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this kid, only 16, looks real quality in our youth teams...first became aware of him on some foreign trip in pre-season and he looked very skillful then...anyway saw some clips of our victory in the youth cup on chelsea tv and he basically won the game for us...brilliant assist and then a great finish for the second goal...but has so many tricks a la joe cole...there was one moment where he dragged the ball back with his right foot and back flicked it with his heel into the path of a forward and it almost led to a goal.

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heard nothing but good things about this kid. I just really hope we start giving the kids a chance! With sinclair, especially, starting to make the odd appearance ni the first team, it would be great to see them gradually brought through the ranks. However, if we fail to see any progress with sinclair, I feel it could take something extra special to break into the first team from the youth ranks. I hope Kakuta is the something extra special

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He did look very good on Thursday night, caused the Leicester defence a huge amount of problems. I think I remember hearing that AG was at the game, so hopefully he's earmarked Kakuta as a first-team prospect in the near future. Maybe give him a few sub appearances at the end of the season if the league is done and dusted?

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Agree with all the good things that have been said about Gael Kakuta and, like you Brit, first noticed him on that foreign trip when he was playing more left/midfield than wide left. Having compared him then with an emergent Alan Hudson back in the Sixties, it seemed a little strange to next see him play with equal flair in the winger role. However, a word of caution, delivered by no lesser authority than the wife, a Pompey fan, on watching the match against Leicester. It’s not as though she was forced to view the game at gunpoint, although you would have thought so if you could have heard the tone of voice, and the following words of wisdom were delivered thus…

The first half under way, Kakuta slides in the pass (referred to by Brit in his initial post) and I break the frosty silence with a tentative enquiry - “Did you see that?“ - No reply, but I did notice a sly glance at the replay, whereupon shortly afterwards Kakuta slices past two defenders and lays the first goal on a plate for us both to enjoy. Well, just me actually, although this time it’s acknowledged with a “Was that same player you were on about earlier?”

Never one to miss such an obvious invitation to reopen negations on a Chelsea conversation, I then rambled on about said player’s ability at the tender age of sixteen and was still going on about it when a Leicester defender miss-kicks his clearance and Kakuta promptly rifles the ball, with unerring accuracy and superb technique, into the top corner. No stopping me and the commentator now, but I haven’t got where I am today without realising the importance of responding immediately to wifely cross examination on football matters, even when in ‘I told you so’ mode, so I’m still listening intently for some sort of put down, which duly arrives…

“Will that kid be playing on Saturday?” … with reference to Pompey game duly noted…“No chance, why do you ask?”…leaving me wide open to… “Because in two years time you’ll still be talking about what ‘he might do’ when we both know he’s probably going to end up like Theo Walcott and never get the opportunity to do it. That’s the trouble with all you so-called Big Clubs.”

Struck dumb throughout the second half (there seemingly being little point anymore in mentioning the mazy Miroslav Stoch run and game-clinching goal) I settled for the fact that I’d seen a ninety minute glimpse of our future, although, according to the missus, it would be a while, maybe two or three years, before I had any right to shout about it. Has she got a point, Avram?

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for those fans depressed at the lack of flair at the club, you should have watched the youth team get through to the semi's of the youth cup tonight...kakuta was all tricks and skill again, but more importantly with end product. he scored the first two, helped set up the third, scored the fourth and set up the fifth...not bad for a night's work!

This was against port vale, who managed to beat tottenham.

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for those fans depressed at the lack of flair at the club, you should have watched the youth team get through to the semi's of the youth cup tonight...kaekuta was all tricks and skill again, but more importantly with end product. he scored the first two, helped set up the third, scored the fourth and set up the fifth...not bad for a night's work!

This was against port vale, who managed to beat tottenham.

Perhaps we should have played our youths on saturday icon_rolleyes.gif

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Something that was particularly dispaointing for me with regards to the squad on sunday was that scott sinclair was no were to be seen!! he had a decent run getting us to the final and then nothing... really doesnt inspire in terms of youth players does it?

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kakuta was fantastic last night. as where most of the players. that big nouble looks like hes a hell of a prospect. only a schoolkid too. built like frank bruno. stochy tore them apart too. all in all, cheered me right up after sunday.

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The irony of this will-they/wont-they play him debate is that Kakuta is exactly the type of player needed to make our Premiership team tick - hey, hey Pauly, we’ve found a No.10, you’ll gonna want to marry him someday! But sadly, unless the present regime get the likes of Sinclair and Di Santo on the 1st team bench soon, potential stars coming through, like Kakuta and Stoch, will still be years away from a place in the side and getting very restless. After all, Kakuta is French and, with Gallas and Diarra in mind, the last thing we want is another strop and go situation.

PS. Never mind his three goals, some of Kakuta's passing was sublime last night.

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for those fans depressed at the lack of flair at the club, you should have watched the youth team get through to the semi's of the youth cup tonight...kaekuta was all tricks and skill again, but more importantly with end product. he scored the first two, helped set up the third, scored the fourth and set up the fifth...not bad for a night's work!

This was against port vale, who managed to beat tottenham.

Perhaps we should have played our youths on saturday icon_rolleyes.gif

or even on Sunday!

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for those fans depressed at the lack of flair at the club, you should have watched the youth team get through to the semi's of the youth cup tonight...kaekuta was all tricks and skill again, but more importantly with end product. he scored the first two, helped set up the third, scored the fourth and set up the fifth...not bad for a night's work!

This was against port vale, who managed to beat tottenham.

Perhaps we should have played our youths on saturday icon_rolleyes.gif

or even on Sunday!

Yes, then too smack_head.gif

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The irony of this will-they/wont-they play him debate is that Kakuta is exactly the type of player needed to make our Premiership team tick - hey, hey Pauly, we’ve found a No.10, you’ll gonna want to marry him someday! But sadly, unless the present regime get the likes of Sinclair and Di Santo on the 1st team bench soon, potential stars coming through, like Kakuta and Stoch, will still be years away from a place in the side and getting very restless. After all, Kakuta is French and, with Gallas and Diarra in mind, the last thing we want is another strop and go situation.

PS. Never mind his three goals, some of Kakuta's passing was sublime last night.

Spot on, class looking player, but will probably sign for Arsenal when he's 21

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could someone please visit bluenut and the moos and inject them with some happy juice. these two are making me almost suicidal at the moment. their level of pessemism is incredible.

Except for JT tell me how many Chelsea youth team players have broken into our side, or anyone else's for that matter. (Lita at reading is all I can think of) It's all well and good having a youth set-up, but if you have unlimited funds and keep spending on the finished article there is a problem with them breaking through, all your doing is training kids fto play their careers at other clubs.

Saying that our youth set up is about the most promising thing at the bridge currently, based on last night performance anyway.

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Hey, I got a great idea...........

Lets play all these kids in our next game against grown men, see them get hammered 5-0 and see as some fall to serious injuries because their young bodies aren't ready yet. Then at the end of the game, we can decide they are all crap and sell them cut-price to Arsenal who will turn them into top players simply because Wenger won't play them until they are good and ready.

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