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2 February 2015

Striker's goalscoring history in depth

The Royals signed Yakubu Aiyegbeni earlier today. Here are some statistics on our new striker that you might not already have seen...

•    With 96 goals, he is the joint second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history, level with Emmanuel Adebayor, behind only Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.

•    He scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut in a 3-0 win for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa at home to Olympiakos in September 2002.

•    With 21 goals, he is the third highest all-time scorer for the Nigerian national team, ahead of Obafemi Martins, Julius Agahowa, Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.

•    Sir Alex Ferguson once reportedly told fellow manager Harry Redknapp: “If you have a chance, get him.”

•    He scored four minutes into his first start for Pompey.

•    As a 17-year-old, he was part of Nigeria’s squad for the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, who drew with Andrea Pirlo’s Italy to reach the knockout stages.

•    In 2003-4 he scored 16 Premier League goals, the same number as Michael Owen and Nicolas Anelka that season. The following year he matched Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Jermain Defoe with 13 top flight goals.

•    In his first season at Middlesbrough he beat Didier Drogba’s Premier League tally and 12 goals in 2006-7 saw him score as many as Dimitar Berbatov. Then, at Everton, he matched Robbie Keane and bettered Carlos Tevez’s total with 15 Premier League goals in 2007-8.

•    With Blackburn he also scored freely, firing his best record of 17 Premier League goals in 2011-12 to beat Mario Balotelli, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in the rankings.

•    He has represented Nigeria in four African Cup of Nations tournaments.

•    Featuring in the 2010 World Cup Finals with the Super Eagles, Yakubu played against Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria and scored a penalty to earn a point for his country against South Korea in their final group game.

•    Middlesbrough reportedly recouped their £7.5m paid to Portsmouth in 2005 for the striker, by selling him for £11.5m to Everton two years later.

•    His first Premier League goal was scored past Manchester City’s David Seaman in August 2003. His most recent Premier League goal was scored at Stamford Bridge on his final appearance for Blackburn in May 2012.

•    The Nigerian has scored against eight different England international goalkeepers (David Seaman, Rob Green, Paul Robinson, Richard Wright, Scott Carson, Joe Hart, David James and John Ruddy).

•    His first Premier League hat-trick (he has scored four in total to date) saw him score four times past Mark Schwarzer’s Middlesbrough on the final day of his first top flight season.

•    He has also found a way past the likes of Brad Friedel, Edwin Van Der Sar, Jens Lehmann, Shay Given, Petr Cech, Heurelho Gomes, Woichech Szcezny and David De Gea.

•    Yakubu has played twice before at Madejski Stadium, scoring for Middlesbrough on the opening day of the Royals’ first ever top flight season before playing a part in Leicester City’s 3-1 defeat here in April 2011.

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