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I found something that quite amused me today, something that Yakubu told Kickoff magazine - a Nigerian publication I believe?

He does the usual I want to stay at Boro, I have never said I want to leave blah, blah, blah but the thing that made me think, 'Yakubu what are you going on about,' were his thoughts that Boro could challenge for the top 4!

'I am happy at Boro and I have never said I wanted to leave.

'I have some fantastic teammates and the fans are great. Boro are one of the big clubs in England and we have the chance to challenge the top four and play in Europe every year.

'But in football, you never know, anything can happen. If a big club comes with a very big amount of money, anything is possible.'

Yakubu must class Pompey as a 'big club' now then; well he must do if he does come back!

He has to say the right things but realistically are Boro likely to be challenging for the top 4 anytime soon - not that I am saying we will either - but my own thinking is they are more likely to be battling in the bottom 4 next season.

After Thursday's 'reports' that Pompey had launched a £12million move for the Nigerian, the Daily Mail today claim Boro have turned down an £8million bid to re sign him.


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Date:Friday June 15 2007
Time: 11:07AM


Well Pompey has changed quite a bit in 4 years but that is what money does. The Yak as with all players won't bite the hand that feeds but will jump ship if it suits him. We are niave to think any different.
15/06/2007 11:30:00
He is right they will be in the 4 teams - but the 4 teams fighting relegation. Pompey wont be in top 4, not yet, maybe one day, but top 6 or 7 fighting Europe? Who knows, why not? anything between 7th and 14th should be our aim, but we are better and bigger than boro now, thats for sure. If we get Yak, and Newcastle have Viduka, thats Boro screwed i think. PuP
15/06/2007 11:35:00
A top 4 team! in which division?
Johnny Kipper
15/06/2007 11:45:00
Boro aren't even a big team in Middlesbrough, is it not their fans after all that coined the song "were just a small club in europe" - Champions league? Yaks having a laugh!
15/06/2007 13:28:00
Boro have been on the hunt for strikers. Jermaine Aleiadierererer is one of them. Cant see Yak going to any of the top 4,so we should be in the running!
15/06/2007 15:48:00
Anybody know if he trotted out the same 'If A Big Club Comes In For Me' toss when he was playing for Macabi Haifa? He needs a new speech writer. Having said that, I'd like to see him back, of course
15/06/2007 16:06:00
In fairness to him though, I seem to recall he came in for a lot of flak and booing when he came to FP with Boro. He may well see that as being turned on by those he thought were his friends. Granted this happens in football and my word did Steve Claridge get more than his fair share of abuse (he took it well too!!), but some are unable to handle it quite the same way and may well hold it against the club for the remainder of their career. He may well be thinking that if he struggles to score enough, will the same mob get on his back again?
15/06/2007 16:19:00
Midge Top 7 only if we manage some sort of away form, i predicted 7 points at the end of august most papers, pundits , sites etc dont give us 7 until the end of september, due to harry's failure yet to secure a goal scorer and Pompey's continual poor away form. I think yak was signalling that if someone pays big bucks, they are a big club and he will leave. Yak only got grief here because he had become a lazy sod, and we should remember to balance the criticism over the duration of his time, either way we havent replaced him as a goal scorer yet.
15/06/2007 18:14:00
my thinking is if we can get 1 or maybe - or more to the point - ideally 2 strikers in that can score goals then our away form will improve, maybe not drastically as i dont want to get carried away. but with a midfield like we have, defence and keeper that we do, goalscoring strikers will take chances that will be created... sort out the away problems like russell says - and we could very well be looking at a top 7 place, agreed...
16/06/2007 01:40:00
Yes, but TPB, Steve Claridge left under different and, for us, more desperate circumstances (his leaving was him showing off, he left us in the lurch and we were almost relegated as a result of being minus one good striker) Yak is no different to most other footballers, wanting more money more trophys more glitz more everything really! SC deserved boo's, Yak did not.
16/06/2007 08:11:00
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