Friday 15th July 2011 - Gigg Lane, Bury
Yakubu is first choice striker with Beckford - within minutes he scores... "that" grin is back and with no cash in the coffers it seems maybe the Yak is Back!
But no ? see this snippet from the team base in US:
With the recuperating Louis Saha the only notable first-team absentee ? along with Joseph Yobo and Yakubu, both of whom are expected to leave the club before the season?s start ? Moyes was able to run the rule over the shape of his side with the Premier League?s big kick-off a little under four weeks away.My question is:? Why bother using him in the friendly v Bury if he was never gonna be back in contention??
Si Harwood, Posted 19/07/2011 at 13:19:21
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1 Posted 19/07/2011 at 13:34:12
2 Posted 19/07/2011 at 13:43:16
It's strange that a proven Premier League striker supposedly entering his prime (he's 28 apparently) has so little interest in him.
3 Posted 19/07/2011 at 13:47:13
4 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:03:03
Oh, and he's better than Anichebe!!
5 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:11:10
6 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:12:43
7 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:25:48
The media rumours abound but Moyes is now off to The States with what will be his squad for the start of the season, it seems. Forget the results from pre-season games ? it's the team fitness that counts, and hopefully they will be fighting fit for the first league game.
Many clubs are wheeling and dealing but not Everton. Arguably one of the most impressive performers from last season Charlie Adam had not impressed Moyes but, maybe because our left sided midfielders were so outstanding, he decided not to ask about him.
Could not Moyes have offered Yaks and Yobo or at least Yaks and Osman and some cash? I guess not.
So we enter the new season basically hoping some of the ''fringe'' players can step up and make an impression as we all know the usual suspects won't cut it.
8 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:39:09
9 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:25:42
There must be something more than he's just turned shit. A fit and firing Yak would be my wish for the start of the new season, financials considered.
10 Posted 19/07/2011 at 14:55:32
Perhaps he is a lazy fatty after all.
Not sure how many athletes consider a Nando's at lunch hour a good way to prepare for a gruelling long season?
11 Posted 19/07/2011 at 15:07:03
12 Posted 19/07/2011 at 15:12:52
13 Posted 19/07/2011 at 15:24:04
14 Posted 19/07/2011 at 16:48:59
15 Posted 19/07/2011 at 17:02:07
16 Posted 19/07/2011 at 17:05:27
17 Posted 19/07/2011 at 17:46:48
18 Posted 19/07/2011 at 18:19:15
James, I thought the Yak damaged his achilles in Nov 2008. Even with a twelve month recupperation he should have been fit before that. And yes, I KNOW how serious an injury it was.
19 Posted 19/07/2011 at 18:34:53
20 Posted 19/07/2011 at 18:17:28
21 Posted 19/07/2011 at 19:08:03
From where I was sitting at Gigg Lane on Friday night, and to paraphrase Brian's Mum, "he's not the Messiah, he's a very lazy boy " !
Moyes sent him out to play "up top" with Beckford, but within 20 minutes, he was blowing out of his whatsit, and as he couldn't keep up, literally.
He only scored as he had parked himself in the six yard box from a corner, and scored with the easiest of flick-ons from a strong Fellaini header.
For the remainder of the game, he either dropped deeper and deeper, or had a five minute breather out on the wing. I know, because he practically sat in the seat next to me ! Several times in the second half, Baines, Gueye, or yes, even Anichebe, flew down the wings, and sent over good crosses, only to discover that Yakubu was 20 yards behind the play. Beckford limping off was the end of our goal threat, as Yakubu looked disinterested and worn out, in equal measure, shuffling around the halfway line.
So, forget what he did 3 years ago, and don't expect big things from Yakubu this season. For me, if any club offered £3M+, I'd snap their hand off.
22 Posted 19/07/2011 at 21:30:18
23 Posted 20/07/2011 at 03:02:44
Spot on, and Yobo must be getting a few bob after having been with us around 10 years.
Remember we shipped players out on loan to get them off the wage bill and nothing has changed since then.
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