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Yakubu

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Biography

Date of birth

22/11/1982

Signed

02/02/2015

Country

Nigeria

Beginning his early career in Nigeria, Yakubu then moved to Israel to play for Maccabi Haifa in their respective league.

He played for the side in their group stage matches of the 2002/03 Champions League, netting a hat-trick against Olympiakos and scoring in a 3-0 win over Premier League giants Manchester United.

A winner of the Toto Cup in Israel, Yakubu first came to England that January whilst on loan with Harry Redknapps’ Portsmouth. He helped Pompey become champions of Division One in May, scoring seven times in 14 appearances.

Due to such success, the deal was made permanent for a fee of £4 million in the summer. He played in 37 out of Portsmouth’s 38 Premier League games that season, and scored 16 top flight goals, including four on the final day of the season against Middlesbrough.

A move to the Riverside came to pass in July 2005 with Boro spending £7.5 million for the Nigerian’s goalscoring amenities. Recording 19 goals that season, he found the net against Roma in the UEFA Cup to help seal a spot for Middlesbrough in the 2006 final against Sevilla.

The following season he logged 16 goals, including two in either fixture against Reading, before swapping shirts in a £11.25 million move to Everton in August.

Whilst at Goodison Park, Yakubu notched up 74(+33) appearances and 33 goals, with moves to Leicester, Blackburn, Guangzhou R&F, and Al Rayyan to follow his time as a Toffee.

On 2nd February 2015, the Royals signed the free agent on a contract set to expire at the end of the 2014/15 season.

He made his bow against Leeds at Madejski stadium and scored his one and only goal for the club in our historical FA Cup run against Derby. Yakubu made 3(+8) appearances in total before being released by the club at the end of the season.

  

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