Victor Anichebe’s goal and impact off the bench against Newcastle last night has firmly placed his name at the forefront of Evertonian minds. We look at the re-incarnation of Victor Anichebe as a fans favourite.
This time last year it would be hard to imagine the Goodison faithful demanding the inclusion of Victor Anichebe in the Everton starting XI. The striker had built himself a reputation as moody and lazy, unwilling to fight for his place and for a player of his size all to willing to go to ground. Add to that a poor injury record, many Blues would have been happy if David Moyes had cashed in on the Academy graduate.
This season however, Victor Anichebe is reborn. A swashbuckling centre forward, who finally seems to have realised he has all the attributes to be a top Premier League player. The goal against Newcastle was his 5th of the season, in only 7 starts. The 24-year-old has an excellent goals per minutes on the pitch ratio and has a natural eye for a goal, demonstrated by his excellent movement onto the blind side of Newcastle’s Santon, before sliding the ball between the legs of the Tim Krul.
David Moyes explained to the assembled press after the Newcastle match that Anichebe had been unlucky to find himself on the substitutes bench. Well Mr Moyes, the time has now come to give Victor Anichebe a prolonged run in the starting XI. Whether that comes alongside Jelavic, with Fellaini dropping back into the midfield, or on the right hand side (until Mirallas returns) in place of the disappointing Naismith, he certainly deserves a place in the side. Everton’s next three matches are all winnable fixtures and Moyes will be looking for progress in the FA Cup and to secure 6 Premier League points with a home match against Swansea followed by the Blues travelling to the South coast to take on Southampton. All three matches present Victor Anichebe with the opportunity to cement a place in the Everton side and finally fulfil the potential he demonstrated when he burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old.