Saturday 16 December 2017

Yakubu boosts Everton

Ayegbeni Yakubu has promised there is plenty more to come from him and the rest of the Everton team this season.

The Nigeria striker scored his first goal since April to secure victory over Stoke at Goodison Park on Saturday and maintain the Toffees' revival.

Having begun October bottom of the Premier League, David Moyes' men are now just four points behind title challengers Manchester City after extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Yakubu's 67th-minute winner also capped a fine personal performance.

The 27-year-old has started Everton's last six matches after being left out at the start of the campaign by Moyes due to a lack of match fitness.

Yakubu said: "As a striker sometimes you have good chances and you don't take them, but I was there at the right time and took it really well.

"It is really good to score goals. It had been six or seven games and I hadn't scored, so to get a goal will give me more confidence and I am going to score goals.

"I think my fitness is really good, better than last season.

"Hopefully, I can score goals and help the team, and the team can achieve something this season.

"It is not going to be easy, but we want to play in Europe next season.

"Hopefully, we will start doing the right thing on the pitch and we will get into Europe -- but there is still a long way to go."

Yakubu's goal was also the first by an Everton striker in the league this season.

Yakubu has struggled to regain his best form since suffering the Achilles injury that ruled him out for almost a year in 2008.

He hit 21 goals in his first season at the club following his £11.25m move from Middlesbrough in 2007.

Irish Independent

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