Why we signed Yakubu — Reading FC Coach

Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Head Coach of Reading Football Club, Steve Clarke, has givien insights into why he signed Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, from Qatar despite claims that the player is already a ‘spent force’.

Speaking on Reading’s official website, the proud Coach said amongst other things, the 32-year old Nigerian Striker can create chances in front of goals, hence the reason he signed him into the English Championship Club side.

“We knew what we were getting when we signed him, Yak’s a goalscorer and we brought him in for games like that, when it’s open and you know you’re going to create chances towards the end,” he said after their match over the weekend.

The Coach further explained that Reading had been facing difficult times but since Yakubu joined, he has been able to make things a little easier for the team.

He said, “We’ve had three difficult away games in the cup but each time the fans have gone home happy which is a little bit of joy in a difficult season, we’d take anybody next – home or away. We look forward to the draw, but the game is three weeks away, we’ve got five league games before then, first of all Wigan on Tuesday.

“There’s still work to do in the Championship. We’re seven points off the bottom and we need to secure our position.

“The play-offs look too far, so we’ve given the supporters a run to the quarter final and it would be nice to go further.”

Reading FC is the sixth English club that Yakubu will he playing for since he started his professional career.

Before heading to Qatar, he played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, and Blackburn Rovers.

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