He sulks, he has a bad attitude, he never looks bothered. These are some of the accusations levelled at Victor Anichebe the striker every Evertonian seems to love to say, says David Martin.
Despite coming through our youth team Anichebe has not been been able to work his way into our affections and has had thus far an Everton career that can be described as turbulent at best.
Perhaps some of the problem stems from how he and James Vaughan burst onto the first team scene? Both emerging at around the same time Anichebe looked devestating in that one particular game in Europe. However, Evertonians love a grafter and it is Vaughan that fans seemed to take to thanks to his endless running and pace. Both players have suffered injury after injury but Vaughan has been largely been treated with sympathy while Anichebe has almost been totally written off. Of course some of the reason for this has to be laid at Big Vic’s door. He is, on the face of it, a hard character to weigh up and learn to love. He has been guilty of getting frustrated on the pitch and he has looked disinterested at times. It is easy to forget that this is a lad who suffered a near career ending injury thanks to Kevin the clogger Nolan. His difficulties in staying fit as a result has led to him breaking an odd record in being the most used substitute in Everton history.
Fans often sarcastically refer to Victor Anichebe as, “The Scouse Drogba” but although this derision is meant in jest there is a grain of truth in there. The lad is still comparatively young considering injuries have blighted his career so far and both last season and certainly this he has shown he does know how to score a goal. He is strong, he’s deceptively quick and his touch is improving. His Man of the Match performance against Swansea showed an Anichebe with a hunger not seen since Kharkiv and he looked fitter than I have even seen him. His recent celebrations are a sign he cares and he does have all the tools to make it as a good centre forward at Everton.
This is a player who still very much exists in potentia but he is finally starting to show what he is all about. It might just be that “The Scouse Drogba” starts being used less an insult and more as an accurate statement in the coming weeks. With Jelavic out this may be his best chance as he can’t remain potential forever. I guess what I am saying is that it’s time to get behind the lad. He’s something of an enigma but with confidence he could well be important to Everton.