And why oh why did we spend so much on him? We should have just doubled our bid for Lucho Gonzales rather than buying this mope from Middlesbrough. The consensus amongst most of the 'Boro fans I spoke to during our usual Scrooge-esque dealings with them was that they should take the money and run, and good for them. What rankles even more is the fact that Beattie is now top scorer in the Championship charts having played dismally for us. Faced with all of this, doubts start to creep into my mind about David Moyes ? McFadden isn't setting the world alight at Everton (unlike at International level) , AJ is in the mother of all slumps, and Beattie .... well, see above! Add to that Moyes's handling of Yakubu and I begin to think that we will forever be aimlessly searching for our "20 goal a season" man.
I'm starting to disagree with Tim Sherwood in his assessment that with Yakubu sometimes you get Thierry Henry, and sometimes you get Lenny Henry. So far, all we have had is a comedian upfront. Yakubu spends most of his footballing life lying relaxed submersed in semi-consciousness, occasionally drifting to the surface about twice a game. Someone needs to investigate Yakubu's internal wiring and change the "relaxing slow jams" CD that is playing on loop in his head with something heavier ? some Slayer would probably wake him up from his Rip van Winkle slumber!
Yakubu's signing was a huge risk for Moyes; the Nigerian is as synonymous with an abysmal work-rate as Everton used to be associated with fluid passing in the 60s and Moyes will have known that ? so either he had to abandon the work ethic and let Yakubu sit on his backside and score, OR he had to to try and transform Yakubu into a hard-working goalscorer... but do you pay over £11 million for someone you want to transform? No, there is a much simpler answer to this mess...
Moyes is still intoxicated with the barnstorming goal that Yakubu scored for Portsmouth against us... Collecting the ball from a header he charged through several Everton defenders with such strength it was as if Jonah Lomu had switched footballing codes and then slapped the ball through the back of the goal... If only he could come up with something like that on Saturday, then all will be forgiven!
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1 Posted 19/10/2007 at 06:56:10
2 Posted 19/10/2007 at 09:06:07
3 Posted 19/10/2007 at 09:47:16
If Moyes has done his homework then he will be acutely aware of this and if he didnt like it then he should never have forked out 11 million + for him.
Given a decent chance by his midfield "Playmakers ha " Yakubu will eventually get his goals.
But with Neville and Carsley in the engine room and the hoof ball tactics employed by moyes, the greatest striker in the world would struggle to make an impact.
4 Posted 19/10/2007 at 09:55:37
Leave the moaning, back biting and slagging off til after the game. I am looking forward to watching the rugby final whilst in a drunken happy blue haze!
5 Posted 19/10/2007 at 10:25:38
6 Posted 19/10/2007 at 12:42:37
Asking players to play a game they are not used to or playing them out of position
is crazy.Johnson has been a right winger since he came to this club and now Yakubu is being asked to play his game 15 yards outside the box with his back to goal with the ball pinging off his head.The blame for the shambolic way in which we play the game rest,s on the shoulders of Moyes and Irvine and those little bits of paper they rely on.If you buy a sports car and then put Diesel in the tank by accident
do you blame the makers if the engine blows up?No you dont.Stop blaming the players for carrying out the managers gormless style of play.
7 Posted 19/10/2007 at 13:05:52
its no use slagging the players when the manager is so negative and employs ale house tactics.
8 Posted 19/10/2007 at 13:44:05
The only justifiable argument is that people seem to thnk he is gonna runaround (mike reid rip) like a johnson type!! he’s not hes a lazy goalscorer. Like I say he has scored 2, only a great save (boro) and a non-given foul/red card (man u) an he would of had 4!! He’ll score goals, lets see the posts then.
You are a fickle shower, sometimes.....
9 Posted 19/10/2007 at 14:20:02
When it come’s to tactic’s and being able to change your gameplan and vary your play, Moyes is way out of his f*ckin depth. He only play’s ONE way and with the same personel and that personel with the exception of a few are clones ov each other. Limited, Hardworking Footballers nothing else. Utter Sh*te.
10 Posted 19/10/2007 at 15:19:54
11 Posted 19/10/2007 at 15:34:29
12 Posted 19/10/2007 at 16:11:36
13 Posted 19/10/2007 at 16:58:33
14 Posted 19/10/2007 at 21:59:15
I have seen Yakubu playing as a second striker coming far too deep for the ball as well as being deployed on the left flank. I’m sorry but he is a good player and you don’t score as many goals as he has without being an average Joe.
What Yakubu needs is service and until he gets that he will flatter to deceive. And when I talk about service I don’t mean 40 yard lumps and hoofs upfield I mean through balls, crosses from
out wide and balls into feet around the box.
Our team at this moment can accommodate a goalkeeper and a defense but other than Arteta and to a lesser extent Pienaar the strikers are fed scraps.
If it Moyes’s fault? Maybe it is as at the end off the day this is his team. The team needs to improve dramatically and fans need to stop using Yak as the scapegoat. Yes he needs to improve his work rate I’ll agree with that but everyone knew what we where getting when we bought him so whats everyone moaning about. Yes we needed a midfielder and we almost got a class one but I remember a lot of fans going on about needing a new striker and Moyes went out and bought a proven one.
15 Posted 19/10/2007 at 22:26:31
Any pronouncements made by one track Tony has long been irrelevant to debate about the merits or otherwise of Moyes.
16 Posted 19/10/2007 at 22:48:46
17 Posted 19/10/2007 at 23:53:33
Beattie has finally found the level of football that suits him and Yakubu still hasn’t settled in.
Although some of your points are valid and worth listening to, you always tend to ruin them with ridiculous over the top or outright false examples.
18 Posted 20/10/2007 at 00:38:11
Yakubu is a lazy player but, used to at least, has the knack of finding the net. As soon as we play to his stengths he will start scoring. End of.
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