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In todays match between Blackburn and Arsenal our old mate Yakubu had a starring role, scoring 2 and strongly involved in Blackburn's other 2 goals.

Is this just the normal way, with Yakubu giving a good first impression for then spending too much time at Burger King, or did we do a bad deal when we sold him?

I think it's just a blaff, and soon he'll be on the meat wagon again, giving less and less on the field. but then I could be wrong and we've let go a true top striker for pocket change.
Gaute Lie, Norway     Posted 17/09/2011 at 14:31:45

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Ian McDowell
1   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:39:15

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The Yak is never gonna be a striker for top teams. We are unfortunately not a top team anymore. I believe a squad with the Yak in either on the bench or starting is more likely to get a goal than not.
Pat Finegan
2   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:39:39

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He's great as long as he's interested.
Kevin Hudson
3   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:42:22

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He's always started well for teams he signed for before fading somewhat..
Brian Waring
4   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:43:47

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At 1.5m, even before todays game, Blackburn got a bargain.
Oliver Molloy
5   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:52:14

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Who cares,move on for goodness sake.
Jimmy Hacking
6   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:54:35

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The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
decent player, not the player he was, could easily score 25 a season in the championship, and Arsenal's defense was championship standard.
can see him scoring a mediocre 6 or 7 goals all season, so in my opinion he's good enough for Blackburn or Wigan but not for Everton.
Ian Bennett
7   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:44:03

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Good signing for Blackburn, i am sure he will score goals. Really depends who everton bring in. A 9m loss aint the best, although 50k per week off the wage bill if he isn't going to play is not a bad move.
Brian Waring
8   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:01:29

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Thats a strange one Jimmy " Can see him scoring a mediocre 6 or 7 goals all season, so in my opinion he's good enough for Blackburn or Wigan but not for Everton " Considering our leading league goalscorer last season was Cahill with 9.
Dalziel Kane
9   Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:56:57

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Yak was a proven scorer or at least quite effective at previous clubs such as 'Boro before he joined up, big things were expected but it never really happened for him on Merseyside did it.

Pleased for him today, really, but I think there could be more setbacks than star moments in his Rovers career, he's no longer an Everton player but I wish him well. He did OK today.
Kieran Kinsella
10   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:06:11

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The goals took no energy or power they were typical goal hanger right place/right time sort of roll ins. Remember his weak shots in the world cup that just slipped by the post? Before his injury he could really smack the ball with power and he could take players on. Now he is just the guy who can place it if he happens to be in the right place to get the ball.
Paul Dewhurst
11   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:08:49

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Give him the ball in the box he will normally hit the target. Ask him to play up front on his own with his back to goal and to run channels it's like asking a defender to Play in midfield or playing a midfielder up front? Round peg in a square hole. He was sold due to a fall out with the manager, wish him the best of luck
Andrew Humphrey
12   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:18:11

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I think the key with his recent form with Everton was in the song - Feed the Yak...any striker would struggle with the service we've been providing in the last two years.
Having said that, he may well do well for Blackburn, and 1m or whatever we got was a long way short on the 11m or so we paid, but we simply can't afford his wages and I'd rather have our current squad than one with Yak if it meant no Drenthe for example.
John Daley
13   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:47:30

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He might of scored twice but how hard did he work? A strikers main duty is to run himself into the ground doing unselfish donkey work, not slacking off and scoring goals.
Kevin Freaney
14   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:58:12

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Was he in a 4-4-2?

Moyes...you fucked up once more!
Matt Traynor
15   Posted 17/09/2011 at 18:58:14

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John #12, The Yak never had that work ethic at any of his (many) previous clubs. Moyes undoubtedly did his homework...

Personally I think we undersold, and overpaid to begin with, but I would never have picked him as a Moyes-type in the first place.

I'd still rather we'd retained him, but some on here never gave him a break, laughingly questioning his age etc... I probably used to stand near some of them in the 80s when we had a certain rep...
James Boden
16   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:05:34

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'He might of scored twice but how hard did he work? A strikers main duty is to run himself into the ground doing unselfish donkey work, not slacking off and scoring goals.'

John Daley did I read that correctly or do I need to visit Specsavers?
Blackburn bought him to score goals, we previously bought him to score goals.
We bought Andrew Johnson before him to score goals, Tony Cottee before that, Gary Lineker before that and Bob Latchford before that and so on.

What is this fascination with expecting your Centre Forward to be running his bollocks off?
Only the top bracket can combine the 2 roles and as Yakubu never was I was quite content if he was putting it into the back of the net.
Quite frankly if Vellios scores a brace next week or the week after I couldn't give a toss if he nowhere near the corner flag.
Goals win games believe it or not
Rory Slingo
17   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:23:19

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#7 Brian, 9 goals isn't good enough for Everton either!
Paul Olsen
18   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:32:53

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#14 i think you might have missed #12`s attempt at irony
Simon Templeman
19   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:23:32

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James Boden, I think John Daley was using something called sarcasm
Paul Olsen
20   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:35:11

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Errr. #15 missed it i might say
James Boden
21   Posted 17/09/2011 at 19:38:02

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Simon Templeman having re-read his post it has occured to me of my error!

I now know whom he was referring to and I agree wholeheartedly.
Christopher Marston
22   Posted 17/09/2011 at 20:36:18

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My god some people are thick
Ian McDowell
23   Posted 17/09/2011 at 20:54:46

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John Daley @12 Love it.
Tony McNulty
24   Posted 17/09/2011 at 20:53:53

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He won't score more goals than his age throughout the remainder of his career. Get down to Paddy Power now.
Joe McMahon
25   Posted 17/09/2011 at 21:02:21

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To be honest, Our great strikers of the 80's & 70's would struggle in the Sir David Moyes, hold, chase upfront on your own bollocks. Christ he'd have Dixie Dean defending corners!
Jimmy Sorheim
26   Posted 17/09/2011 at 20:55:41

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Only one thing to say to Moyes regarding the free give away of Yak. You fucked up in a mjor way, plus when are you gonna stop creating bust ups with all our top players, you cant seem to keep hold of anyone who has another opinion than you. Ronney,Yobo,Jo,Yakubu and Anichebe. It is destructive and it is ruining our club. Plus your tone with journalists is pretty foul too, you always have to take everything the wrong way, like you are being attacked, are you paranoid? It has to stop, it is getting old and it is disrespectful to the fans as well. To lose Arteta was bad but to give Yakubu away for nearly nothing just because of another one of your stupid bust ups is just pointless and destructive. How big is your ego, bigger than this club? Enough is enough. I am infuriated of your lack of financial insight!
James Boden
27   Posted 17/09/2011 at 21:57:26

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HAHAHA! Joe McMahon that comment about Dixie Dean defending corners was bloody funny!
Andrew James
28   Posted 17/09/2011 at 21:59:46

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@25

I disagree with this. I'm quite glad DM takes issue with players who break the club's disciplinary codes.

Yakubu and Yobo did just that a couple of times.

As for the Rooney comment...WTF?

Then Jo? Did you ever see him play away from home? Has he done anything since we sent him back to City?

That leaves Anichebe who continues to play despite a non existent goal return. Which, again, makes your point look ridiculous because although DM and Vic once fell out, they must still have a strong relationship.

Next you go on about Arteta. We loved Mikel but his set pieces in the last 2 seasons cost us loads of goal scoring opportunities. Now we have 2 big men up top, I am relieved that Leighton will be taking them.

DM does tend to fall out with forwards but then they are the most volatile and arrogant members of the squad. Many managers see them like racehorses, not just DM. He does need to adapt a little to their ridiculous egos but then our budget doesn't exactly help where we end up with fragile wrecks like Saha!
Jamie Tulacz
29   Posted 17/09/2011 at 22:00:52

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Jimmy (25)- certainly not the man I see in interviews. He comes across to me as a decent, respectful, intelligent guy, who's always willing to answer questions well.

Yes I agree not good to get rid of Yak for so little, but let's be honest he's not done anything for us for a couple of year, a pattern repeated from several other clubs, losing interest after a year or so.



As for falling out with players, how do we know what's going on behind closed doors, and whose fault it is exactly. Judging by the average intelligence and maturity levels of most footballers, I wouldn't take them as being in the right most of the time.

As for Rooney, well I think we all know what he's like as a person, and Rooney has since apologised and admitted to being in the wrong. Jo had a breach of conduct (and hardly missed anyway) and Yobo (also not really missed now) apparently refused to play in a game where we had Tony Hibbert as next choice centre-back
Iain Love
30   Posted 17/09/2011 at 22:26:58

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I thought the Yak had been sold ? Not arsed if he's scored for someone else nowt do with us , and can't people find other things to have a go at Moyes about , fuck me an ex player scores and Moyes is a cunt, grow up he got shot of the Yak to reduce the wages and a bit of money to pay for some loan signings. Who incidently combined to score for us today.
Christopher Kelly
31   Posted 17/09/2011 at 22:43:33

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Daley you're on a roll...Did your hot streak start with the "Elstone looking like a Ken doll whose had a hard life" or was it before that? regardless, keep it up..

regarding Yakubu, we all know Moyes is a striker killer. Always has been always will be. It's just the way it is. As long as he's here we'll play mediocre "survival style" football. All he cares about is staying up. Not that thats a bad goal but we'll clearly never win anything. Just saying
Sam Higgins
32   Posted 17/09/2011 at 22:59:30

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Yakubu is a cock. He slagged off Everton on MOTD tonight. He only ever scores in his first couple of games and then he fades. Hes complete shit.
Ian McDowell
33   Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:08:08

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I didn't here him slag Everton off. He just said he never got the chance at Everton.
Andy Crooks
34   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:02:38

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John Daley, you're on a roll at the minute.Good stuff.
Aiden Doyle
35   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:32:38

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Particularly enjoyed the way that the Yak launched himself almost an inch into the air in celebration. He may have scored twice today, but (admittedly based upon the MOTD highlights) he didn't even look like a professional athlete, yet alone a top-class striker that we let go too cheaply.
Brian Waring
36   Posted 19/09/2011 at 20:31:52

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Aiden, the Yak was given MOTM.
Paul Holmes
37   Posted 20/09/2011 at 22:57:35

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The Yak had a bad injury and it took him last season to get back into things, but Moyes never played him and now playing for Blackburn (and looking slim) he is getting back to his old self. He scored 2 against Arsenal (when did the last Everton striker do this!). Also, he played the full 90 minutes, Moyes had him on the bench or subbed him after half time!

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