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The Curious case of Aiyegbeni Yakubu.

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Whether Yakubu was ejected from the club for financial reasons or because of the stubborness of a certain dour Jock, one thing is for certain right now we miss him.

Yakubu is no doubt on a good wage packet but the guy is a goalscorer. Whether you like his lazy languid style is another thing, but Yakubu isn't a box to box player, he's not gonna be chasing balls into the corner flags. Yakubu is a goal poacher pure and simple he lives in the box and only comes alive when an opportunity arrives.

When strikers are in short supply and your staring relegation in the face why loan your best striker? Especially after you have nursed and nurtured him for 12 months following a career threatening injury. So we pay his wages getting him fit and then when he's looking to contribute on the pitch we sack him off.

David Moyes has got this decision very very wrong.

I jokingly said to my mate after Sahas 4 star show that he will probably pull his hamstring getting out of bed tomorrow, and now low and behold Saha is out for 2-3 weeks. With a strike force such as Saha who is effectively a massive liability, Beckford who's not good enough as a lone striker and Mr can't be arsed Anichebe, the loan of Yakubu is puzzling.

Yakubu was stunning against the shite at Goodison and then from that match onwards he was marginalised and eventually loaned. Why???

By loaning Yakubu, David Moyes is now playing Russian Roulette with our Premier League survival at stake. I hope it's a decision we all don't live to regret.

Daniel Johnson, Newcasyle upon Tyne     Posted 14/02/2011 at 11:59:26

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Chris Lawlor
1   Posted 14/02/2011 at 14:41:55

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Definitely a strange one, Daniel. As you say ,the Yak is not one to chase back and help out the defence on a regular basis but he is generally lethal in and around the box. This would have been known at the time of purchase and therefore should have been expected.

The '29-year-old's' form was just about picking up so the departure to the Foxes is definitely a strange one indeed.
Tony Waring
2   Posted 14/02/2011 at 14:48:47

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And guess what? He scored again for Leicester on Saturday.
Chris Stewart
3   Posted 14/02/2011 at 14:53:00

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He's found his level!
Den King
4   Posted 14/02/2011 at 15:16:06

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His level is still high, though, Chris. Have a look at Saturday's game at .

His goal (at 1m05s) is simply superb skill ? the sort we know he has. Then, look at his turn of pace just before their second goal (from 1m55s). He didn't show this in the last 2 months with us. What is noticeable is his hunger and willingness to try for the team. What is different?

As Daniel rightly says, there is simply NO logic in us spending over a year (at a cost to us of £2-3million) for his recuperation only to see Leicester get the benefit of his goal scoring / poaching abilities?
Especially when we are desperate for a dependable striker!

Jimmy Hacking
5   Posted 14/02/2011 at 15:39:55

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Tony #2

He is playing well for Leicester, they beat somebody 4-2 and he had a hand in 3 of the goals. and the goal he scored against Derby would have beaten ANY keeper/defense at any level.

But the problem with the argument that we shouldnt have loaned out Yakubu, even though it is a sound and sensible one, is the stark fact that he the player has underperformed for the last TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS. It is ludicrous logic to assume that if we hadn't loaned him out, he would have somehow snapped back to his old goal-machine ways for us. He'd only scored once for us this season; come on lads, be realistic.
Declan Brown
6   Posted 14/02/2011 at 15:38:15

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I thought the Yak's goal at the weekend was superb. Real good strikers goal which he made out of nothing. He was even running about.

David Moyes, what have you done?

Anyone up for a last day of the season win or draw against Chelsea to stay up? It's so depressing at the minute you can see that coming as scary and surreal as that seems.

Davey admits maybe he's too soft on the players, whatever needs done Davey, just do it, if you have to hammer them then so be it, if there's any complaints tell them to look at their pay packet at the end of the month and remind them that the fans who pay to watch the crap they served up this year would happily give anything to be in their position.

It's called pride and determination, and we used to have a lot of it. Sort it Davey, and quick.
Col Hughes
7   Posted 14/02/2011 at 15:51:22

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The Yak put in one decent performance in about 18 months against the Shite and people cling onto that, did anybody see him after that? He stunk that gaff out. He just didn't want to be here any longer,
Rob Murphy
8   Posted 14/02/2011 at 16:08:26

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And I think most of us now know that the club were looking to trim the wage bill in January, so to blame Moyes is a bit childish.
James Stewart
9   Posted 14/02/2011 at 16:37:31

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Yakubu was shunted out because of his wage being high ? pure and simple.

Sadly, we could have at least done with him as an option til the end of the season. It's a gamble and wasn't worth taking in my opinion as we are a long way from safe.
Alex Kociuba
10   Posted 14/02/2011 at 16:48:05

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Agree with James #9, given our recent financial revelations it's more than likely he was offloaded to ease his wage burden. As the original poster says; Russian roulette.
Matthew Lovekin
11   Posted 14/02/2011 at 16:46:18

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If you are in a relegation battle at the end of the season, you need to win games. To win games, you need to score goals.

Vaughan and Anichebe obviously aren't up to the task. Anything we get out of Saha is a bonus which left Yakubu and Beckford. Both good strikers that know where the goal is, but neither are good enough to play as a lone striker.

A lone striker needs to have a great all round game like Drogba or Torres. Therefore our only option would have been to play Yakubu and Beckford together as a partnership. Why on earth Yakubu was let go is beyond me.

If we wanted to lower the wage bill, why not get rid of Heitinga? On similar wages and we have cover in Jagielka.

It's Moyes' stubborness, and it's gonna cost us our Premiership lives.
Matthew Tait
12   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:02:16

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One thing is clear to me - it the decision was about pure footballing logic, there is no way we would have loaned Yak. He's far better than any of our other strikers in a lone role, with the exception of Saha who is habituablly injured. Yak should have been getting games in rotation with Saha and ahead of Beckford and Anichibe, at least until the end of the season when we could have offloaded him if necessary.

Why then did we loan him? Are we really so broke we couldn't afford his wages until the end of the season?? This seems so crazy I have trouble believing it, but I struggle for any other explanation. Even if Yak was utterly unmotivated, I can't understand why we wouldn't want to keep him around as a decent backup.

All this implies to me that things must be in a very, very perilous state at the club, financially. Maybe the administration talk wasn't as far off as some think? Strange times..
Bertie Alloff
13   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:15:57

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I would think that Yak, altho God knows I love him, is probably playing for a full time move to Leicester, hence his "return to form", combined with playing weaker opposition every week. As soon as he gets a contract he'll resort to his usual frustrating performances with glimpses of brilliance.
David Holroyd
14   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:33:03

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MOYES KNEW what he was buying with Yakubu a goal scorer not a track back merchant.We have not helped our own cause cos we can,t provide him with the right service look at the goals he has scored Feed the YAK and he will score. He is the most natural goal scorer we have had in a long time. Big Vic should have been watching
Jamie Barlow
15   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:39:56

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We got rid because he was shite and wasn't interested. It's not rocket science.
Gavin Ramejkis
16   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:35:45

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Col #7, he scored a screamer past Stoke which he dedicated to the fans then got dropped like a hot turd, when DM finally started to give him any time on the pitch he had lost the edge he seemed to be regaining and any fight for his place. DM claiming at the time that Saha had turned in great training sessions, don't forget not that long ago Saha hadn't scored since last February and the only reason he's currently on 6 for the season is because he scored four against Blackpool.
Ryan Holroyd
17   Posted 14/02/2011 at 17:53:39

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Exactly Jamie #15

Maybe If the fat fuck had come back from the world cup not over weight, not agitating for a move to west ham, had actually run around a bit and scored some goals to justify his wage then maybe we wouldn't be in this position.

People on this website were slagging him off not long back but now he's fucking Ronaldo according to the same people.

He was let go because he was playing shite for EFC plus we are FUCKING SKINT and had to get his wages off our wage Bill. It's not difficult to understand.
Tony Gee
18   Posted 14/02/2011 at 18:39:01

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"He scored a screamer past Stoke which he dedicated to the fans then got dropped like a hot turd"

Who the fuck would ever pick a hot turd up in the first place...!!

I've picked up a couple of cold ones in the past, but usually dog ones to throw at me mates....
Jamie Rowland
19   Posted 14/02/2011 at 19:19:52

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We got rid because he spat his dummy when he was subbed and it caused a tunnel row with Moyes. He didn't start after that and was moved on. I have my source on this one and can verify it to the site editors if required.
James Stewart
20   Posted 14/02/2011 at 19:51:51

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Interesting Jamie. I though it would have been financial given the way things have been going.
John Gee
21   Posted 14/02/2011 at 20:37:45

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He scored one goal this season and at best he's got one indian summer left in his career. And if he has got a purple patch to come, it won't be in the premiership. He's lost his mobility and possibly his appetite for the club. He's got previous when it comes to this, that's why 'bourgh and portsmouth got rid of him.

I don't think anyone is to blame here. He was a good signing for us, got injured,was given a chance by Moyes, never recaptured his form, was loaned out, is playing for a move. It looks like the offer came in for him from Liecester and we took advantage of it. There is every chance that if they'd asked for Saha they would have got him too.
Ian Pilkington
22   Posted 15/02/2011 at 09:12:12

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It's scandalous that Yakubu and Vaughan were loaned out with no replacements arranged, whilst Anichebe was awarded a new contract..
Robert Elstone claimed in his pre-match interview on Radio Merseyside last Sunday that players available in the transfer window did not offer "value for money". Really.
Michael Kenrick
23   Posted 15/02/2011 at 22:41:09

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Intriguing to me that there is a smoking gun story regarding his otherwise puzzling fall from grace. Thanks for posting that, Jamie. It seems to be the only tale that actually fits the facts, as nothing else really makes any sense whatsoever.

But because it's a "conspiracy theory" with "hidden sources" and can never be "confirmed", sadly most fans will conveniently ignore this inconvenient truth. Just like they did with Gary Speed.
Jason Lam
24   Posted 16/02/2011 at 03:11:11

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Jamie #19. If I managed my staff like Moyes I wouldn't have anyone left working for me.


Is it no wonder we don't have proper midfield enforcers in the squad, anyone will a slightest spark of fire in their bellies is SHAFTED out by Moyes the dictator.

Fucking hell, Moyes! Piss off ? I want my best players back!

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