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Tuesday 30 April 2013

On this day: Yakubu signs for Portsmouth

Looking back at the history of the Premier League, we recall Pompey's signing of a quicksilver striker

  • Aug 2003: Yakubu scores his first Barclays Premer League against Man City's David Seaman

  • May 2003: Yakubu (right) celebrates promotion with Deon Burton (left) and Lassina Diakite

  • Aug 2004: Harry Redknapp congratulates Yakubu after his hat-trick helped beat Fulham 4-3

  • May 2004: The Nigeria striker scores four goals in a 5-1 win over Middlesbrough

  • Aug 2006: After joining Middlesbrough, Yakubu enjoys a goal against Reading

  • Mar 2010: The Yak celebrates scoring at Birmingham during a four-year spell at Everton

  • Sep 2011: Two goals in a 4-3 win over Arsenal were among 17 he scored for Blackburn rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 30 April 2003 - Yakubu signs for Portsmouth

Having joined on loan as a relative unknown from Maccabi Haifa in January, Yakubu Ayegbeni was snapped up in a permanent deal for £4m after helping Portsmouth win the Championship title.

"If he scored another 19 next season we'd be more than happy with that"
Harry Redknapp

The 20-year-old averaged a goal every other game at Fratton Park to help Harry Redknapp’s charges reach the Barclays Premier League.

"He hit a real hot streak at the tail-end of the season, doing what we all hoped he could in the Premier League,” said Redknapp. "He could have scored 40 goals if he had been finishing like that all season. But if he scored another 19 next season we'd be more than happy with that."

Yakubu was not far off that top-flight tally, his pace and power proving the scourge of many a defence as he rattled off 16 goals in 37 League appearances to finish the sixth-highest goalscorer in the division and help his side finish 13th in the table.

"The Yak" scored 12 the following season as Pompey avoided relegation by six points, before securing a move in 2005 to Middlesbrough, where he scored 25 goals in 73 Barclays Premier League appearances. Two years later he moved to Everton, where he again scored 25 times, this time from 83 league matches. In 2011, he moved to Blackburn Rovers, who were relegated despite the striker’s 17 top-flight goals. In his nine years in the Barclays Premier League the Nigeria international netted 95 times.

Click on the gallery above to view some of Yakubu's most memorable moments

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Harry Redknapp signed Yakubu Ayegbeni for Portsmouth