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Yakubu Is Back In English Football, And Linking Up With A Long-Forgotten Irish Midfielder

By Gavin Cooney
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Excitingly, Yakubu - star of Premier League Years 2005-06 -  is back in English football. The former Middlesbrough and Portsmouth striker is still just 33, and has been playing with Kayserispor in Turkey since leaving Reading in 2015. National League side (the Conference, basically) Boreham Wood have confirmed that Yakubu is on trial with the club, and will line out in a pre-season friendly against Reading later this afternoon.

At Boreham Wood, Yakubu will link up with Irish midfielder Conor Clifford.

Clifford's career was once extremely promising. He was snapped up by Chelsea from Crumlin in 2007, and was captain of the Chelsea team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2010.

Clifford scored the winning goal in the final against Aston Villa, which was Chelsea's first victory in the competition since 1961. Partly down to Chelsea's miserable recent record at promoting youth-team players, Clifford failed to make a first-team appearance for the Blues. He became one of Chelsea's multitudinous loanees: he played briefly with Plymouth, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Portsmouth and Crawley Town, accumulating just 26 appearances.


Clifford descended through the leagues in search of regular first-team football, and has found it at Boreham Wood, with whom he has been playing since 2015.

As a youth player, Clifford presumably expected to play alongside established internationals, albeit presumably not in non-league. That said, Yakubu has not always set international football ablaze:

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[The Guardian]

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