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  • "I am not sure that I can go with the idea that some players are suffering because they are being played out of position.
    Now if we took an attacking MF player and put him at left back then yeah, that would be out of position, but Gus isn't doing that.

    As far as those on the park that we hope would put the ball in the net they are getting decent chances, it's not as though Barnes is devoid of the chance to score, the problem is we are not taking the chances created.

    One could argue that CMS is being played out of position every time he takes the field. That guy does so much tracking back one could be forgiven for thinking he should play as an attacking MF player with strikers ahead of him.
    Dobbie, IMHO, will have a more settled role next year, after some have gone and some new guys have arrived and then we might see the best of him.

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LuaLua must not waste chance

LuaLua must not waste chance

Kazenga LuaLua has started just two games this season

Kazenga LuaLua has started just two games this season

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Kazenga LuaLua has been told not to waste his chance with Albion.

Boss Gus Poyet has issued the warning after watching LuaLua under- perform for the development team in Monday’s 4-1 defeat by Swansea at The Amex.

It was his first appearance since a jury at Newcastle Crown Court failed to agree a verdict and was discharged after the winger had been accused of affray.

Poyet said: “He trained well after Monday. I would prefer not to make any comment on Monday’s performance by Kazenga but he trained very well on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“He probably knows himself how he performed on Monday, because there was a real change in attitude and belief on Tuesday morning, which is quite strange.

“In football nowadays if you play 90 minutes one day it looks like for the next two days you are dying, you need to rest because your body is exhausted, but Kazenga was not exhausted on Tuesday morning. He trained very, very well, which is very pleasing for the manager.

“He hasn’t been performing well in terms of quality in training, so maybe he was affected by it, this personal situation, and now that apparently it’s gone we’ll see. It’s up to him.”

LuaLua, 22 next Monday and under contract until June 2014, has made only two starts this season and not featured at all in 12 of Albion’s 20 Championship matches.

Poyet said: “There is not one player that has been fantastic in training and fantastic on Saturday afternoon who doesn’t play the next Saturday and if somebody thinks differently he is lying to himself, so it’s up to him.

“I hope that he realises what he has got at the moment, because I don’t think there is a better situation for Kazenga to be in in terms of having the chance to play for this football club, the way we want him to play, having the kind of life he’s got. I hope he doesn’t lose this big opportunity to be part of the future.”

Seats for Albion’s FA Cup third round clash against LuaLua’s former club Newcastle at The Amex on January 5 (12.30) went on sale last night to season ticket holders.

The home game against Hull on February 9 will be screened live on Sky Sports and is now a 5.20pm kick-off.

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