Former Reading striker and Blackburn team-mate backs Yakubu to shine at Championship club

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Jason Roberts is pleased to see Yakubu has joined Reading.

Reading completed one of the most surprising deals of transfer deadline day. The Championship club has snapped up the former Nigerian international from Qatari outfit Al Rayyan. Yakubu has been out of English football since leaving for Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in 2012.

His signing certainly bares resemblance to that of Jason Roberts in 2012. Reading snapped up the veteran striker from Blackburn Rovers in January 2012 on an 18-month contract. During his time at the Berkshire club he had a sensational start and helped the club to promotion to the Premier League for the 2012-13 season.

Unfortunately his time at Reading was marred at the end, by a persistent hip injury. That saw him retire from football football in March 2014.

Roberts was a former team-mate of Yakubu's at Blackburn and as far as Roberts is confirmed it is a great signing. He confirmed as such on his official Twitter account earlier today, stating:

 

The arrival of Yakubu has also come toward the end of his career but has undoubted quality which is proven by his time at Everton, Middlesbrough and Everton.

But hopefully he can have a similar instant impact at Roberts, but with a little more longevity than the Grenadian gave The Royals.

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