Aiyegbeni continued his fine form this season by scoring the second goal in Blackburn Rovers’ 2-0 win over Sunderland at Ewood Park on Tuesday. That win moved Rovers six points clear of the relegation zone.
The Nigerian who moved to England in 2002 to join Portsmouth –then in the Championship has only failed to score double digit figures in only three seasons – the 2008/09 season, when he was injured for most of the campaign and the 2009/10 season for which he sustained an Achilles injury and in the 2010/11 season, when he went on loan to Championship side, Leicester, for whom he scored 11 goals in 20 appearances.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean took a chance on him at the beginning of this season to take him away from Everton, where he was not enjoying regular playing time and he has now repaid that faith by scoring the goals that might eventually save Rovers from relegation.
Aiyegbeni will be seeking to become the second African striker to score a century of goals after Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and with nine matches to the end of the season, the Nigerian marksman might still be able to get to the magical 100-goal mark.