–Clarke Assures ex-Eagles striker can play alongside Pavel
Yakubu and Pavel Pogrebnyak can work together, says Reading FC boss Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke is confident he will find a way of turning Yakubu and Pavel Pogrebnyak into a potent strike partnership.
Questions have been raised about how the forwards, who have similar style will be able to work alongside each other.
They have yet to play together as Yakubu was left on the bench last Saturday as Reading claimed an impressive 2-1 win at Wolves.
But Royals’ boss is adamant he will be able to get the pair, being dubbed Pogreb’n’Yak by some supporters, firing together.
“I think I see all the strikers being able to play together if I choose them because that is what they’ll have to do,” said Clarke, who was delighted by his side’s win at Molineux.
“If I choose for them to play together then we’ll have to find a way to make them work.
“It’s something that we’ll look at over the coming weeks. If we can find a way of getting Pav and Yakubu to play together then we will or Simon (Cox) and Yakubu. We’ve got good combinations now.
“We’ve got Nick Blackman who can play up front as well. It’s just given us a little bit more strength in forward positions. I think that’s what we needed.
“Everybody spoke about the loss when Glenn Murray left us. We’ve tried to fill that void in a way that is not detrimental to the club going forward.”
The deadline day capture of Yakubu has proved to be a real hit with the majority of supporters, not just at Madejski Stadium but around the whole country.
The Nigerian frontman, who has 96 Premier League goals to his name, is a hugely popular figure in England after successful spells with Portsmouth, Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn.
And football fans across England are delighted to see him back.
“That says a lot about the player and what he’s done in the game,” said Clarke. “The fact that so many people want to talk about him.
“If you look at his goalscoring record it is absolutely phenomenal and we’re hoping he can bring that to Reading Football Club.