Date: 1st August 2007 at 3:31pm
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Harry Redknapp has admitted that John Utaka’s ‘blistering pace’ is the key ingredient which he intends to make full use of this season, with this likely to see him used mostly as a wide attacker.

‘Utaka wants to play through the middle but I think he’s going to be playing wide’, Redknapp told the Pompey site.

‘I think he’ll give us a bit of pace. I’ve seen him play wide a few times before – he can play there no problem’.

He made the switch from a central to a wide attacking role at half time against Bournemouth on Tuesday night, which saw him more effective and far more threatening in 13 second half minutes than he had been in the whole of the first half, before he had to come off injured.

The injury however is not believed to be serious though, it is just a minor knock, but it is expected to be enough to keep him out of the Newport game tonight.

My thinking has always been that he would be used more as a wide player as opposed to an out and out striker anyway – but to have the option of either makes him all the more dangerous. If the second half showing against Bournemouth – before his injury – is anything to go by we are in for a treat and he will cause defenders all sorts of problems.

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