The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 9 2007

Time: 7:23PM

Your Comments

Not been the same since his illness if you ask me!
merlin
Got to add... he was not the only player who let the side down today but he is the only one who has shown continual contempt for the club and us, the supporters.
TruePompeyBlue
Have to echo - once a favourite of mine - not any more
WalshWasGod
All so true unfortunately. He probably needs some medical or counselling help it would seem though, and I would question his selection by the manager at the moment. When at his best no-one quite knows what Lua will do next, but sadly I think most of us knew exactly what he was going to be like today.
alwaysblue
hes disappearing off the radar at the moment, he used to conlour up moments of brilliance combined moments of frustration, at the moment hes running into dead ends and giving the ball away cheaply, I think he needs a pre-season and to just start again next year, either here or elsewhere
paultsmouth
Not the same since the death of his son really, the heath issures haven't helped either... I not only question his selection today, maybe it would have been beter playing him with Benjani or Toddy, but the lack of Toddy and/or Benjani on the bench, they aren't injured are they? I'm with TruePompeyBlue, I hate picking out individuals for condemnation, I'm not one for having a go full stop and hate the way Kanu has all too often this season been singled out but LuaLua isn't right at the moment I couldn't believe his reaction when Rio scored the own goal on Saturday, he almost looked disappointed and didn't look at all interested today... He frustrates the hell out of me but I wouldn't want him leaving, a full pre-season behind him and he'll be back...
pompeyrug
Only here for the pay packet, should be disposed of at the end of the season.
bluedr
Not sure that I agree with these views bluedr, things aren't right with him but get this season out of the way and then judge him, and the 'moves forward' by the club next season more than this...
pompeyrug
Are you blaming the entire 4-2 defeat on one striker? By the rest of the team's standards in that match, I thought he did ok. It also seems you judging a player by the amount of off-the-pitch incidents he's been involved in. If this was done by everyone, Craig Bellamy would be considered as the worst player in the league.
Lysimachus
Lysimachus has returned!

Actually Lysimachus, it has nothing to do with finding a scapegoat. People such as myself were at the match and were disgusted with the attitude of this individual who has spent most of his season out of action whilst still picking up a huge salary for doing what he did yesterday - absolutely nothing.

This player has been complaining that he has not had the opportunity to prove himself this season and so was given the best chance he could have hoped for by having a place in the starting eleven - but instead he blew it, he let himself down, he let the manager down, he let the supporters down and worst of all he let the team and the club down.

to understand this more, you need to read everything first before making any judgment on anyone who has an opinion on this, no matter which way they go with it. That is not a dig at you, merely to explain that there is a great deal of information out there at present suggesting that this player should be shown the door.
TruePompeyBlue
he's been great since joining us. I feel pretty sorry for the guy having lost his kid. not really something i ever want myself or anyone i know go through something like that. it must affect him big time, no matter how much counselling or time off he is given. i hope that we get to see the best of him again because he's a top player when on form.
The Rabbi
traore was worst!
VitalPompeyAdmin
Lualua has had his problems and i think will need some time to sort himself out emotionally but i think it's worth the club trying to help him through this rather than discarding him. His talent is beyond doubt and i was beginning to think he was becoming more of a team man than he's previously shown untill his latest run in with the Police. Those charges have now been dropped so lets hope he can start to get back to becoming the Player we all know he can be.
Steve C
Traore was good, thank you very much.
Lysimachus
Lysimachus, you being sarcastic?
paultsmouth
all that crap with his ex-fiancee can't have helped much either
paultsmouth
He's a waste of space!! Get shot of him.
tommo3146
LuaLua is not a waste of space tommo3146. He's had problems which haven't helped but do we get rid of him off the back on one really poor showing... In fairness to the guy when he has played this season he hasn't been too bad, against Fulham at Fratton he frustrated me to tears but still played very well... Traore was good at being bad on Monday Lysimachus...
pompeyrug
 

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