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Kanu set for Pompey return?

Kanu is now fit for selection and Harry Redknapp is considering resorting him to the starting 11 for the game with Everton this weekend, most likely going back to 2 men up top as he told The News: 'Kanu's training and playing at the moment and should be okay for Saturday.

'Last week was just a little bit early for him, he was about 70 per cent fit at that stage.

'He played up front with Benji the last time he was fit and I would consider it again against Everton.

'We scored seven goals at home playing one up front against Reading but didn't score any against Man City the other week playing two. But I don't think it's necessarily about systems.

'It's about players and Kanu is quality. He has done a fantastic job for us since I brought him here, he really has.

Kanu always appears to be at the 70 per cent stage though doesn't he...

I do like Kanu and he does have that something that most others do not, and while I think I would go back to a 4-4-2 this weekend as we did against City the other week I would prefer to see Dave Nugent start alongside Benjani and leave Kanu on the bench and bring him on later, if needed.

My own thinking since he decided to stay has been that Kanu would probably be used best as an impact player from the bench, this along with the showing Nugent put in last time he played has earned him a start in my own opinion.

The 4-5-1/4-3-3 is working fantastically well away from home but this is not having the same impact at Fortress Fratton, as more often than not team are not allowing us to utilise this with quick breaks, as they are putting men behind the ball patiently waiting and settling for a point. A 4-4-2 does give us more options attacking wise, so I do expect to see this again this weekend - but who would be left out?

Either way Redknapp does have a few selection posers ahead of him again this weekend, which is not a bad thing at all...

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 28 2007

Time: 4:21PM

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if only he was 5 years younger........
PompeyGleamer
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28/11/2007 16:44:00

he would only be about 32 then wouldnt he :-) in all seriousness kanu has been fantastic for us, but i just wish he wasnt virtually 'always' assured of a place in the 1st team when fit...
pompeyrug
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28/11/2007 17:00:00

32? is he really ONLY 37?!?!?!? i think the fella is a great football player, but he is too old to be starting a game, and should be coming on as an impact player (eg cheval in the rugby world cup). anyway, everton will be looking to win the game, so it wont hurt to play 4-5-1, as it worked so well when reading were trying to win. And remember, harry will say one thing, and do another, as he did agaisnt man city (we're not changing formations...4-4-2?) - so anything could really happen
pompeycarpet
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28/11/2007 17:09:00

Kanu's never been a fans favourite but he's been pretty awesome for us. Sometimes he's unplayable.
stillthewhizz
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28/11/2007 18:00:00

redkanap arrested!
retro hat
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28/11/2007 18:23:00

uhoh
pompeycarpet
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28/11/2007 18:57:00

Maybe Harry won't be picking the team on Saturday afterall ! On the Kanu thing I think against Everton we need to 11 fully committed players who will run their socks off and (especially) be sharp and alert to hit Everton on the break as they try and win the game .... Does Kanu fit that description ?... not in my book.
Chix
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28/11/2007 19:05:00

like i say, what harry says (said?!?!?!?) doesnt necesarily mean anything, but i agree chix, we want to out run them. agaisnt sunderland, evertons movement off the ball was terific - we wil have to keep up with them, AND run rings round them to win - so for me, no kanu...
pompeycarpet
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28/11/2007 19:08:00

They generally do very well against us & it's going to be a very tough game against them.
storagematt
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28/11/2007 19:41:00

ive always liked kanu and last season - around christmas time when he was getting alot of grief - i constantly supported the fella. im not sure if many people around now were then so maybe people wont know? this said im with rev Chix i think we need someone that can give his all from the off against everton and kanu cannot really do this - bring him on, but dont start him...
pompeyrug
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28/11/2007 19:46:00

if we ignore the man u game, then we have won at home having scored early goals, and in the rest (0-0 draws) we have threatened loads early on and always just missed, and then ending up drawing 0-0. so its important we play for the early goal. and push hard for it
jbaker
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28/11/2007 23:16:00

yep the longer the game goes and the away team frustrate us and hold us out the harder it will be to score, if we can get an early goal against everton i reckon we could get a couple.
pompeyrug
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