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The 27-year-old has been impressed with the Nigerian striker's start to the season and believes he will be an able replacement for injured forward Nikica Jelavic

Everton defender Leighton Baines has heaped praise on team-mate Victor Anichebe following his impressive start to the season.

The powerful Nigerian has netted twice in just three appearances for the Toffees this term, and Baines believes the 24-year-old is starting to show his best form for the club.

The England full-back is equally confident that the hitman will prove an able replacement for star striker Nikica Jelavic, who is currently nursing a knee injury suffered in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday.

"Victor's starting to grow into the role he needs to be in at the club," Baines told Sky Sports.
 
"We want to get behind him...We don't know what the situation is with Jela, but Victor is definitely more than capable of coming in.

"There's not a centre-half in the world who isn't going to find him a handful when he's playing like that [against Newcastle].

"He's ready to take on the role if needed. He's ready to come in and fill anybody's boots.

"Victor's more a beast than a man at times. He can be a great asset to us and if he gets the chances he can show what he's done in the glimpses we've seen him this season."

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