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PROFILE: Coventry City's latest addition Yakubu - Find out about City's new striker and his career to date!

13 February 2017

'The Yak' signs on the dotted line in a deal until close of 2016/17 season...

Today, Coventry City announced the signing of ex-Premier League striker Yakubu Ayegbeni on a deal until May.

The 34-year old first came to England in 2003 with Portsmouth, and went on to enjoy nine year's in the top flight and Championship, scoring over 130 goals. 

The Yak has also been a regular for his national side, representing Nigeria at four African Cup of Nations and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Read the full profile below... 


Playing Career

1997-97: Julius Berger
1998: Gil Vicente(Loan)
1998-03: Maccabi Haifa
1999-00: Hapoel Kfar Saba(Loan)
2003: Portsmouth(Loan)
2003-05: Portsmouth
2005-07: Middlesborough
2007-11: Everton
2011: Leicester City(Loan)
2011-12: Blackburn Rovers
2012-13: Guangzhou R&F
2014-15: Al Rayyan
2015: Reading
2015-16: Kayserispor

Playing Profile

Having begun his career in Nigeria with Premier League outfit Julius Berger, Israeli side Maccabi Haifa paid a reported £300,000 for his services in 1998. The striker's most prolific year at the club came during the 2001/02 campaign, when he scored 13 times in 22 games.

The 'Yak' initially signed for Portsmouth on loan in 2003, helping Pompey win promotion to the Premier League, scoring seven goals in 14 appearances. Manager Harry Redknapp soon made the move permanent for a reported £4 million, and the investment was duly repaid. An ever-present in the Portsmouth side that term, he scored 16 leagues goals to become the club's top scorer and joint-sixth in the division.

During his time at Pompey, his 28 Premier League goals make him the south coast side's highest ever scorer in the division, with nine more than their second-highest, Benjani.  

Two further big money moves followed, with a £7.5million move to Middlesborough, where he reached the 2006 UEFA Cup Final, before an £11.25million move to Merseyside with Everton.

He scored eleven minutes into his debut for the club and finished with 21 goals in all competitions that season. Spells at Leicester and Blackburn followed, in which he maintained his impressive strike rate, scoring 18 goals in 40 games.

The Yak left England in 2012 to join the ever-growing Chinese Super League with Guangzhou R&F, where he made his debut against local rivals Guangzhou Evergrande. He scored an 87th minute winner to end the opposition's 34-match unbeaten run.

The striker had brief stints at Al Rayyan, a return to England with Reading and Kayserispor in Turkey before arriving in the West Midlands. 

Yakubu has also featured heavily for his national side, scoring 21 goals in his 57 appearances, making him the third highest-ever international goalscorer for Nigeria.

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