Feed the Yak and he will score.
Ah, Yakubu Ayegbeni. What a player he was.
Rumour has it that, prior to matchday, Yakubu loaded himself up with petrol and diesel (yes, he mixed) and stood in front of a wall headbutting it for 24 hours straight to get himself psyched up. We joke, of course, but at times, it seemed that way.
He was a monster, an animal, a tank. He was the Yak.
The former Nigeria international had already been making waves in the English topflight with Middlesbrough before he linked up with David Moyes’ Everton side in 2007 for an estimated £11million (as per Sky Sports).
Yakubu wanted to take his immense talents and stamp it straight through the European arena, down into the earth crust and out the other side. Conveniently Everton were on a similar path. It was a match made in heaven.
He collected 15 league goals in a season disrupted by his appearance for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations and did well enough to complete the campaign on 21 goals in all competitions. It was a tally many Everton strikers have since struggled to hit, and one that had not been reached since the glory days of Peter Beardsley in 1992.
Unfortunately for Everton’s record signing, things hit a very steep decline from this point. It seemed his diet of nails, explosives, oil, coal and brick had finally caught up with him and a ruptured tendon earned away at Tottenham in November the following season saw him out of action for ten months.
Like a lame horse (but bigger) Yakubu was put out of his misery and sent off the Blackburn in 2011.
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