West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has been speaking to the Birmingham Mail and expressed a desire to see Victor Anichebe fulfil his potential.
The Nigeria international has all of the attributes required to be a top Premier League striker, but has struggled for consistency throughout his career.
He is no longer a player of promise, with the burly frontman now 26 years of age.
Anichebe has spent his entire career to date at the highest level, turning out for Everton and West Brom in the English top-flight and Nigeria at international level.
There is, however, a feeling that he still has more to give, with Pulis hoping that he can be the man to bring an end to the niggling injuries and get a forward that plundered two goals in an FA Cup fourth round clash with Birmingham City on Saturday firing on all cylinders.
Pulis said in the Birmingham Mail: “He just needs to get fit. He has always had that word potential above his head.
“I don’t think he’s ever fulfilled it because he’s always been injured, or had a small run of games and dropped off because of injuries.
“It’s important we manage him well and try to get him fit. In the first half when he was playing at his peak we were a different team to then second half when he tired.”
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Anichebe has moved on to four goals for the season in all competitions, but only one of those has arrived in the Premier League.
Record signing Brown Ideye has also netted just once in the top-flight, while Georgios Samaras is yet to open his account.
That has left Saido Berahino to carry the attacking burden, but he needs support from those around him if the Baggies are to enjoy a productive campaign.