In all my years of watching and playing football, particularly in the striker's role, I am utterly appalled by the total incompetence and heartless substitute contribution of Victor Anichebe today against Birmingham City. Absolutely rubbish. In fact it would be an insult to rubbish to associate this piece of waste to it.
With fading hopes of Champions League football and much needed points on the board, this pathetic excuse for a striker wasted a full personnel slot in our team. Worse than being a passenger, it was like he needed babysitting. He looked completely lost, couldn't hold up or fight for the ball. No coordination with the team and his own two feet. Like a 12-year-old boy playing footie in the school playground waiting for his mum to pick him up. The left-foot 'shot' which he skewed to almost a throw-in shows EVERYTHING WRONG with shooting. With no idea where the goal is, he lazily whacks the ball without any composure or conviction.
He's afraid to mix it up with the opponent center halves as though he's afraid to hurt himself or his opponents' feelings. Maybe we should leave the dirty work to the midfield with average height of 5'4"?
With a bone structure and physique in which God kissed him on the lips, as Micah Richards, he is a complete waste of proteins, calcium, water and crap. What would James Vaughan have done with those attributes?
If Moyes is still giving him the arm around the shoulder treatment, I have lost faith in Moyes's ability in managing the youth. He needs a fucking kick up the arse, he's no longer a juvenile, he's a fully grown adult making a living, and playing for Everton Football Club with its famous history of center forward number 9s.
With McFadden in the Birmingham side, you would think any of the Everton strikers would put in a performance to justify Moyes faith in them and not Faddy.
We will see Anichebe play again for Everton. But I will not accept such pathetic excuse of a striker ever again.
Jason Lam, Posted 12/04/2008 at 19:54:13
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But neither, sadly, has Anichebe. What has happenmed to the player who pushed that Brann defender off him as he ran in on goal and smashed a beauty past the keeper in Bergen? I can only conclude that ace defender David Moyes has started messing with his game...
1 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:17:50
One swallow and all that.
I have said all season on this forum, The guy is useless, guttless and no touch.
Total waste of space.
How the hell he was keeping vaughn out at one point beggars belief.
He never jumps for a ball, Neither does Yakubu but he is not that type of player.
The only thing you can blame Moyes for here is for picking him.
Basically because he has no one else.
2 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:21:11
Soon young Vic will be falling over without being challenged (and loosing possesion)thereby becomming a laughingstock just like Yak is becomming..
3 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:28:02
He is a young player who doesn’t pick the team. I have been convinced for ages that he is not destined to make it. I don’t actually feel that Vaughan will either for that matter.
But that doesn’t mean that he is the cause of all our ills.
I have been a blue since 1961...first game a 4-nil defeat to sheffield wednesday... I was hooked.
But lets face facts...bar a few years in the mid 1980s we have been shite since about 1972
Why the feck will things change now ?
You have to remember, always, that they will break your fucking heart.
But thats the point of loving them
4 Posted 12/04/2008 at 21:57:13
We should be more worried about the first team and the number of elder more experienced players who are playing below there levels.
Its easy picking on the kid who hardly ever plays.
5 Posted 12/04/2008 at 22:10:09
Would any of those players realistically get in any of the ’top 4’ teams, or even the next 4 excluding us? I very much doubt it.
I suppose the only difference is that at least these guys put in 100% effort every time they pull on the shirt, which in some small part makes up for their lack of ability at the top, top level.
As it stands we only really have 6 players who are ’good enough’ in my view - howard, yobo, lescott, arteta, cahill, yakubu.
The rest are either not good enough or need time (baines, fernandes?).
I’m not one to slag of the boys, because they are a decent bunch who for the most part work non-stop for 90 minutes and have done remarkably over the last couple of years. We just need to bring in 3 or 4 players to bridge that gap.
Finally - lets all get to Goodison on Thurday vs Chelsea and cheer on the boys. We don’t want another library atmosphere like against derby last week. COYB !!!!
6 Posted 12/04/2008 at 22:24:43
7 Posted 12/04/2008 at 22:40:29
I have never seen a younster get so tired and lead legged so quickly, he is 19 for fucks sake and should be sprinting all over the show yet he stands there with his hands on his hips looking clueless.
However to blame Moyes for his inability to score in the Premier League is taking a personal view just a tad too far.
8 Posted 12/04/2008 at 22:43:16
Give the kid a break. Sometimes he’s lazy yeah and crap, sometimes he’s ace.. its a fact of life with young players.
As for Vaughan, the lad is class. just needs to get fit finally.
9 Posted 12/04/2008 at 22:43:00
10 Posted 13/04/2008 at 00:02:12
11 Posted 13/04/2008 at 02:09:40
He got noticed because he was a beast as a kid and still is now. But he is nowhere near Prem class. I wouldn't even say League 2 class but the staff must see something in him...
12 Posted 13/04/2008 at 02:27:30
13 Posted 13/04/2008 at 02:59:43
14 Posted 13/04/2008 at 04:23:42
15 Posted 13/04/2008 at 04:25:54
What the fuck are yous on about!!! Give the lads a break. Slating Victor is one thing, and granted he hasn?t had the best few performances, but let him develop into the player he possibly can be, which, may not be a world beater, but most definitely a handful. As for Baz saying that James Vaughan isn?t good enough.... Fuck off beaut.
16 Posted 13/04/2008 at 07:24:29
What a load of absolute crap.
Anichebe is being brought in and out of a side that is not playing very well at the moment. We are making it as hard as possible for him. Yakubu plays every game yet even he was rubbish yesterday.
17 Posted 13/04/2008 at 08:52:12
18 Posted 13/04/2008 at 08:47:16
The fact is we have not got the depth and until we get our sugar daddy to buy players that is the way it will stay. We all say that money does not bring success, but it cerainly helps. It may not bring it straight away ? look at City this season ? but constant influx of money over the seasons allows teams tobring in star players. We need money if we want to realsitically get any higher than best of the rest!
19 Posted 13/04/2008 at 10:30:27
What did everyone expect? That we would tear Brum apart even though we have most of our midfield out injured. Wake Up.
Leave Victor alone, I'm sure he will mature into a special player.
20 Posted 13/04/2008 at 10:39:41
Anichebe was a disgrace yesterday, you can argue what you like about him being young and inexperienced but what does this have to do with running and putting a bit of effort in? He was the same last week, he never touched the ball for at least ten minutes when he first came on.
On another note I went yesterday, I have only been a couple of league aways this season as I saved to go to all the Euro aways and I cannot see me going to many of them next season due to the utter pricks who now follow our club.
I am a bitter blue, I hate them bastards big time, but what the fuck is singing about Gerards baby all day got to do with Everton v Birmingham? I think there was two everton songs sang all day, the rest were that song from the Happy Als hoodies ? total embarrassment and classless.
21 Posted 13/04/2008 at 10:55:38
22 Posted 13/04/2008 at 10:55:23
23 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:01:31
He needs a new attitude, all season the lads I go the match with and I have been commenting how unfit he looks for a 19-year-old.
He hardly runs and if he does he stands still for a minute with his hands on his hips looking lost.
Moyes has no other striker to put on but him and after about 5 minutes we start to ask if it was the Yak that has just come on and has Anchovy been on for the 60+ minutes.
As with anyone who wears the Royal Blue shirt I want them to succeed and do well but I just cannot get my head around the fact that he seems so unfit, he is 19 FFS!!
24 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:02:37
25 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:15:17
26 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:20:29
No one’s compaird him to Jeffers yet
27 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:22:35
28 Posted 13/04/2008 at 11:33:53
Do you really believe that Moyes had millions to spend in January?! Who are you kidding. Its easy to blame everything on Moyes, as seen regualry on Toffeeweb, but it isnt fair or accurate (not that it matters!) .It is obvious that we could not afford a world class player in january, and that the loans of Graveson and Fernandez was the best Moyes could do. Its frankly a cheap shot at Moyes. We are financially light years behind the top four and im sure Moyes is delaying his contract to ensure he gets some assurances from the board about money. Who the hell would take a job with expectations that without financial support you can never fulfill?! While we under the ownership of Kenwright we will never challenge for the league or the champions league, sad but true.
29 Posted 13/04/2008 at 12:16:06
We have 4- Yak- who doesn?t get the ball to his feet from the midfield or defence. Vaughan who is always and always will be injured, and AJ who at 8.5 million pounds has turned into the biggest flop this club has ever had. I suggest Jason that IF you are going to criticise any striker it should be Johnson, he is weak, no technivall skill, his shooting is inaccurate, his shots are powerless. He also cost a hell of a lot of money, christ Robbie Kean cost a lot less- what we would do for him!!!
30 Posted 13/04/2008 at 12:10:32
It?s HIS job to ensure that we have sufficient cover in ALL positions to cover every eventuality. I have written to the club many many times on this subject and have always been given the same answer: "THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO SIGN PLAYERS RESTS SOLEY WITH THE MANAGER..."
What he did do was sign ONE player who was INJURED FFS and hasn?t been anywhere near the first team since he arrived. Accorrding to the club, he did have money to spend in January but chose not to because he felt the squad was strong enough... Christ he even said as much three or four weeks ago before the Fiorentina game!!!
Please stop peddling this crap about lack of finances. I accept that we are not in the same league as Man Utd but we?ve broken our transfer record three years running... Kenwright can't take all of the blame.
Is Kenwright to blame for the hoofball tactics we employ? Is Kenwright to blame for picking Carsley & Neville in midfield?? Is Kenwright to blame for giving Hibbert a new 4-year deal? No ? that?s all down to the MANAGER !! ... and it?s his fault that we are now lacking in both numbers and quality and now this is being used as a weekly excuse to mask bad performances...
If he had planned for it, it wouldn?t be happening. It?s called long-term planning and foresight ? something we AS A CLUB do not possess.
31 Posted 13/04/2008 at 12:28:11
32 Posted 13/04/2008 at 12:29:56
Arsenal are better than us by a long way but they have hit a wall now and performances are suffering like us they cant rest key players in need of it.
Instead of reducing our squad size we need to add quality players so the likes of Carsley & Osman etc are needed for every game
33 Posted 13/04/2008 at 12:31:08
He should have been chasing everything but unfortunately for us, let's face facts, the kid is NOT good enough and never will be.
34 Posted 13/04/2008 at 13:12:51
35 Posted 13/04/2008 at 14:33:59
No one knew the likes of Vaughan and Cahill where going to pick up injuries. It just happens in Football. Anichebe when everyone is fit is 5th choice in the pecking order.
As I’ve said Victor is the least of our worries. Surely we should be concentrating on the first team regulars who play week in week out. Victor comes in every once and a while and people expect him to perform to a certain level that just isn’t possible.
He isn’t as fit as the people he is playing with or against because he doesn’t play regularly and he is relatively new to the Premiership game. He probably hasn’t started 20 Premier League games yet which shows he hasn’t been given a run of games.
I don’t think Victor does have an attitude problem. If anyone has met the lad or watched his interviews you’ll see that he’s very down to earth and knows he shouldn’t be a regular and knows he get a lot of room for improvement. He’s said himself he’s nowhere near the finished article and needs time.
Players in his mold are always called lazy and uninterested because of the way act. Fernandes and Yakubu are exactly the same there laid back players. There not going to run around like headless chickens because it doesn’t come naturally to them and this doesn’t mean there not trying or there uninterested. Its just there personality.
As I’ve said its easy to blame the kid without looking at the bigger picture. If anyone should be getting stick its the ones that play regularly like Johnson and Yakubu for example.
36 Posted 13/04/2008 at 13:29:06
In his 6 years here, his trophy cabinet is bare, and realistically, we havn't even been close to winning a trophy while he has been here. Okay, he has had one great finish (4th ) but we all know what happened next, and he has a couple of decent finishes. That's it. Even the football we have played under him for the 6 year's, has been most of the time, utter shite.
So, I am baffled, that when someone has a go at him, for whatever reason, they are slagged off big style. I nearly choked, when I first read a contribution, that had him down as a genius. Why is he a genius? I am yet to see why. So can anyone honestly explain (and please, none of this, he doesn't have the money, etc ) as to why he should be offered impunity?
37 Posted 13/04/2008 at 17:34:12
38 Posted 13/04/2008 at 18:57:06
I?m not saying that Vaughan doesn?t try and I?m not saying that he isn?t a good young talent, but he hasn?t made the type of impact that the likes of Ashley Young or Theo Walcott have, albeit they haven?t had the same problems with injury that Vaughany?s had.
I?d love to be wrong though ? and maybe if he gets this injury monkey of his back and gets a full pre-season behind him then hopefully he can get properly match fit and start to make progress with the 1st team. I?d be more than happy to swap a fit James Vaughan with corner-flag-loving Andy Johnson.
Would however James Vaughan be any where near the starting line up at Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham etc?
The problem is and I imagine will always be that at Everton we ?make do? ? but if we want to break the top 4, and break it consistantly, we need real quality.
39 Posted 13/04/2008 at 21:27:43
40 Posted 13/04/2008 at 22:41:50
41 Posted 14/04/2008 at 01:24:04
How can you say that Anichebe hasnt had the same impact that Theo Walcott has had? Walcott has done fuck all apart from that run against the shite. All lay off Vic though and lets get behind the team. If he bags the winner against Chelsea I cant see many people getting on his back then.
42 Posted 14/04/2008 at 08:21:03
As much as I am slagging him off, the young man needs to look in the mirror and get his act together. Vaughan’s injuries were because the the cause. Cahill wore protective boots so he could fight another day. If you’re not playing for your career, self-development as a footballer, your paltry salary or the manager, at least play for your injured fellow man. It’s called dignity. Please. Everton need you as a center-forward now more than ever. Four football games before the summer, lad.
43 Posted 14/04/2008 at 09:02:51
He is shit, lazy, up his own backside, touch worse than any player in the team and no bottle.
Basically a big lump, for that matter we could play our selves.
He has nothing to offer and that is a fact.
44 Posted 14/04/2008 at 21:58:29
Some people have short memories....... A semi-final in the Carling Cup and an amazing performance against Fiorentina which we should have won and 5th in the league. Moyes is a genius!