Defenders Fear Anichebe
Leighton Baines says Nigerian striker is feared by defences.
Leighton Baines believes Victor Anichebe's presence in the Everton team strikes fear into opposition defenders.
Anichebe has been a key performer for the Blues this season, scoring seven goals and offering a series of muscular performances after shaking off a catalogue of injury problems.
Baines believes the 24-year-old forward is now beginning to successfully harness his physical prowess and technical qualities.
The England defender told evertontv: "We have known it for a while and believed in him for a while and he is starting to believe it himself.
"We are starting to see the rewards from that self-belief that he has gained.
"He has been an important player for us this season. He has come up with some important goals and beyond that he has given us something, with his strength, that we can play up to. Defenders are starting to fear him as well so he is a big asset to us."
Baines said all Everton's key players will need to be at their best if the Blues are to wrest three points from Norwich at the weekend.
Recent clashes have been close affairs but the left-back insists his side have to take maximum points wherever possible as the season reaches its final stages.
"They are a good side, Norwich," Baines continued. "They started the season well. We have found it tough against them and we had a tough game against them down there last season. They are strong at home.
"If we want to achieve something draws aren't going to cut it. We have to find ways to get games won. Sometimes it may not be pretty, but it is about getting games won."
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