Anichebe looking to cement first-team place at Everton

With five goals in the second half of last season from just 12 appearances, the Nigerian forward is looking to continue his improvement to give David Moyes a selection headache
Everton striker Victor Anichebe believes that he has finally put his injury troubles behind him and is looking to stake a claim for a regular first team place at Goodison Park this season.

The 24-year-old has had something of an injury-plagued career so far, with niggling fitness problems restricting him to just 38 Premier League appearances in the last three seasons.

However, the 11-cap Nigerian international played a big part in Everton's strong end to the 2011/12 season and having featured heavily during pre-season, is eagerly anticipating the new campaign, and is looking forward to giving his all for the Toffees.

"Everton have always been good for me," he told the club's official website. "When I have come back from injury, they've brought me in gradually.

"Hopefully this year I can cement a place. I think I need to be starting games now. Maybe if it wasn't for my injuries, I already would be and I'd be fit all the time.

"But that's already happened - I put that into the past. I'm 24 now, so I think it's the time where I'm supposed to mature into whatever position and kind of player I am.

"Hopefully people will see more of that now and I can start starting more games and put all my injuries behind me - I pray to God that I do anyway. Everything from there will be fine, I'm sure."