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The bemoaning of losing the Yak

The bemoaning of losing the Yak

Harry Redknapp has been bemoaning the fact in The News that we lost Yakubu, and that he was unable to get him back: 'I bought him here. Then when I left they decided to sell him, which was a very clever move.

'When I came back I was left with some other strikers who probably couldn't have cleaned his boots.

'Yakubu was fantastic for me when I had him. He got 19 goals the first year we went up. It's not like he's suddenly improved.

'He's a goalscorer, he's strong, he's a handful, very powerful and quick. He's a great lad as well.

'I could have brought him back if I had paid £12m. I really thought he would have ended up at about £8m and that was what I was waiting for.

'People kept saying he wants to leave and Middlesbrough want to sell him and I thought he would be about £8m. I hung on, really, hoping that would be the case but it wasn't.

'He's good value anyway because he'll get goals. He's a great signing for Everton'.

At the end of the day Redknapp left the club, what happened after was not good or clever but was pretty much inevitable anyway…

My own thinking is that even if Redknapp had not left us when he had we would have still lost Yakubu - and probably around the same time that we had anyway. He made it perfectly clear at the time he left he wanted to go, so it was not as if we could keep him even if we had wanted to at the time - this is not say we wanted him to go of course…

We all know what Yakubu can do, so lets not big him up anymore, he scored 2 goals yesterday but in many ways he did not win the game for Everton - yep, clearly he scored the goals that did - David Moyes making the tactical change that he did, when he did in bringing on Andrew Johnson and exploiting the shortcomings that have been exposed at the back in recent times won Everton the game, in many ways we helped make him look an even better player than he is.

In short Yakubu is a fantastic striker, we lost him - we would have anyway, we might have wanted him back - but did not get him back, so lets focus on who we do have. It is also time to stop detracting from the real truth of why we lost the Everton game, but at the same time it is time to draw a line under it and hopefully make some changes to kick on again, and we know where this begins next weekend…


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Date:Monday March 3 2008
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I do not believe Yakubu is a good team player Talented yes. But now he has a very strong manager who will not put up with any nonsense and this will benifet his abilities.
03/03/2008 14:18:00
Hello everybody. Have you seen Phil Neville inteview about Yakubu on Sky Sports News???? He said a really nice sentence : "We make Yakubu a better player and He makes us a better team" it is as simple as that, he found the right team for him, with right team mates behind him.
03/03/2008 14:28:00
the yak taught campbell yesterday.Harry needs to drop campbell put Hermann Hreidarsson in the centre or wait for linvoy to come back with aubey at left back.
stfc ballboy
03/03/2008 16:20:00
We have always known that Yak has been capable of this! The only thing I have been surprised about is the pundits surprise!
03/03/2008 16:25:00
It's not the first time Yak or Cahill have scored against us & we have been well beaten by Everton before. The head knew it was always going to be difficult, the heart hoped something else.
03/03/2008 19:07:00
The Yak is a fantastic striker and we should never have let him go, like many african players he can be hit and miss, we should know more than most. Still believe that the loss of Gary O, and Benjani will be our downfall. Come on arry teams now know how to play us so something has to change.
03/03/2008 19:57:00
Hi there, Germaine Defoe here, er . . . . is Harry trying to tell me something? When I came here Hal said I was the best striker in the world, now I seem to have dropped down the pecking order to 2nd. Bugger! Harry, I've got this clause in my contract . . . . apparantly I can't speak to him at the moment, he's on the phone to Man City or something.
03/03/2008 21:08:00
I realised trough the way Benjani was dismissed by Harry that Portsmouth was on the wrong track and I said it straight away in this forum. You can not build a strong team if you manipulate your players like goods, one goes for another one who comes, its not arithmetic. I felt very sorry about Benjani, he must have felt like ***** rushing to the airport because he was sold like a piece of meat, falling asleep in the airport (probably hoping he would miss the deadline". A player will never give 100% if he doest feel the manager´s trust. How often have we heart harry saying "he was very good for us" after hailing that same player? Nobody in the team feels rooted or part of a cemented ensemble. I like portsmouth a lot but I dont really care what happens to a team which gives me a feeling that any player can be removed, swapped, pushed around like a toy, its not what I appreciate about football and a team like portsmouth these days doesnt represent a healthy environment . I hope it makes a way!
03/03/2008 21:16:00
nice one Et-tu, that's exactly how I see it too
03/03/2008 21:17:00
i hear what you are saying bongosamy, i dont like it either but it is the way football is going, it is a business and people want to make money - but they also want to be with the very best dont they, so this means people coming and going - being treated like cattle is not something i like but what can we do, i will always be a pompey fan no matter what...
03/03/2008 21:28:00
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