In all my years visiting this site I've never known a player to be as universally berated as much as Victor Anichebe. Now, I haven't seen enough games this season to judge him as accurately as most on this site but surely the stick he gets is well out of proportion in relation to the influence he has had on this ultimately disappointing season?
Yesterday, for example he made a fine turn and forced an excellent and slightly lucky save from the goalkeeper. It was inches from being a great goal and who knows, a career changing moment for him.
The problem yesterday was team selection. I believe we should have started with Vic and Beckford in front of a four man midfield with Neville at right back. Maybe giving Gueye a start. It seems to me that neither Anichebe or Beckford can cut it as lone strikers, what was to lose by starting them together.
Anyone who reads this site will know my views on David Moyes but surely he has seen something in training or believes something we are unaware of, that saw Vic offered that contract.
Andy Crooks, Posted 15/05/2011 at 23:35:01
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1 Posted 16/05/2011 at 03:08:01
Vic is ordinary, we can all agree on that, but the abuse he gets is boring the hell out of me. The players didn't show up yesterday but if Moyes can bore supporters to death, imagine working with him every day. He has some key strengths but I fear the man doesn't know or worse want to change.
2 Posted 16/05/2011 at 06:00:13
Years Team Apps (Gls) 2006? Everton 91 (7)Anichebe.
Boss record that, Davey... start him every game.
I hope Moyes walks soon
3 Posted 16/05/2011 at 07:21:01
If you're looking for bluff and bluster, someone to maraud about the final third threatening bother but not really creating anything of any worth, then he's your man.
In the five seasons he's run out for the Blues, there are probably 3 games max when I've thought "Well done, Vic".
He's a Championship player and there's no shame in that but that's it I'm afraid.
4 Posted 16/05/2011 at 07:59:39
Don't get me wrong, I'd love for Vic to "come good" but I honestly don't see it happening, and Moyes is just flogging a dead horse by continuing to play him.
5 Posted 16/05/2011 at 08:18:47
6 Posted 16/05/2011 at 08:20:12
7 Posted 16/05/2011 at 08:40:09
The real Big Vic just did stand up....
And he was numbingly average.
8 Posted 16/05/2011 at 08:12:10
I like the Idea of a Sturridge (£10m) & Ba (£5m) strikeforce but once again it comes down to finance.
No way on earth we should let Baines go; he counts as two players by the fact he?s never injured & we?ve got no cover... he?s got to be currently the No 1 left back in the country.
Rodwell, however, if he?s got to go, I would prefer him going to City than United. They?ll pay far more just cause United want him too, plus if we could get Milner & a decent fee (£10-15m) then, together with the Yak/Yobo cash, we could fund the two strikers we desperately need.
9 Posted 16/05/2011 at 09:41:49
10 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:04:08
Unless, by 'effort', you mean in terms of being dumped on his arse by a nothing challenge and complaining to the ref?
11 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:05:26
Vic is unique in that not only is he shite, but he's got an attitude and struts round throwing his toys out the pram, so you don't even got a shift out of him.
Conspiracy theory time: I think Moyes is picking him as a message to the board ? no money forthcoming, you get Victors. What do you think? ? Nah, I don't don't think so either.
12 Posted 16/05/2011 at 09:41:33
Anybody who watches Everton knows he has been either wide on the right, or injured for the two seasons prior to this, but that doesn't stop these ridiculous stats that include his 2-3 minute cameos.
Despite being plagued by terrible injuries, Anichebe has scored arguably the two best individual goals scored by any Everton player in the past 3 seasons so to say he has no ability is just plain foolish. Whether he has enough of the package to stay in the Prem is another matter.
Several people at WBA were considerably worse than Vic, but once again none of them have been singled out anywhere near as much.
Andy doesn't ask about his ability, he simply asks the question: is the stick he takes out of proportion to his influence? In my opinion, that is no longer contestable.
When people write articles based on quotes that can't even be attributed to him, things have gone well to far, it's shaming.
13 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:27:22
For a good few minutes he actually looked useful against City, ploughing defenders so Beckford could benefit, but that swings back to Moyes's stubborn refusal to put two strikers on the pitch unless he is chasing a game.
Unlike Saha going for a year without scoring then hitting a green patch, I just can't see Anichebe doing the same as he's never been a prolific goal scorer in his entire career.
14 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:46:31
Bernie Wright 10 games (+1 as sub) 3 goals. He might have had a poor professional / off-field attitude, but he tried on the field.
Worth 3 Vics...
15 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:57:27
16 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:58:08
In 3 years time his stats will be:
Everton 2006 - present apps 173 goals 10
(I am assuming he will eventually score another goal...)
17 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:57:13
18 Posted 16/05/2011 at 10:31:49
Countless hours of instruction from these clones (oops, I almost said clowns) has produced a player who cannot trap or shield or head or dribble or shoot, or read the play or withstand the slightest challenge and one whose whole attitude is not one expected of a professional footballer.
Who can Victor turn to for advice on fixing those weaknesses? Certainly not Moyes or his clones, their combined experience in the striking department amounts to a big fat zero.
For all his faults, the lad is merely the end result of a coaching set-up devoid of attacking expertise.
19 Posted 16/05/2011 at 12:32:49
This already wasted, "lost" season will look even worse if we drop below Fulham and Stoke.
We may well need something from the Chelsea game.
20 Posted 16/05/2011 at 12:52:18
He's got a chance if he maintains that level and improves, and doesn't go back to the crap Anichebe. Not too sure if that will happen again.
21 Posted 16/05/2011 at 13:46:26
He needs to improve his first touch and technique. I largely think his injuries have stopped him developing in this regard. I stoppled playing football for a couple of years and came back and my first touch had gone as well until I played for a prolonged period of time in which it improved.
Perhaps this is happening with him? It shouldn't. He's a professional and he may just be shite. But he's all we've got really along with Beckford and Saha so hopefully he's gonna make it.
22 Posted 16/05/2011 at 13:52:15
Don't like to berate players but I can honestly say I have never been able to understand how Anichebe has got anywhere near our first team. His second touch is a tackle, he's got limited pace, doesn't use his strength effectively and, on the pitch at least, seems to have a totally piss poor attitude. Even Carl Leaburn would be ashamed of his record. When he first came onto the scene I just assumed he'd go the way of Chadwick, Jevons etc. Maybe a championship mid table team at best.
Even with injuries I'm amazed he's leading the line. I keep thinking maybe I'm missing something but then he plays and I realise I'm not. Need to try and blag someone to give us £2m before everyone else susses.
23 Posted 16/05/2011 at 14:05:40
He also needs to continue building up his strength so that he can 'bully' the opposition for the whole match. I think that this is coming from what I've seen and so do his team mates and trainers. If he goes, somebody else will benefit.
24 Posted 16/05/2011 at 13:58:23
I've always said I feel Victor's biggest weakness is his inability to read play, to make the runs to stretch the defence and create holes. He often looks disinterested because defenders get to balls Vic looks nailed on to get to first, but it's because the defender anticipates the pass 2 seconds before Victor does. (and not because of his lack of effort)
That's the biggest reason I feel he's not good at being a lone striker, give him the ball at his feet though with space to run and he will 'rhino' his way through the defence....unless he falls......
25 Posted 16/05/2011 at 14:13:18
Anichebe has had his chances over the years but it is clear that he has little to offer except strength which is no good without something else. Moyes sees him differently which is yet another failing in the Moyes's make-up.
26 Posted 16/05/2011 at 14:17:52
27 Posted 16/05/2011 at 15:16:45
28 Posted 16/05/2011 at 15:42:19
29 Posted 16/05/2011 at 16:47:47
30 Posted 16/05/2011 at 17:49:41
Arsenal: usually Van Persie and Nasri; Chelsea: usually Drogba and Anelka or Torres; Spurs: usually Defoe, Crouch/Pavlechenko.
31 Posted 16/05/2011 at 18:09:48
Too little, too late.
32 Posted 16/05/2011 at 19:26:47
33 Posted 16/05/2011 at 20:16:46
Every time I see him, I just wonder with increasing bemusement how he is playing for Everton Football Club
34 Posted 17/05/2011 at 08:33:42
35 Posted 17/05/2011 at 09:47:23
Spuds v The Shite, started with The Giraffe upfront with Van der Vaart in the Cahill Role (in fact much deeper).
36 Posted 17/05/2011 at 15:27:13
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