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Why Are We Letting the Yak Go?

By Steve Stobie :  12/01/2011 :  Comments (66) :
Firstly, I have to say that I am a big fan of Yakubu. I was a bit surprised when we signed him but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. He was a proven Premier League goalscorer, second only to Thierry Henry or something in terms of goals scored in the Premier League (of those players still playing that is) and here we were, Everton, perennial dismantlers of forwards under David Moyes, (see James Beattie, Andy Johnson, and even James McFadden at a push, for prime examples) and we were signing a proven Premier League goalscorer.

Yakubu did not let us down in his first season either. We played some cracking football, mainly coming from the midfield threesome of Pienaar, Arteta and Osman (yes, Osman!!), with all three players interchanging positions and passing freely, with Cahill in front of them and Yakubu in front of that. Yakubu benefitted from the chances that were being created by these three, looking like they were seriously enjoying their football, and he became the first Everton striker to bag 20 goals in a season for over a decade.

I was hugely impressed and, as always I have to say, looking forward to the following season, to see what we could do with another season of Pienaar, Arteta and Osman continuing to gel and Yakubu benefitting and banging in the goals.

Unfortunately, we all know what happened next, Everton endured another miserable start to the season in 2008-09 (something that was put down to injuries to some of our main players from the first team squad - does anybody remember the bench of kids for the first game of the season against Blacburn at home where we were beaten 3-2 ? ? and I guess that cannot really be argued with) but Yakubu had scored 4 goals in 14 games, certainly not an amazing return, but given the quality of the team behind him, certainly wasn't horrendous. Then on 30 November 2008, at an away win at Spurs, Yakubu ruptured his achilles and was going to be out for the rest of the season. Some people were aware of how serious this injury was, some were not so aware (myself included), but I have since found out that back in the day, it was basically a career finisher. This was certainly a dark day for Everton and Yakubu!!

Yakubu was indeed out for the rest of the season and did not make his first team return for nearly a year, and in his first start for the first team in 2009, against Hull City in the Carling Cup, he scored with a header. To come back from the sort of injury that Yakubu received was amazing, but to come back and continue playing Premier League football, was pretty much nothing short of miraculous. I was looking forward to the Yakubu of his first season with us returning, and goals a plenty to return to theEverton team, much like in 2007-08!

The problem was, that during the time Yakubu was out, Louis Saha picked up the mantle pretty well, culminating of course, with that goal in the 2009 FA Cup final (although he was pretty much anonymous in the game after that) and then following that, having a good season in front of goal in the 2009-10 season.

My feeling is, that since his injury, David Moyes has never fully supported Yakubu the way he did when he first arrived. (I remember confidence boosting articles in the Echo for Yakubu if he had a slight drop in form over that 2007-08 season and I remember Moyes banging the drum about how good a striker Yakubu was, and how well the team as a whole was playing that season.) I just don't understand why it didn't continue?

Obviously we don't see Yakubu in training and we don't know if it took Yakubu too long to come back from that injury, but when he did come back, rather gingerly as far as I remember rightly, he did score, (if only a few times) he wasn't the same Yak as before, but my feelings were that this would return over time.

During the 2009-10 season, when King Louis, as he had affectionately become known, got injured the Yak was granted the occassional start in the team and I always thought that we looked all the better for it. Yes Yakubu didn't have the pace that he had before, but his hold up play was so much better than Saha's and he allowed our goal scoring midfielder's (Arteta and Cahill) to come into th game, and we benefitted as a team from that. And you could still pretty much guarantee that if you gave the ball to Yakubu in a goalscoring position then a goal would be scored (you'll have to check the stats yourselves for whether this is definitely the case, but it's certainly my point of view anyway).

I was therefore, once again, hugely looking forward to the 2010-11 season and I have to say that I was one of those who thought that we had an outside shot at the title: with Yakubu with a full pre season under his belt, maybe we would see a return to him playing up top with Cahill just behind, and a return to the free flowing football and the goals scored in 2007-08.

As the season started however, Yakubu did not even get into the first team squad for the first few games and we started the season, horrendously badly, yet again (with little or no excuse) and still it seemed Yakubu did not get a look in. Eventually, Saha got injured again and Yakubu was given the start that I think he should have had at the beginning of the season anyway. Again, much like his return from injury in the 2009-10 season, his appearances did not yield the large amount of pace that he had prior to injury, and certainly not an instant return to goals, but game by game he appeared to improve, (his hold up play seemed to be far better than had been offered by Saha all season) and finally after a great performance against the red shite at home, he scored the winner at home to Stoke. Here we go I thought, this is it!! Yakubu is back, goals here we come !!

But, immediately after that game, for no reason whatsoever, other than the return from injury of Louis Saha, Moyes goes and drops the Yak, just after it looked like things were beginning to click for him. This was the strangest decision that I believe Moyes has made this season, with regards to Yakubu anyway!!! There was no reason for it, Yak had started beating his own drum again, with an article in the Echo appearing, stating that he was going to get the goals Everton needed, conveniently matched by Louis Saha of course though, his play was getting better and better and all of a sudden he gets dropped for a Louis Saha who was only just returning from injury.

Subsequently we have struggled game after game for goals and it is only more recently that goals have returned to the team, with Saha having the perfect, pacy foil for himself in Jermaine Beckford, but I believe that those goals would have returned much quicker if Moyes had stuck with Yakubu instead of reverting to Saha upon his return from injury.

I haven't been able to get to the game for a long time, and I will also add that I very rarely watch MotD (although given a lot of people's comments on here it wouldn't show a fair reflection of the game anyway), but I do alwats read Ken Buckley's brilliant reviews of the game and also, most of the other reviews as well, in fact I have to say I read pretty much every article posted on Toffeeweb if I can, and people's opinons of the Yak when he has come on from the bench this season, post being dropped, are that he has looked lazy and disinterested, but I have to say: wouldn't you feel like that? ? after the shabby treatment he has received from David Moyes. Some people will say that he should just get on with it and prove himself to get back into the team, but it must be hard, I just wish that he was given the proper chance he deserves after that amzing first season with us.

Maybe I'm just in dreamland, but I'll always be of the opinion: Feed the Yak and he will score!!!

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Ped Pearl
1   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:29:30

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Basically, Yak must've had a falling out with Moyes.

WHEN Saha gets injured again within the next 4 weeks that will leave us with Beckford and Anichebe... therefore we have to trust that Moyes has someone to come in (on loan).

I am disappointed in this decision... and also in Moyes for first dropping Yak in the first place at the exact time he was finding his form and confidence again. Then again, you don't cross Moyes!

Chris Hannon
2   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:26:12

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Because he's lazy, bone idle, he's not assed about Everton anymore and probably not bothered about football in general! He can't even be assed getting himself into shape!

Also, he was joining Spurs for £15 million in the very transfer window he got injured! Not going the match probably means you didn't see the pathetic joke of a performance he put in when he came on at West Ham away, and at the final whistle he was right infront of the away end yet didn't even bother to turn around and clap our away following! He just walked straight off!

He's a disgrace to all footballers! You don't just lose talent, he's still got it but he doesn't have the hunger (for football anyway)!!!

Sean Smythe
3   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:28:33

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I'm not too disappointed to see the Yak go. I think with him wanting to go before the start of the season his fate was pretty much set in stone. Moyes has probably not played him to keep him in ok nick for any potential bidders.
Jay Harris
4   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:46:36

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I get the feeling that Yak is not a good trainer and therefore needs game time to fully recover from being out for so long with a really serious injury.

Moyes has not got the patience to nurse him back and is under pressure to reduce the wage bill.

I will be sorry to see him go because for me he was the only natural goalscorer on the books and was the best at holding the ball up and throwing his weight around up front.
Andrew Fair
5   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:49:55

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Why Are We Letting the Yak Go?

Answer is simple, he is fat and lazy. There is a reason why LEICESTER... yes LEICESTER, are the only team interested in him. His first season was brilliant and as a finisher he is best we have had for years. The lack of effort though is frustrating and Moyes obviously wont stand for minimum effort. Hopefully we have someone else lined up though.

Daniel Cremin
6   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:35:45

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Yak was an immense presence in the 07-08 season for us ? feed the Yak and he will score indeed... Sadly he's never been able to reproduce the form and quality he showed since coming back from injury. As Steve acknowledges in his article, a ruptured achilles can be an effective career finisher or at least a career blighter ? not only does the injury itself take a massive toll on your pace but it also makes many brave players think twice before committing to going for a tight ball or into a tough tackle, and being out of the game for that long saps your confidence.

I've always liked the Yak and I think when he's confident and match-fit he's a threat to any Premier League defence, but he's not been given the game-time across 2010 to really make an impact.

We don't see the training sessions ? only Moyes and the coaching staff have a complete picture of his readiness and his attitude ? but clearly something has happened that made Moyes drop him. Maybe it was a row in training, maybe his agent was trying to engineer deals, or maybe Moyes has simply come to the view that what Yak offers doesn't match up to a Saha-Beckford combination.

Personally, I think he's the best all-rounder of the three, and he was beginning to motor after the derby and his instinctive, quality goal against Stoke and looked the most able to play in a 4-5-1 with Cahill, but he was dropped when the King came back from injury. It may be personal between he and Moyes, then again maybe it was a medical decision, but whatever the reason the situation clearly wasn't sustainable ? keeping an £11.25 million player on the bench with the odd 10-15 minutes on at the end to chase long balls isn't in anyone's interest.

I hope the Yak can go to Leicester with a point to prove to his doubters and bang in 8-10 goals between now and the end of the season. He's got a lot of qualities to his game ? his hold-up play can be fantastic, he can score from headers and he's got an ability to confuse defenders and bully them out of the way through sheer presence.

I'm hoping he plays so well that we're in a position to turn down £4 million from Leicester at the end of the season and either give him his place back in the starting line up or sell him for £6-8 million.
Stephen Kenny
7   Posted 12/01/2011 at 14:53:08

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He was the best striker I've seen play for us. I include big Dunc in that although I don't like the Yak the way I like Dunc.

Watching him play it was clear he had an instinct for goals that only a few in the Premier league have got.

Sadly when he eventually got over his injury he was never given a run in the side. At the time I said he would need 3-6 months regular game time to get close to where he was before, he never got anywhere near that and consequently never got back to anywere near his best.

The derby game this season was the Yak at his absolute best and that was the best we played all season, in his first season we got that every game, he was awesome at times. Moyes has made a big error in his handling of the Yak since his return from injury IMO.
Ian Ravello
8   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:08:55

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Why Are We Letting the Yak Go?
Because he's OVER weight, UNDER motivated & OVER rated!

Well done Mr Moyes - another bit of staute business for our great Club!
Ian Ravello
9   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:12:59

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........ feed the Yak and he might score - look's like he's been fed an ox & still hasn't scored!!!

If anyone thinks the Yak should stay I suggest they study in detail his cameo performances against West Ham & Spurs.

In Moyes we trust!
KPR Williams
10   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:23:41

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cos he's fat an he can't be arsed..
Roberto Birquet
11   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:35:25

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Moyes has lost confidence in Yak, that is evident from the few startsd he has had in the past two months.

That convinced me that he would be ion his way in January, and I am further assuming someone willbe coming in to take his place - though probably also on loan.
Mark Smith
12   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:40:12

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well done mr moyes....... west ham offered 6 million in the summer 4 the fat man rejects it and then lets him go on loan and prob take a million if that 4 him this summer........ well done mr moyes..... i dont think so
Matthew Johnson
13   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:50:38

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because he is 38 ?!
Howard Don
14   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:46:29

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I'm as baffled as everyone else about his post Derby match disappearance. After a tremendous performance in that game, he played against Stoke, scored and that was it.

You have to assume there's been some major falling out between him and Moyes, or he's just not putting the effort in training wise. A tragedy in a way, because a fully fit Yak is one of the best "hold up" front men in the business and only needs a half chance to score. I never bought in 100% to the lazy tag, the guy knew what his strengths were and played to them.

No doubt it will all come out one day.
Denis Richardson
15   Posted 12/01/2011 at 15:50:41

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Think on the footballing terms this is not a great deal. All I can assume is that he has had a falling out with Moyes (just like Yobo) and Moyes has shown him the door.

Just to think we rejected the offers for him last summer and now we let him go on loan to the championship!

I hope Leicester are at least picking up most, if not all, of his wages.

Looks like Moyes is going to bring in a loan signing that I've personally never heard of - he's got to be better than Anichebe, hasn't he??
Ray Roche
16   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:06:43

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Feed the Yak and he will score?

Pity we didn't feed him salads.
Ian Kearney
17   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:24:45

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So with Yobo and the Yak gone, we are two senior players down, and not one penny better, a little baffling really.
Tony Hughes
18   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:48:20

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Its the Everton way Ian!
Andrew Laird
19   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:47:47

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If anything it's because he has let himself go, or most probably fallen out with David Moyes (once this happens there is no way back). What other explanation is there for why he was dropped after scoring against Stoke?
Kunal Desai
20   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:47:12

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Stark reality people. Need to reduce overheads therefore wages must be the first to be reduced. Yak is one of the big earners. What's more startling is that we've effectively paid £11M for a striker who's only fulfilled one season.
So an £11M write off plus a £9M benchwarmer. £20M down the drain.
On another note the 2009/2010 accounts should have been published in November last year and there still not out. Something real fishy going on at the club.
Ian Ravello
21   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:48:22

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It's the financial dynamics of the football world we now live in. To get Yak's wages paid by Leicester frees up the wage bill for a higher profile loan player into the Club. Whilst West Ham were reportedly interested in taking the Yak in the summer (and not for the media fantasy of £6M), this is David Gold we're talking about & by all accounts he came in with one bid, swiftly followed by a lower bid. I doubt if we'll actually be much worse off with Leicester's eventual fee. Plus I think Moyes was right to give the Yak one more chance to prove his worth. Imagine the criticisms on this site re our striking problems this year if the Yak had been sold in the Summer!! So again, well played Mr Moyes.
Jay Harris
22   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:55:17

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I'm with you Tony.

We say we're skint and then we let the Yak, Yobo ,Gosling and Pienaar go for nowt.

Bobby Elstone has gone quiet lately.

Just hope we're not more skint than we think.
Alan Clarke
23   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:53:29

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It's worth noting that this injury only happens to older players - Beckham and Hreidesen have both had the same injury in the last year. The reason it happens to older players is because they start to lose the elastic properties in their tendons with age. This injury showed Yak up to be older than 27 when the injury occurred.

There's no point living in the past with Yakubu, his 07-08 season was his peak. Now he's old and has had a bad injury hence why he's on his way. Moyes's fuck up came when he didn't sell him in the summer.
Mike Gaynes
24   Posted 12/01/2011 at 16:50:37

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Andrew, of course there's another explanation for Yak being dropped after the Stoke game... he may have been too sore to play.

The injury he suffered is catastrophic. No top athlete in any sport has EVER returned to best form after rupturing an Achilles. Not one. For a footballer to do it would be impossible.

I don't think Yak has "let himself go" on purpose. An Achilles blowout takes away your explosiveness, and even after your recover, you can't train nearly as much because it gets sore and tired. There's nothing you can do about it -- you can't shoot up or drain an Achilles like you can a sore knee. So you're never as fit or as fast again. I know from personal experience.

I predicted here on the day Yak went down (and several times subsequently) that he would never be the same Yak. Unfortunately, I was right.
Oliver Molloy
25   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:15:44

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We won't miss him because he has not been playing,he is overweight and older than 28!,and he can not run anymore.
The reason Moyes isn't playing him is obviously based on what he sees on the training ground i would hope,and judging by most of his appearances on the pitch for us this season,you would have to say Moyes is right not to play him.
Oliver Molloy
26   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:15:44

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We won't miss him because he has not been playing,he is overweight and older than 28!,and he can not run anymore.

The reason Moyes isn't playing him is obviously based on what he sees on the training ground i would hope, and judging by most of his appearances on the pitch for us this season, you would have to say Moyes is right not to play him.

James Cadwaladr
27   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:31:51

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In the same vein as Yobo if we dont want him we should sell him.

I can promise you that we will still be paying most of his wages.
Roberto Birquet
28   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:32:27

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so with Yobo and the Yak gone, we are two senior players down, and not one penny better, a little baffling really.
The idea surely is we get the money - just a bit later (the summer) - about £8 million the pair. Could get us a decent striker. If the money isn't coughed up, it goes to the highest bidder.

Do bear in mind. When you sell a player, you do not get all the money up front - I think you typicay get 25-50% now, rest later. It's like Dixons. And when you lend a player (hate the word loan as a verb), you get a payment, and the wages are covered by someone else - so we do get dosh out of the deals.
Colin Smith
29   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:39:43

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I agree with Mike (23), the Yak is very unlikely to recover his 20 goals a season form. I never thought the Yak was lazy, a player does not have to run around like Andy Johnson to be effective. The coaching staff must watch him closely & have come to the conclusion that we survive without him. I hope they are right & Saha stays fit & knocks in the goals on a regular basis.
Jamie Barlow
30   Posted 12/01/2011 at 17:47:06

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Q. Why are we letting the Yak go? A. Because he is shit. James @26 I can be sure we won't be paying his wages.
Andy Codling
31   Posted 12/01/2011 at 18:05:24

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How about putting someone alongside the Yak, instead of playing him with his back to goal and hoofing it to him from 50 yards, with fuck all to do with it but hold it up, hang on hasnt Moyes done that with every striker hes ever had?
Andy Crooks
32   Posted 12/01/2011 at 18:27:13

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Absolutely spot on, Andy Codling. Another striker bites the dust. Want your career fucked for ever? Play up front for Davy.
Matthew Lovekin
33   Posted 12/01/2011 at 18:23:42

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I think it's obvious that Yak and Moyes have had a falling out. However, if you also look at Yak's record, he only seems to stay at a club for a couple of years. Ok he has been at Everton for a few years but a lot of that he was injured. He has a history of doing well to start with at a club but then getting disinterested and pissing off the manager. I hoped it would be different at Everton, but alas...
Drew O'Neall
34   Posted 12/01/2011 at 18:24:03

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There are certain things which remain behind closed doors at a football club which tend to make the manager look incompetant or crazy..

Yakubu is a broken down old man since his injury and he can't maintain fitness or last a whole game, I hate to say it but that's the truth and it's the case for far more footballers than you'd care to imagine.

The reason this doesn't come to the fore is that players are assets of the club with a financial value.

The best thing for Yak and DM is to move him on somewhere he can get a nice contract.

Good luck Yak - thanks for the memories.
Andy Crooks
35   Posted 12/01/2011 at 18:50:53

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Drew, I assume you didn't watch the Yak against Liverpool. Far from being a "broken down old man" he looked like a top quality striker. He's been fucked up like every striker David Moyes has got his hands on.
Ian Smitham
36   Posted 12/01/2011 at 19:19:26

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Jay, you always seem close to the money issue. Really, why do you think the accounts are not out? Michael has just made the same observation on the other post going just now.

I am lucky enough to have a share, and for sure i have had nothing.
Andrew Laird
37   Posted 12/01/2011 at 19:04:10

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Mike #24 Thanks for providing another explanation. The Yak against Liverpool was the best performance from him for a long, long time possibly his busiest and best so I would suggest that he was near top form in that game.

The guy will not get fit unless he was playing in a decent run of games (something that Saha has been afforded), 3 1/2 games and then the bench was not enough and he has subsequently never got his fitness back.

I have personally heard this injury from 20 yards away whilst I have been playing (sounded like a whip cracking!). And heard about the subsequent 14 months of treatment of my ex team mate so I do have an idea of how bad it is culminating in a rather large man breaking down in tears (my sympathies to you).

Perhaps we will find out if he joins Leicester if he was ever going to get going or not or if his career is effectively over as we will never know if he stays here as Moyes has obviously had enough of something.

Daniel Johnson
38   Posted 12/01/2011 at 20:18:12

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Big big gamble by Moyes, talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.

With goals a major problem Moyes ships out our best striker????????

Total fucking MADNESS!

Then to top it off he rejects a generous offer for P Neville who is 33 and becoming more imobile game by game, yet will happily let Pienaar go for next to nothing.

Pienaar a player who has figured barring injury in every match this season for us.

Is Moyes fucking insane?

What galls me even more is the fact that Moyes hasnt even experimented in replacing Pienaar all season, so what happens when he goes?

Jesus christ let Ahab have his whale!
Tony Wilson
39   Posted 12/01/2011 at 20:21:00

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Mike, #24, thank you for your personal insight. I can't imagine getting through what is effectively 90 minutes of shuttle runs that adds up to around the 10k mark after major surgery.

I know it's just an opinion, but I think players get far too much of this "lazy bastard" stuff. Maybe some sympathy is in order for Yakubu. It's easy to label him but he is the most effective Everton forward I have personally seen play at Goodison. Cheers.
Jimmy Hacking
40   Posted 12/01/2011 at 20:42:32

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Tony #39, I think players don't get enough of the "lazy bastard" stuff. These lads should be in the shape of their lives, they pretty much fitness-train for a living. And when I see a fat waste of space like Yakubu letting a through-ball get away from him, it makes me furious.
Eugene Ruane
41   Posted 12/01/2011 at 20:46:24

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He's lazy, he looks like he couldn't give a fuck, his form has gone, he's never got over his injuries, he's overpai.....oh shit, sorry, I've just realised this is about Yakubu not Arteta.

Sorry...erm...carry on.
Dale Hathaway
42   Posted 12/01/2011 at 22:37:33

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Slightly sceptical about posting on this thread as the last time I even dared to comment on Moyes hatred of strikers I was told told commit suicide. Anyway, David 'career destroyer' Moyes has proven time and time again that he does not have the business knowledge to run a Premier League team. He does not have the tactical nouse to run a Premier League team.

I have argued before that when you have a striker who can finish well play to his strengths. Why Moyes insists that his strikers must do all the donkey work, chasing back pushing out wide I will never understand. I would happily bet anyone that if you played the current 4-4-2 (without TC) Yak would score more goals than Saha. Yak and Beckford or Vaughan would make a far more successful pairing but of course Moyes has ruined another player, stubborn because he has to have his cake and eat it.

"We don't need to sell" were the words he used last summer; too right we don't Davey, because of your dick-arsed management style, we will lose the entire current squad on a free!!!! Well done, Davey!

Dale Hathaway
43   Posted 12/01/2011 at 23:14:31

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Just a quick question to all those who are happy for the Yak to leave... Would you have Michael Owen instead?

If you answered yes, you really should take a long look at yourselves. A player who is around the 30 mark who has had a career threatening injury and lost nearly all the pace they ever had... you do the maths.
Ian Smitham
44   Posted 12/01/2011 at 23:23:38

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Eugene at 41-hilarious-well done
Ernie Baywood
45   Posted 12/01/2011 at 23:28:23

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People say he was fat and lazy. But he was fat and lazy when we signed him. He was fat and lazy when he was banging home goals for us. That's Yakubu ? a fat, lazy, goalscorer.

Something went on here because I still believe a remotely fit Yakubu improves us. Even against Spurs last week... Beckford had a decent game but when Yakubu came on the first two balls played into him stuck there. The other options don't do that. And I can't believe that he has lost the ability to finish. That's something that we'll never know because as soon as he scored a goal he got dropped.

Disappointing to see him go in my opinion, but he's not the sort of player I'll miss ? as long as there is a replacement.
Andy Paolacci
46   Posted 13/01/2011 at 12:00:24

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I'm an Australian Everton supporter & when I was lucky enough to travel to England, I managed to get myself to the home fixture against Newcastle in October 2008. I had always been a big fan of the Yak & so I bought a top with his name & number on it.

On the last day of my 5-month trip, I was in London & managed to get myself a ticket for the Tottenham vs Everton game at WHL ? the game in which Yakubu fucked his Achilles tendon.

The rest is history... He never returned as the same player he once was. Not fit, not mentally tough enough, not potent enough in front of goal.

Moyes started showing less faith in him & the decline of the Yak was in full swing. Such a shame... a player with that much talent no longer good enough & hence, rotting on the bench.

My fondest memories of the Yak was a clinical hat-trick he scored against Fulham, with Antti Niemi in goal & the shoulder barge on Raul Meireles this season. Classic!

Best of luck at Leicester, Yakubu. Hope you repay Sven's faith.
Brian Donnelly
47   Posted 13/01/2011 at 12:14:43

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The Yak wasn't dropped after the Stoke game, he was dropped after the Blackpool (a) game (he provided the cross for Cahill to head our first goal).

I can?t understand why he was dropped as Saha has done very little until recent games. It must be like others have surmised ? a falling out with DM.

When you get to the age the Yak is, whatever that maybe (certainly NOT 28), you lose your speed and pick up more injuries.
Chris Fisher
48   Posted 13/01/2011 at 12:56:27

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Leicester are paying all his wages, that has been confirmed, even they have more money than us these days! The worrying thing is Saha isn't getting any younger and who knows how much longer he has left in him especially with his injuries! So, unless we suddenly get some money, we may be left very short up front.

Maybe he is sending him on loan to get him 90 minuets each week which he badly needs but Moyes doesn't feel he can give him in the Premier League and then he will come back fully fit in the summer... who knows?

All I know is, unless Moyes has someone lined up to bring in, we maybe in trouble if King Louis hurts himself again!!

Dominic Duerden
49   Posted 13/01/2011 at 13:16:16

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Delighted to see him leave, only Sven could be stupid enough to take him. That just leaves one crap player in the squad now, Hibbo.
Tony J Williams
50   Posted 13/01/2011 at 13:42:15

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"I can't believe that he has lost the ability to finish" The Nigerian Coach would certainly disagree with you there.

Also yes the ball stuck for one brief moment I thought the old Yak was back near the end where he was through but it looked like he was going backwards when the defender was chasing him.

No pace left. I blame his marriage, how many men have put on weight after getting married and being browbeaten 24/7 by 'er indoors can't help either. (Sorry, ladies!)
John Roberts
51   Posted 13/01/2011 at 14:13:06

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Because Billy Liar needs the money to put towards another show he's producing in London!!
Brian Waring
52   Posted 13/01/2011 at 15:38:56

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Ian ( #8 ) " Well done Mr Moyes - another bit of staute business for our great club "

Yes Ian, great business, considering he could have got money for the Yak in the summer.
Alan Mullally
53   Posted 13/01/2011 at 16:49:32

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He's not scoring goals...simple as that.
He can't be on a small amount of money and he's not banging them in like he used to...and that's why he's not getting a game, never mind letting him go. Time to cash in and look for someone who can actually put the ball in the back of the net. After all, that what a striker is paid to do. Goals win games!!
Alan Smeeth
54   Posted 13/01/2011 at 16:46:28

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Doesn't matter why he's gone now, we'll be saving earning/cash.
Beckford is younger and fresher, IF/WHEN he is confident, he will score a lot of goals.

James I'Anson
55   Posted 13/01/2011 at 17:04:32

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I reckon it's because we quite simply can't afford his wages.

There will be no replacement.

Who's next?
Andy Crooks
56   Posted 13/01/2011 at 18:00:11

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Alan Mullaly, he's not scoring goals because he was left out of the side when he was obviously the best striker available. Another shite decision from the man who has got in the second half of the table.
Graeme Crew
57   Posted 13/01/2011 at 18:27:04

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I had it on very good authority from within the club's medical staff that the injury the Yak suffered was horrendous and almost career ending. The honest truth is he wasn't the most hard working of players when he came to the club, and he certainly isn't going to reach that initial level again on a consistent basis.

Everyone can see the the one player that truly pull his tripe out week in week out is Pienaar. In my opinion he is more important to our team than Cahill and Arteta.

Get the Yak off the wage bill, free up some cash and make Pienaar a better offer - it's simple !
Chris Jones
58   Posted 13/01/2011 at 19:50:02

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Good decision I think, based on the fact that the manager just doesn't rate him anymore. Based on the last two performances he's right.

It doesn't really matter what the reasons are for him not being as good as he was. Bottom line with Yak is he was signed to score goals, and he doesn't do it anymore ? his missed some sitters this season.
Paul O'Hanlon
59   Posted 13/01/2011 at 19:47:40

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A couple of facts...

Moyes won Manager of the Month in October. Yakubu started every game that month, looking back to his best and scoring the winner against Stoke.

He gets dropped for the Bolton game and doesn't start another game again in 2010, out of those 8 games we won just one.

He may be overweight, and he can definitely be lazy, but when on form he's the best striker we have at our club and we've just let him go on loan. Fucking joke.

Graeme #56 - as for offering Pienaar the 80/90k a week that he wants, tell me how many goals and assists has he got this season? I like him, but we don't have a pot to piss in and can't afford to smash our pay structure (again)
James Lauwervine
60   Posted 13/01/2011 at 22:38:48

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Answer to the question: coz he's fat, lazy and on the downhill slope. The one thing that truely always bothered me about him though ? he's a diver. And a crap diver at that.

I like his face, I'd go for a pint with him, but scoring 21 goals one season doesn't give you a pass for life. Mmm, his unfortunate Anelka-esque celebration. I was sorry when he was injured, wanted to put my arm round him ? can you tell I'm pissed?

Good luck Yak, you gave us some nice moments, but then so did Pembo. I wouldn't pick him before Saha or Beckford tho, sorry. Or TC for that matter.

James Hollister
61   Posted 14/01/2011 at 03:30:39

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The answer is simple, he is absolutely stonkingly shit... moves like a battleship and simply not good enough.

Added to his "real" age of 38.
Laurie Hartley
62   Posted 14/01/2011 at 09:30:17

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I have always liked the Yak and always will. I hope he starts bursting the onion bag on a regular basis at Leicester - I am sure he will. That smile of his would make even a miserable bastard happy (no names no pack drill) .

All the best Yak.
Guy Rogers
63   Posted 14/01/2011 at 13:54:10

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all i have to say is he is SHIT and thats why....nice guy but if the best he could do is clatter skertel in the derby with his big ass then that is sad
Peter Webster
64   Posted 14/01/2011 at 16:11:53

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I'm with you Laurie (62) and sad to see him go. One of the best hold up players we've had for a long time. As strong as a water buffalo, I can recall seeing players bounce of him on afew occasions and on his day unplayable againstable. But what's done is done and I too wich him the best of luck. Let's hope The Beck can step up to the plate.

Exrementa delenda est.
Stephen Kenny
65   Posted 14/01/2011 at 20:03:29

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If you think that's all he done in the derby get yourself into tiddlywinks mate, your watching the wrong sport!!!
James Lauwervine
66   Posted 14/01/2011 at 22:39:08

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Fuck me Peter, "unplayable againstable" - you should be a Sky Sports pundit! .

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