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What next for Pompey's LuaLua?

The unpredictable, yet undisputed talent that Lomana LuaLua posses has never been questioned, nor should it, but his attitude, work ethic and off the field activities all too often have - and although not always fully justified, a fair proportion of the time rightly so.

He came off the bench at half time against Bournemouth on Tuesday night to score a 19 minute hat trick, which I believe is the fist of his career, to make a point not only to the club and the fans, but I am hoping also to himself?

Yep, it is only pre season, but that makes it 4 goals for him in 5 outings, which is a couple more than he scored in the entire 2007/08 season, as disrupted as it was by injuries and lack of form.

I have to be honest, I cannot turn round now and say I have wanted him to stay all along, as there have been times when I have thought to myself, as well as openly admitted that I think it would be best for all concerned for him to go. But I have never once been one of the band, which is a genuinely small one that has been anti LuaLua no matter what he does.

My thinking has always been that if he can apply himself in the right way, with him being willing to put up a fight to stake a claim for a place in the team and then show he can play for that team then the LuaLua we all love, but seldom see these days could return.

He wants to be loved, which he is, but you have to take the rough with the smooth, you cannot expect this if the effort is not being shown in return. Some sections of the crowd will always want him to fail - for whatever reason, but the only one that can ultimately prove his worth is LuaLua himself.

Starting at the Barclays Asia Trophy, he was looking hungry again and looked as though he was willing to put up this fight. He played for the team, chased back and won tackles in both halves of the pitch. His penalty was the best of the bunch and his brilliantly taken hat trick against the Cherries should leave him brimming with confidence.

If Spain is where he wants to be, that is where he will go, but if Harry Redknapp was undecided before the Bournemouth match, he will be even more so now, but any thoughts to offload him might just have been put on the back burner for now - as seems the case with what he has said on the Pompey site - and LuaLua could quite possibly get the chance to back his claims that he has 20 goals in him if he has the chance.

At this point in time, what might have looked an unlikely pairing to start the season could quite possibly end up being Benjani and LuaLua after all?

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Date:Wednesday August 1 2007

Time: 8:39AM

Your Comments

it leaves him at the plate !
VanMan
Totally agree, there is no doubting his talent, just his application to the cause. I would only be happy to see him leave on the assumption that we could sign a better player as replacement ie the likes of Kanoute of Defoe. If he stays the real tst is going to be how fed up he gets being super sub again as I feel that he will still be 4th choice behind Nugent, Benji, and Utaka oh and that other bloke Kanu if he gets his arse into gear and signs.
blarmy
When he plays as he did last night, he is almost unplayable. trouble is it's only ever in fits and starts. Have to admit he gave Nuggat a lesson in link up play and finishing last night.
pentonpompey
when utaka swtiched out wide he seemed pretty explosive - so he will spend most of his time out there wont he you would expect... things are basically down to lualua himself now arent they, if he applies himself he still has a big part to play, if he cannot be bothered he wont - and prob wont last the season, if he does it will most certainly be his last...
pompeyrug
Agreed re Utaka, thought he look good out wide, until his knock. If we get another striker in, can't see Lua wanting to be a seat warmer for too long. Any news yet about "I'll sign when i want to" Kanu?
pentonpompey
if he applies himself he might not be as much of the bench warmer as it might appear he could be? players will be needed wont they, so they will all play their part - taking it when it comes up is what needs to be done... maybe lualua could be used out wide to give extra width, so long as he decides to pass? its ridiculous isnt it now mate tbh... we are talking a couple of months worth of decision time now for kanu arent we. it is way beyond a joke now and the time has come for one side to put their foot firmly down!
pompeyrug
I think regards the Kanu saga, he really hasn't got much choice but to sign, as he is not exactly having loads of interest made in him, much the same as when we took him on from the bagies. Also I think Arry/Storie ought to say sign by end of week or you don't feature in our plans, although he's good he ain't that good that he can dictate to our great club.
blarmy
for me the problem is he was playing Bournemouth and we have yet to see in a meaningfull match. If Kanoute comes LL will be off to spain, until then people should get off his back and give him the chance to prove us all wrong.
russellm
LuaLua was born offside. If he can overcome that problem and bring other players into the game (as it sounded last night) then he will be in our around the starting XI
eastneydave
Villarea; have just bought the young strike Rossi from Man U, the spanish side are apprently expecting one more incomming and a departure.
russellm
Damn Lua, if he wasnt so damn good I wouldnt care if he left. The prob is, he has as much skill as anyone in the prem FACT. But who knows which Lua will step out on the pitch game to game!
CharlieChimes
agree charlie - if he warn so darned good, he could leave...it would seem wasteful for him to elave, and yet he needs to be consistant to get a starting position. I would be quie upset, however, if it is Benji and LuaLua that start upfront next season - what with complaining about lack of strikers, we cant go and then choose the 2 we already had!
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