Everton striker Victor Anichebe came off the bench against Newcastle on Monday and scored two goals – though only one got counted.
The 24-year old was playing his first league game and to have scored has helped his confidence and chances for further starts for the Toffees.
The arrival of Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas must have looked to have dimmed the Nigerian’s chances of making the team, but Jelavic’s injury gave the Nigerian a chance and he seems to have grabbed it with both hands.
Anichebe has said that he will only get better by playing and learning from both Jelavic and Mirallas.
“I am always happy just to be on the pitch as I've had some injuries in my time," Anichebe told Sky Sports.
“It is nice for me to learn off Niki [Jelavic] as he plays as that lone striker and he's a great player.
“He plays between the centre-halves and that's what I'm trying to do more instead of dropping off.
“Kevin had some good cameo runs and he is one of those players who always wants to do something on the ball.
"He is a really good player and we now have great options.
Watching the duo has surely helped the Nigerian develop better his goal scoring instincts.
“It is always nice to play and watch these kinds of players as I am still learning.
“I've been working on that kind of turn and shot (for his goal) so I was happy with that but I'd have been happier with a win."
He also said his header that clearly crossed the line but was not counted is something that happens but he hopes that Everton will be luckier with getting decisions as the season progresses.
“Sometimes these things go against you but hopefully as the season goes on we'll get some luck," Anichebe concluded.