By Bimbo Adesina:
YAKUBU Aiyegbeni may have hit goalscoring form after a long lay-offdue to injury, however, Everton has hinted that the Nigerian striker contract may not be renewed at the end of season. Aiyegbeni will be out of contract at the end of 2010/2011 season.
Everton are putting together a series of new contract offers to current players to keep David Moyes’ squad intact, but view Aiyegbeni as ageing and prone to injury.
Moyes will have to shop in the bargain basement as he find scores in the Bosman market to bolster the numbers at Goodison Park. Already, Jack Rodwell, 18, and Dan Gosling, 20, are on long deals but could be offered better terms to fend off any interest
Ayegbeni joined Everton for a Club record fee of £11.25 million from Middlesbrough to Merseyside with the 2007/08 season barely two weeks old.
Aiyegbeni’s Everton career got off to a flying start when he scored on his debut against Bolton Wanderers. He remained a constant scoring threat throughout the season, notching a career best 21 goals.
That haul included hat-tricks against Fulham and SK Brann. But it wasn’t an unblemished season for the striker as he was dropped by David Moyes following a late return from the African Cup of Nations.
Yakubu was the first Toffees player to score more than 20 goals in a season since Peter Beardsley in 1992.
And he began the 2008/09 campaign in similar fashion, notching four times in the first five games.
Sadly though, his season ended in late November when a ruptured Achilles as Tottenham ruled him out until the summer of 2009.
Aiyegbeni made his comeback in September 2009, and scored in the Carling Cup at Hull that month. He then featured regularly before heading to the African Cup of Nations after Christmas.
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