Thursday, 13 January 2011

Yak Attack

  Couldn't help the punchline.  Today, Yakubu Aiyegbeni signed for Leicester City on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.  This is possibly the 'big name signing' the new owners were looking for and, as others have said recently, would put possibly the second best striker in the league in the front line for the Foxes (after Craig Bellamy).

Yakubu and Sven meet at the training ground (
  Yakubu last played in England's second tier with Portsmouth as they pipped Leicester to the post to win the title in 2004.  In that season he scored at a rate of one every other game and almost matched that in Portsmouth's debut Premier League season.  Since then, he has racked up £19.7m of transfer fees in moves to Middlesborough and, most recently, Everton, and scored his 100th Premier League goal in 2008.

  That season was cut short, however, by an Achilles injury, and he has hardly played since, although he did score the winner for Everton against Stoke this season.  This loan and maybe permanent deal will hopefully get him back to scoring ways and, although he isn't the fastest, he is sure to scare defences throughout the Championship.

  His debut for Leicester City may well come this weekend away against Preston, who have the second worst home record and the worst defence record in the league.  With 'The Yak' lining up for the Foxes and Sol Bamba's latest exploits, I think Preston could be quaking in their boots...