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Kanu nearer to Pompey farewell

As much as Harry Redknapp would like to keep Kanu, he has said in The News that he thinks the Nigerian will be playing his football elsewhere next season.

'I think Kanu might move somewhere else.

'It wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world to me if he did. He's a strong character.

'He's been offered a year and will get another year if he plays 20 games in all competitions. That's the way it works. It's fair.

'The 20-game figure is a safeguard in case the fitness of a player suddenly goes.

'If a player has been injured, for instance, and hasn't played 20 games, but he's done well and is in good shape, then I could look to keep him.

'It's not as if I'm going to bomb someone out if they've done well but haven't played exactly 20 games.'

Yes, I would agree with Redknapp, but would be less unsure about it - Kanu will be leaving Pompey. This is something I think most of us have accepted as being the case for sometime now. My thinking is that this situation will come to a conclusion in the next week or so.

I can understand Kanu wanting this security but can understand the clubs reluctance to give it to him even more.

Like Redknapp, I too like Kanu - and personally I do feel that some of his criticism has been a bit extreme - but do think we need someone else now. I also do not think he is up to the challenge of playing 2-years of football in this country and he knows this himself - ergo reasons for wanting the security he is after, to safeguard himself.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 18 2007

Time: 6:05PM

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Will always remember the goals he scored for us especially in the first half of last season. Probably for the best for all concerned.
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18/06/2007 18:12:00

I do think he'll be on his way
Johnny Kipper
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18/06/2007 18:15:00

what can u do?? the contract is fair, its just the way it goes, hes on the way out though isnt he.
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18/06/2007 18:26:00

did well first half season actually he did great first half of the season but what we lacked was cosistency and he emobodied that. Too much complaining and thats what a lot of fans will remember him for so good to go i say.
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18/06/2007 18:45:00

the offer on the table was uncharacteristically ( some of those letters must be right) fair from the club. So he still talks in the third person and still thinks he is a genius then we shouldnt stop him.
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18/06/2007 18:48:00

I'd still remember him as a decent player at Pompey but I doubt he can replicate the better half of his performance from last season.
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18/06/2007 18:49:00

Twenty games, that's all. If he's not confident of playing 20 games in 9.5 months then he's no good for us. We need confident, fit, driven players who want to play and will compete for 1st team places. As it happens, I bet all the 'top clubs' who have been 'courting' him suddenly drop off the radar as the break nears its end. I don't remember a club being linked with the meastro (maestro) for a while now . . . . . .
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18/06/2007 19:52:00

BUT - I enjoyed him playing for us and he DOES change his mind, which he should be thoroughly ashamed and embarassed about, I'll be pleased.
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18/06/2007 19:54:00

er . . . that should be 'if he DOES change' etc.
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18/06/2007 19:55:00

Wahoo!! Let's all have a disco, let's all have a disco, la la la la, la la la la!

Sorry guys, I can't share your feelings over this, I'm pleased to see the back of him. any player who wants to hold the lcub to ransom is best gone in my books, the sooner the better. Harry took this guy off the scrap heap and gave him a chance - then the ungrateful misfiring misfit demands a two year contract! He has done bugger all since November and proved that he cannot run to save his life.

Bye bye Kanu, thanks for the first half of the season, sadly there are two halves - shame you didn't turn up for the second part!
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18/06/2007 20:33:00

I totally agree. He never turned up for the second half of the season and I certainly won't miss him. He thinks he is a football genius but he's not. His heart wasn't in the game and the ammount of times I watched him and noticed how lazy he was. He didn't run for the ball at all. He played football if the ball was put to his feet but didn't if it wasn't. Not being funny he hasn't got much accelaration to get away from people. Let him go I say.
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18/06/2007 21:22:00

I think we need to keep Toddy though
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18/06/2007 21:23:00

i thought you might break open the champers TPB :) well i like the fella but i think it is probably best that he moves on... i am still not so sure he has moaned as much as the media have portrayed tho and i can understand why he wants what he wants - but understnad why we are saying what we are more. he is being unrealistic by not signing tbh and i dont think we are being unfair... i would agree POMPEYMEV that we certainly keep toddy - even tho i wanted this anyway...
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18/06/2007 22:08:00

It's funny, isn't it, of all our players, Svet is the one who we all BELIEVE will come on and score that sneaky goal. Unfortunately, the Premiership is the not really the place to take chances on players so he'll only get a chance if he plays blinders in the reserves or we are out of players for a match. I love him and hope he stays and proves everyone wrong.
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19/06/2007 08:18:00

Bye bye kanu, you came, you scored, you then fell asleep and got greedy. Good luck in Holland where the defences are a little more generous.
The Rabbi
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19/06/2007 08:45:00

I kept it on ice for as long a possible Rug, honest!! What people like Kanu seem to forget with the typical Pompey fan is that we honour those who honour us; you don't have to be a prolific player or goalscorer to win us over, but you do need to be a committed and hard working player. Some asked, including you Rug, why people were not so quick to jump on Banjani last season as much as they have Kanu this season and the reason is simple; Benjani has never stopped working, he has never sat and criticised, even when dropped, he has never moaned about his contract and he has never stopped running - that is why we all love him so much. He is dedicated, hard working and committed.

Now we are not saying they have to be committed to the Club, that would be unrealistic as any player will always want to get as much as he can and play at the highest level. But it is within the individual that we all seek those qualities and if they haven't got it in themselves then they are no use to us as part of a team either.

Kanu, we're tired of hearing about you wanting a two year contract, you cannot deliver a whole season yet, you had your chance and blew it, you're fired! Please don't insult us further by backstabbing the club when you have signed for another - if it wasn't for Harry Redknapp then you would not even have been plying Premiership football at all any more!
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19/06/2007 09:04:00

i may have questioned why people were so quick to jump on kanu but i am not so sure about the jumping on him but not benjani thing, i may be wrong but i cannot recall doing that as i really and i mean really like the fella - i think he is worth his weight in gold even if he is not in goals... benjani might not score but he is the first name - forward wise - i would want on the team sheet every week... my thinking remains that if we bring in a goalscorer to play alongside bejnai he too will score more...
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19/06/2007 09:32:00

bejnai is a promising striker we have, but benjani is better - deliberate typo there :)
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19/06/2007 09:34:00

...and equally, Banjani is another one to look at, though again Benjani is better! (Two editors, two typos - oops!)
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19/06/2007 10:32:00

well, have fun in Holland Kanu (if they still want you) - maybe if we put benjani and toddy togethor... and wheres the option in your poll for 2 strikers and loose kanu? - we need at least that if we are to score any goals next season!
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19/06/2007 13:25:00

Bit Harsh. as you say there are 2 halves to the season, but if we were not in top 4 for most of that, we would not have finished where we did. So we shouldnt mock him. If he can only do half the season thats fine by me, and as that equates to over 20 games, if you include some league and fa cup games, then that should also be enough for him, as he would get his 2nd year deal. I think he is doubtfull he could sustain that this season and therefore was hoping for a 2 year deal. But put yourself in his shoes, and we would ALL have done the same. I dont want him to go, its not all about scoring, but also about ball holding, ball control, bringing others into the game etc, and he is still a master at that. but if he does leave, then i wish him well and thank him for all he done. good luck for the future Kanu. and those who critisise??? well you should get out there and show us what you can do.
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19/06/2007 16:05:00

Before i get the crap back from the Extremists like i did last time i made a comment agaist the grain. Its only my views, and we will always disagree, thats what makes us great lol
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19/06/2007 16:10:00

Nothing wrong with going against the grain Midge, it can be fun and I think a lot of your posting was right Midge. I also said he had a great first half of the season, but as fans who pay to watch committed proffesionals we have a right to complain. I agree his ball holding was excellent but he is a striker and paid to score and when he cant score and is briefing the press and blackmail the club whilst it is dropping places, yes we can complain. Remember it is peoples entrance fee's that contribute to paying his wages, so yes we have a right to criticise. I think TruePompeyBlue in his daily rant raised a good point, if a player puts effort in pompey fans like you Midge will back him. it may be noticed that even LuaLua has shut up for the moment, but Kanu, not a bit of it and he still talks in the third person, which really grips my ****.
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19/06/2007 17:20:00

Has he gone yet? Does he want a lift? I'll pay the petrol if he's stuck for cash?
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19/06/2007 18:19:00

To hell with that, I'll even drive him to the airport!
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19/06/2007 20:34:00

TPB you are worse than me with an agent
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20/06/2007 00:54:00

You can come along for the ride too if you want Russell, then we can both make sure he gets on the plane to Holland!
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20/06/2007 10:57:00


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