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Vic Ready To Fill Yak's Boots

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."

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Phil DaviesWe dont need nugent, put tim upfront with victor and castillo in the middle, time will be great at linking up play and castillo will give us the holding midfielder. OUr unfortunate situation with injuries allows us to try this combination.

Friday 5th December 08:15 Report Comment

NIGEL SMARTanyone noticed victor is december profile on everton calender, must be an omen. bring it on victor we are right behind you.

Thursday 4th December 21:34 Report Comment

john connollyReading the mails posted before me, everyone is behind Victor and we see him as a local lad. We have plenty of goalscorers in the team, we just need Victor to hold the ball up, so the rest of the team can do the business. C´mon Vic. C´mon You Blues.

Thursday 4th December 20:53 Report Comment

John CoadyIt may well be a forced scenario but i dont think any Evertonian would wish to deny Vic his chance. I believe its long overdue and i know that if he can avoid injury he will not disappoint the fans. No one can fault his effort and with his menace and endeavour he will force mistakes and will win more challenges than he will lose. Come on Big Vic. Your a guddn lad an we are all rooting for you. Come on the mighty Blues!!

Thursday 4th December 19:34 Report Comment

georgia smithgod victor plz dont get injerd i think im a lot like saha allways injerd lol

Thursday 4th December 19:33 Report Comment

Emyr JonesI hope he and Lukas can fill the gap, Baxter too. Anyone else cringe when they saw us linked with Nugent again. I certainly did.

Thursday 4th December 19:06 Report Comment

Ante OttossonI watch it on tv at home because i live in Sweden. But i keep my fingers crossed. Go for it Vic!!! It`s always a party at home when Everton wins.

Thursday 4th December 17:44 Report Comment

Frank ElvisCome on! Vic. fill the blank!! show us u got what it takes to see back of the net, make it VICTORy on sunday.

Thursday 4th December 17:38 Report Comment

Lee Thomasthis is a huge chance 4 u vic and i hope u take it as u r a solid striker willing to work hard 4 the team. if u just get a few more goals down ya u shud b a major part of the squad hope u destroy the villans on sunday m8 COYB

Thursday 4th December 17:24 Report Comment

ross houlihangive it what for champ

Thursday 4th December 17:21 Report Comment


Thursday 4th December 15:56 Report Comment

Maria ClarkeIl be there Park End on Sunday - hoping you score Victor!! Keep up the good work! =]

Thursday 4th December 14:49 Report Comment

John CarrollCome on Victor you can do it! COYB

Thursday 4th December 14:48 Report Comment

simon conleywe have faith in you vic your capable of bully and tormenting any premier league defencesive unit, force errors you may not score but you will definatly create chances for urself and others good luck

Thursday 4th December 14:45 Report Comment


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