League One strugglers secure services of ex-Premier League striker


The ‘Yak’ is back in England! Former Premier League striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has joined League One outfit Coventry City on a short-term deal.

The 34-year-old has penned a contract that will keep him at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the current season, pending international clearance.

Yakubu, who has a wealth of experience in English football, returns to England after a brief stint at Turkish club Kayserispor. He has played for a variety of English clubs, including Everton, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and, most recently, Reading.

With the Sky Blues languishing at the foot of the League One table, Coventry fans will be hoping Yakubu’s abundance of experience and impressive goal-scoring record will help the club avoid relegation to League Two.

Coventry manager Russell Slade told the club’s website: “We’re pleased to have secured the signing of Yakubu, who brings vast experience and a terrific goal record.

“His professional career speaks for itself, having scored consistently at the highest level of English football, and will act as a superb role model for the younger players.

“He is astute on the ball, has clear quality and presence, and we’ll continue to work on his match fitness as we prepare for the final 16 games of this season.”

Yakubu is a player who certainly knows where the back of the net is, having netted over 130 career goals in England. He has plenty of experience at the highest level, having notched up 95 goals in 252 Premier League appearances, across spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn.

His most recent season in the top flight in 2011/12 saw him bag an creditable 17 goals in 31 games at Blackburn, although he was unable to prevent the Lancashire club from relegation to the Championship.

Coventry supporters will hope Yakubu can be as prolific at the Ricoh Arena in a relegation battle of their own. Following a 14-match winless run in the league, Russell Slade’s side are 10 points shy of safety, with a 3-2 defeat against relegation rivals Oldham Athletic their latest setback.

Starting with tomorrow’s clash with AFC Wimbledon, the Sky Blues are set for a crucial February, which sees them take on fellow strugglers Gillingham, Swindon Town and Bury, so will need their new addition to have his shooting boots on sooner rather than later.

Can Yakubu fire Coventry to safety?



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