Yakubu wants Everton record
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has the perfect stage to break an Everton goalscoring record in the Merseyside derby.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 29/03/08 12:20pm
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has the perfect stage to claim his 20th of the season and break a Toffees' goalscoring record in the Merseyside derby.
The Nigerian striker needs one goal to become Everton's first player to net 20 in a season since Peter Beardsley in 1992, and Yakubu fancies his chances in the crucial derby game against Liverpool tomorrow.
"If I can score more than 20 goals it will be very nice," he told the Daily Star.
"There is still a little way to go but at the moment everything is going so well that I am confident I can score more goals.
"I believe that whenever I have the ball I can score. That is what I want to do because I am a striker and I just enjoy it.
"I take every game as it comes and whenever I have a chance I believe I can score so I will keep on scoring."
Yakubu's goals will go a long way to repaying the £11.25m Everton paid Middlesbrough for the 25-year-old in August.
And boss David Moyes is happy with the response of his striker after fining the Nigerian two weeks' wages for returning home late from international duty.
"We bought him in the hope he would continue the form he showed for Portsmouth and Boro and he has done that. It would be great if he can do it tomorrow," Moyes said.
Derby day victory will see Everton climb above their Merseyside rivals in the battle for that lucrative fourth Champions League spot.
The Toffees will be looking to put the October defeat behind them after a card-happy Mark Clattenberg sent off both Tony Hibbert and Phil Neville for the Blues and awarded Liverpool two controversial penalties.
After the game a furious Moyes was summoned by the FA to explain his outburst but feels that tomorrow's game should not be seen as bitter revenge.
"I don't look at football like that," he said. "That game has gone and you move on.
"Our first priority is to finish fifth at worst, so that we can at least get back into Europe again."