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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."