Yakubu has backed Romelu Lukaku to become the first Everton player since Gary Lineker to score 20 league goals in a season.
“He is really good, he’s young and quick,” he said. “He can keep the ball, he can score goals. He’s going to score more goals. For me, I was unlucky I didn’t score more in my second season, but with this guy, I think he can score more than 20 goals,” he said.
“I wish I could play with him. When I see him play I just remember myself when I was there, the way he kicks the balls, the way he runs, the way he shoots with his left foot. The players like him, they always give him the goal, he has confidence and even when he doesn’t score, he still tries to.”
The Nigerian enjoyed a 20-goal haul of his own during his time on Merseyside, becoming the first Everton player since Peter Beardsley in 1991/92 to reach the milestone in all competitions.
After a stunning debut year with the Blues, the 34-year-old never quite reached those heights again during his four years at the club, but still remains a popular figure with fans.
Yakubu also has a special place in his heart for his former side, and thinks the top six is not out of reach under Ronald Koeman.
“He’s a very, very good manager,” Yakubu said of the Dutchman. “He’s changed the team, there’s some young players, Lukaku is scoring goals. It’s different from David Moyes.