By Ben Efe
These are not the best of times for estranged Eagles striker, John Chukwudi Utaka. Everywhere he turns to, Portsmouth fans taunt him claiming that it was his huge pay that made Portsmouth to go broke.
Fans claimed that Utaka is the highest paid player on the Portsmouthâ€™s pay roll, but he has not been able to make it count on the field of play on account of injury and loss of form. His predicament is not helped by the fact that Portsmouth are condemned to relegation at the end of the season.
Worried by the development, Utaka complained to Pompeyâ€™s chief executive Peter Storrie to put the records straight by telling the fans and the media that he was not earning 80,000 pounds a week as being reported.
“Everywhere he goes John is ridiculed for earning so much when the club is in so much peril.
“He has come to me and asked me ‘can you do something about it?’ He wants it to be known that he earns a third of the amount that is quoted against his name.”
Utaka was Pompey’s record signing when he joined from Rennes in July 2007 for Â£7 million. In two and a half years, he has become a symbol to many of their record waste of money.
Portsmouth’s recorded wages outlay for 2008 was Â£54.6 million and some of the figures associated with Pompey have been comparable to those earned by star performers at Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea.