Victor Anichebe is living proof that Everton shouldn’t be worried about losing key players this summer.
Victor Anichebe pulled out possibly his best performance of the season for Everton as they defeated Manchester City superbly with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park over the weekend.
It was a performance which suggested that Anichebe has finally matured into the sort of player that the club would have seen leading the front line for many years to come.
He was dominant against Manchester City in so many ways and played his holding up striker role superbly, as City tried and failed to cut off the supply of the ball to him over the 90 minutes.
He was eventually subbed off but only because he had worked his socks off for 90 minutes and was visibly looking quite literally exhausted.
The 24-year-old is a product of the Everton youth system which proves the club are producing talented players, at the level needed to compete in the Premier League on a consistent basis.
His performance embodied the basic values of football which are instilled across Everton players from a very early age; solid work ethic and playing until then death, regardless of the match situation.
These are values which become amplified with younger players because they have grown up and developed at the club. Anichebe knows the identity of Everton and appreciates what it means to the fans to comfortably beat a side like Manchester City, with only ten men.
He has been excellent all season long and the weekend's performance was just the latest in a string of impressive displays, in a season where he needed them most, having been linked with a move away to Wigan last summer.
This is extremely significant because the club has been tipped to lose key players this summer such as Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini and David Moyes is yet to pledge his future to the club as manager.
Everton don’t have a lot of cash, which means if these individuals do leave, the club will not be able to find a quick fix method in terms of buying replacements over the course of the summer transfer window.
If the club loses Fellaini then Anichebe is good enough to play that lead attacking role as a strong and powerful figure, holding the ball up, threatening in the air and getting involved in the build up play.
Moyes has always shown a great knack for knowing when to blood youth team players into the first team and when to subject them to a lot of pressure. More of the same please if he stays on as the boss.
Everton fans, what did you make of his performance?
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