Blackburn Rovers captain Christopher Samba has predicted Yakubu will reach 20 goals for the season.
The Nigerian striker scored all four of Blackburn’s goals in the win over Swansea at Ewood Park on Saturday.
That was only the second for Steve Kean’s side this season, but Samba was unsurprised with Yakubu’s heroics.
“What Yakubu did for us is no surprise to any of us at all,” said Samba
“We know if you give the ball to the Yak he is going to produce something on the right spot for you all the time. It is no surprise at all he got four and we are very happy for him.”
“I have no doubt he can reach 20 easy this season, no problems. We just have to make sure every time he scores we keep the back door shut and win games that way.”
The Congolese gave some insight into the psyche of Yakubu and says his glut of goals against Swansea was due to a drought in training during the week.
“We know what Yakubu is. He is always happy and enjoys his football. When he doesn’t get the ball in training he is not happy,” he added.
“On Saturday he scored four goals and he never scored in training all week so we have to stop him in training all the time.”
However Samba was not so jovial when talking about his side’s defending, stressing how important it is for the Rovers rear-guard to improve.
“We are disappointed at the minute because we feel every time we make a mistake at the minute we are being punished,” he concluded.
“But it is our fault as well. We must not give teams any sniff because this is the Premier League, it is difficult and we need to improve on that and be more resilient.”