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Time for LuaLua to say goodbye?

Lomana LuaLua no longer has the heart for Pompey! Not my view, yours - although these findings from Sachas_Brother's poll are thoughts I regrettably think I now share?

The majority that voted are of the opinion that it is probably time that LuaLua and Portsmouth Football Club parted company.

In light of his latest 'reported' outburst - earlier in the week - in which he is claimed to have said 'In countries like Spain, a player of my talent would have a team built around them' and 'Everyone has special gifts and fortunately I'm one of those players that can do unexpected and unpredictable things - but that is not always appreciated over here.' This just compounded most people's thinking that is time for change despite the fact, much like myself, the majority like the fella and always have.

Obviously the final say will come down to Harry Redknapp and Sasha Gaydamak, earlier indications are that Redknapp is very keen to keep LuaLua - and if he stays I will obviously support this, as will everyone else.

How you voted - yes does not have the heart for Pompey 65%, maybe - lets see what the gaffer thinks 21%, no still has match winning potential 14%,

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Is Redknapp saying this more out of hope than expectation or is he right should we believe we can still get there, 'Do you share Redknapp's optimism that England can qualify for Euro 2008?,' let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 9 2007

Time: 12:14PM

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A MESSAGE FOR LUALUA, if you do indeed read this - as russellm suggests players often do read comments on fans sites - prove to us your determination and fighting spirit to stay at the club you say you love and show us the talent - on a regular basis - that we all know you have. dont let this go to waste mate... we all know what you are capable of and all want you to be part of our future success but for this we need players that want to be here and that want to play as a team. if this is something you are unwilling to do then we all know what the solution is... time will tell what happens with lualua and pompey, but if you stay show us the real lualua - not the lualua were have seen all too much recently...
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09/06/2007 12:25:00

LL has had a tragic loss and some difficult times, some of his doing some not. TBH Pompeyrug as soon as the late night drinking problems started I always believed he (LuaLua) would need to move on so that he can move on, and spain where they dont really have the drinking culture that we have here could be a good plan for him. I also think reading between the lines of what he was saying during the week it's obvious that he liked it when he was the big fish in our small pond. Now he realises the proverbial pond is bigger and likewise the other fish he doesnt like it. Again if he went to a small spanish club like Levante he would once again be the big fish in that pond
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09/06/2007 12:35:00

He has a bad year off the pitch & that has the obvious bad impact on the pitch. He is only human after all. I think he does need to move on for his sake. Pompey has already moved on.
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09/06/2007 12:43:00

agreed fellas lualua certain is no longer numero uno is he and he does crave this... the tradedy of the loss of his son has clearly - and understandably - had a major impact on him and as i have said before, maybe even more so they he knows even tho he openly admits how much it has. it will be a sad day if/when he goes but again as you fellas point out for his own sake it is most likely in his interests to do so sooner rather than later...
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09/06/2007 12:55:00

With all due respect here, a lot of people suffer loss of children young and old - my great gran lost 9 out of 12 of her children in the early part of the last century - but still don't let their life disappear down the pan as a result. Am I the only one thinking we're kicking the arse out of this excuse on his behalf?
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09/06/2007 13:34:00

well Et_Tu as i said some of his difficulties are of his own making.
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09/06/2007 13:57:00

slightly changing the subject it seems Kanu has thrown down an ultimatum today. For me two goals in 4 months is just not good enough so i expect the wage bill will have a large ommission to off set against the expected adds.
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09/06/2007 14:01:00

Thats a very good point, because he is our top scorer, its easy to think he was better than he was. I think hes a great player & still has plenty to offer our team, but, theirs always a but, I would much rather see us spend the extra money he wants on a new young striker, who wants to prove himself. Nothing can replace that instinct of wanting to be the best, personnal I think Kanu is past thoughs days!
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09/06/2007 14:35:00

LL, thanks for all you have done. but goodbye!
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09/06/2007 17:55:00

yep in agreement fellas lets take kanu up on his wish and let him leave then put his wages towards someone else - someone that would be capable of playing for 2 years, at least...
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10/06/2007 01:07:00

Lualua, one of the most talented and exciting players in the Premiership that can unlock any defence on his day. Without doubt the hero of the hour two seasons ago when he destroyed Southampton with his stunning display, ripping apart their defence and had he not been injured would certainly without doubt have got his hattrick.

Then his following season fell apart, emotional problems, injury problems, a desire to be successful only adding to his frustration.

Get of his back people, this guy has got the talent, energy and provided people get behind him, the attitude to take this club further. He has had a lot to contend with and whilst we cannot carry passengers, he has shown frequently why we need to keep hold of him. I'd sooner have him in our squad than having to face him at least twice in a season in someone elses.

I am sure that with this season now well andtruly out of the way, he will use the summer to get back to his best and with Kanu out of the way, he will be able to start the season with the strength of Benjani beside him - a pairing that when fit I feel would be one of the most devastating in the Premiership.

If Laulua does indeed read these sites Pompeyrug, I hope he takes you up on your challenge, I have always rated the guy and could not believe it when we first signed him on loan.

Good luck for the coming season Lualua, show everyone what your made of but please take this little piece of advice; don't hog the ball, use other payers too, don't get involved in issues off the field that you know will not only bring you in contempt but also the club. Be proud, be loud, be alive again Lualua, remember what Treasor means.
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10/06/2007 17:13:00

Your last paragraph TPB sums up what we all said last season when he was first "unloved". apart from 1 game when he made 6 passes it didnt work, defences keep him going side ways and he wanted success for him more than his team mates. cant see that changing until he stops blaming the fans and manager for his very ordinary performances.
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10/06/2007 22:36:00

TPB, yep he does have the talent and whilst i do hope that he can take me up on my challenge i am not sure he can/will... in a way i cant quite understand why you are so quick to write off kanu but do not like the thought of people doing the same with lualua? fair enough the fella has been here longer and we all know what he can do but at the same time kanu has been around the block a few times with some of europe's finest - so the fella obviously has something about him too... lualua has had a lot to contend with but he does not help himself with alot of the abuse that is directed towards him... as said i love the fella and would love for it to work out for him here, but i am not sure it will?
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10/06/2007 23:25:00

Its all about atitude. If he really thinks were asking to much wanting more than 2 goals a season & wanting him to pass to other players giving them an opertunity then we dont want him! I would never question this guys talent, I think hes one of the most talented in the prem, I truly believe that.....but how long do we wait???
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11/06/2007 13:17:00

For me Pompeyrug, whilst Lualua sometimes moans about the supporters getting on his back (something that Kanu doesn't really get is booing and Lualua has had to deal with a lot and it disgusts me, they are scum who do that), Lualua has not held the Club to ransom by saying give me a longer contract or I'm off. He has stuck to his game, he has applied himself and I am certain he will be back to his good self next season.

Kanu on the other hand threw his bricks out of his pram, spat his dummy on the floor and threw a hissy fit because he was only offered a 1 year contract - has he not actually asked himself why?? Until Harry brought him here, Kanu had no offers whatsoever and was out of contract at West Brom, which means he would not even have been playing. He should be grateful for the opportunity Harry gave him, instead of biting the hand that has fed him for the last ten months.

Lualua may be a shadow of his former self, but that I am sure is a temporary issue, especially when you consider what he has gone through. I defy anyone to not have been affected by the way he was treated when his son died and the his country's coach didn't tell him about it until after the ANC was over - that was a major catalyst for a lot of what happened.

At least Lualua an run too, Kanu can't even run a bath!
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11/06/2007 13:30:00

CharlieChimes, fair point mate... i know what you are saying TPB and i have been a massive lualua fan for as long as i remember, even tho he is so frustrating it is unreal and i have repeatidly agreed with your reasonings on lualua - even saying i think he is being affected even more than he himself knows - but as someone else has pointed out maybe we are using this reasoning too much? i would never boo lualua or any other players for that matter and like you i agree people that do are scum but he has to start helping himself out more - on and off the pitch - if this means getting professional help so be it...
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11/06/2007 14:27:00


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