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Everton manager David Moyes believes that Yakubu will hit a purple patch of form once he regains full fitness.

The Toffees have played some good football this season, but have still been on the receiving end of the wrong sort of results in the Premier League. Having accumulated only two points from their four games so far, only West Ham United remain below the Merseyside club in the current standings.

However, Moyes' men put in an inspired performance last weekend to score twice during the death and seal a 3-3 draw with Manchester United.

But despite the encouraging result, it may come as a bit of concern that none of the club's strikers have scored a goal in the league this season. Now the ex-Preston North End manager is looking towards Yakubu to deliver upon reaching full fitness, following a positive performance as a substitute against the Red Devils.

"'The Yak' is fit but he certainly couldn’t complete a game at this moment," Moyes said, according to the Liverpool Daily Post.

"He is in need of more training and more game practice. But what Yak has is a goal in him.

"It’s up to him to try and get himself to the best condition he thinks he can be in and get back to the goal-scoring which in the main he has done in the Premier League."

There had been some speculation during the summer that the forward may have been headed towards West Ham United, but the manager remains confident that all is well with the Nigerian.

Moyes said: "We still need Yak to make a contribution to the team and team play. The Yak’s mindset is fine now. He’s never been a problem boy and has always been a good lad."

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