Perrin attacks Yak
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin has hit out at striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni, claiming the Nigerian is not currently playing to the best of his ability.
Perrin believes that Yakubu has become increasingly distracted by talk of a summer transfer and has not been giving his all in recent weeks for Pompey.
Reports suggest that a move to Middlesbrough is all but certain in the coming weeks, but Perrin wants the hit-man to sign off in style with a good performance in Sunday's game at West Brom.
"I know he is a very good player but we have not seen the best of him for a while," the French coach stated.
"It would be good if he started scoring again and playing to his full capacity. At the moment, he is not."
Perrin has also rejected claims his side will provide flimsy opposition at West Brom.
With Premiership survival already secured, there have been suggestions that West Brom will easily overcome their visitors from the South Coast who have very little left to play for.
Perrin is determined, though, that his players will not just go through the motions at The Hawthorns.
"West Brom are playing for their lives and it is a big game for them," he continued.
"Maybe we can spring a surprise because everyone is expecting us to lose. The players are professional and I expect them to perform."
Meanwhile, Pompey have confirmed that Patrik Berger and Hayden Foxe will both be leaving Fratton Park in the summer.
Berger is expected to complete a switch to Aston Villa while Foxe will begin the search for a new club over the coming weeks.
Also on their way out are youngsters Shaun Cooper and Chris Clark who will not be offered new deals.
"The first thing I would like to do is thank all the players we have released for the tremendous service they've given the club and the contribution made to our rise as a club," chief executive Peter Storrie told the club's official website.