Steve Kean has backed on-fire striker Yakubu to become the first Blackburn player to top 20 Premier League goals in a season since Alan Shearer in 1996.

Yakubu has already hit the back of the net nine times in eight starts in the league so far this campaign - including all four last weekend in the 4-2 victory over Swansea - and Rovers boss Kean says there is no reason why the Nigerian should not breach 20.

Kean said: "Any top striker thrives on good service. He has an eye for goal and he's in a position now when he gets any chance he expects to score. Last week he had five chances and scored four and was a couple of inches away from the fifth which would have been fantastic. If we can keep him fit there is no reason why he can't get those 20 goals in the season."

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