What? Didn't we buy the Yak from Boro? I don't remember Chelsea or Man U coming in for him.
Yakubu on top form is good enough to play in any team in the world and for me is a different class to Saha. Yak has everything, good link up play, varied movement, class finishing with either foot and will get plenty of chances. The reason Arsenal, Chelsea and United etc dont want him is because he is inconsistent and nothing to do with his ability. If he was consistently on top form we would not have had a sniff of getting him. We have to accept (when he is back to full fitness, next year) that he will be world class for 10 games then championship class for the next 10 games. He has always and will always be like that.
Saha is different. He has fantastic ability and is up there with the most natural goalscorers in the world, sadly that is all he offers. Ive said it all season when he isnt scoring he is pointless. He doesnt have much movement, he doesnt come and link the play, his hold up play is erratic at best and he is very selfish in his play. Basically, he doesnt make many runs that arent helping him to score. That is fine when you are playing for United and have top players around you and you know you will have 60% of the ball in the match but when you are playing for us and possession isnt a guarantee you have to do far more than he does. Far too often we have the ball and he is static 70 yards from the play, the midfield have no options other than to go back or the defence have no option but to look for Cahill's head.
He is a world class goalscorer but in our formation with our players the striker in the system has to be a figure head that comes and gets the ball, holds it up, links the play and allows us to build an attack around. The Yak when on form offers that whereas Saha stands around hoping to get a chance. And that is why I hope the Yak will be the main striker sooner rather the later and use Saha as an option when a goal is needed.
Of course we need a really top striker, how can we afford one? We have no money and we would have to find a miracle player on the cheap, not likely to happen. So we have to have people like Saha and Yak who can be world class but have their limits. The Yak is his consistency and Saha is his desire only to score and do little else.