Victor Anichebe is confident that he is about to launch a new chapter in his Goodison Park career after becoming an Everton regular throughout the course of this season.
The Nigerian frontman has enjoyed his most consistent and prolific campaign to date after scoring eight goals in 30 matches for the Blues.
Double figures – a goals target he set last month – is still a realistic possibility for Anichebe with matches against West Ham and Chelsea still remaining.
But regardless of his final total, Anichebe believes he has ‘turned the corner’ and is about to fulfil the potential that his injury problems have so far prevented.
“Hopefully I can get a couple of goals to finish in double figures,” Anichebe told evertontv. “If not, I [still] feel like I have had a really good season.
“You could say that I’ve come out of my shell a little a bit and turned the corner, and hopefully I can finish on a high and get a couple more goals.
“I only came back around December and sometimes I forget that I was injured for three or four months, so I feel like I have done okay.
“Next season I want to come back stronger and start the season well. It’s important that I have a good pre-season and summer as well.
“It’s a time to relax, stay as fit as possible and then come into pre-season strong.”
Anichebe netted one of his eight goals at Upton Park before Christmas when the Blues fought back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to win the game 2-1.
Everton have the opportunity to complete a West Ham double this Sunday – the first time that home and away victories will have been registered against the same opponents this season.
Three points would also ensure that the Toffees finish the campaign with five straight home wins.
“Hopefully we can carry on the good form that we have shown at home and finish the job off as well as possible,” Anichebe explained.
"And we have played really good football at times this season. It’s down to everyone – we have become pretty hard to beat.”
Maximum points against the Hammers and at Stamford Bridge, coupled with defeats for Tottenham against Stoke and Sunderland is the only way in which Everton can still qualify for European football next season.
Even if the Blues do come up short, Anichebe believes Everton can be proud of where they finish in the table.
“We’ve achieved a lot,” he said. “We are looking to win the last two games. We are not looking to take our foot off the pedal. We are trying to win as many games as we can.
“The most we can do is keep winning and not worry about other people. As long as we try our best to win our games, we will see what is happening at the end of the season.”
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