The Daily Mail report that Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu has accused former club Middlesbrough of lacking ambition, citing this as a main factor behind his decision to leave the club. Eyebrows were certainly raised in the summer when both he and Mark Viduka left the club after striking up a formidable partnership for much of the season.
Yakubu said: ”I wanted to move to a club which had ambition and at the moment Everton have ambition. They are fighting for trophies and they want to finish in the top six and play in Europe.
‘Before I left Portsmouth I looked at Middlesbrough and saw they had ambition, but I don’t think the ambition is there any more. With no disrespect to the players, Middlesbrough are not that ambitious and that is why I had to leave.”
Indeed, it appears that Boro’s ambition this season extends to no more than staying in the Premier League. They’ve badly missed the Nigerian’s firepower, scoring just 18 goals in 21 matches to date. It could be a tough January for Gareth Southgate’s men, with an FA Cup trip to Bristol City this weekend, before games against Liverpool, Blackburn and fellow-strugglers Wigan.