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Wednesday 09 May 2012

Anichebe hopes for bigger involvement

Everton striker aims to start matches in future rather than be used as a super sub

Victor Anichebe fires in a goal for Everton against Sunderland on Monday 9th April

Everton striker Victor Anichebe says he is looking forward to returning to full fitness and starting more matches in the Barclays Premier League.

The 24-year-old has only completed 90 minutes in the League once this season, when Everton beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park back in August.

He has endured a difficult time with injuries, including a serious groin problem, and manager David Moyes has shielded Anichebe in a bid to prevent him from picking up further niggles.

"I want to play more and stay injury free... I expect more of myself next year"
- Victor Anichebe

Anichebe has scored five goals in the Barclays Premier League in 2012, all of them after coming on as a substitute, and he is hoping to play more of a role next season.

"I've been pleased to score a few goals," the Nigerian told Everton's official website. "Considering the amount of appearances I've made I think it's a good return.

"Further on I'll want to play more games - play from the start and stay injury free. But for now I can't really ask too much more.

"I think I've done OK this year since I came back. I expect more of myself next year. Hopefully I can apply myself and do better."

Anichebe has often been used as a threat from wide areas after coming off the bench this term, especially with the form of Nikica Jelavic in a more central attacking position.

But Anichebe, who has won 11 caps for his country, says he sees himself as an out-and-out striker as his career progresses.

"I see myself as a forward," he added. "I don't know if it's going to be a number nine, in behind or just drifting - I don't really mind to be honest.

"I've played on the right, I've played on the left, behind the striker and up front.

"As long as you're helping the team you can't really complain, but I do see myself going back up front at some point so we'll see how that works out."

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Key Points

  • Victor Anichebe wants more playing time at Everton
  • Striker has mostly been used as a substitute after frustrating time with injury
  • Anichebe has scored five goals as a sub in 2012