Vic Ready To Fill Yak's Boots
Victor Anichebe says he's ready to step into the shoes of Yakubu.
With the Yak ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles, Louis Saha struggling with a hamstring problem and James Vaughan suffering another setback, Anichebe is now Everton's only fit striker with Premier League experience.
If called upon, he's promised to put all of his efforts into making the best of his chance.
And he reckons a couple of stints in midfield earlier this season have aided his all-round game.
"The Yak will be a huge miss for us," Anichebe told evertonTV. "Everyone knew at half-time (at Spurs) that his injury was quite serious. I went in to see him and he was so upset - and I was upset for him as well.
"This might be an opportunity to get a few more games so hopefully I will take it. I am just going to try and give my best.
"If I was to come in, or if Lukas (Jutkiewicz) was to come in, I am just going to try and give 100 per cent for the team and try and do well for the people who were in before and take on their mantle."
Anichebe had almost always been used as a striker during his fledgling career, but during recent away games at Stoke, West Ham and Wigan he's more than held his own as a wide midfielder.
The 20-year-old Nigerian international cited the recent England debutant Gabriel Agbonlahor as a perfect example of a striker boosting his game from playing as a winger.
"We've got Villa next and you look at the likes of Agbonlahor," explained Anichebe. "He's played out on the right and on the left and now he's doing really well down the middle.
"Even Thierry Henry played out on the left and that helped develop his game. Obviously I'm not comparing myself to him but that helped his game and hopefully it will do the same for me."