Anichebe eager to impress new Everton boss Martinez

The 25-year-old is excited by the former Wigan boss' preference for attractive football, and is desperate to work his way into the team for the start of the season
Everton striker Victor Anichebe is looking forward to playing under Roberto Martinez, and admits he will be working extra hard in pre-season in an effort to impress his new manager.

The 25-year-old has only ever played under David Moyes since breaking into the first team at Goodison Park eight years ago, and while he admits it was hard to say goodbye to the Manchester United-bound boss, he is excited by Martinez’s reputation for playing attractive football.

“When I heard that he [Martinez] became my manager I was happy,” he told the club’s official website.

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“I was sad to see David Moyes go because I have been with him for so long and he is the one that brought me through, but we have brought in a great young manager who plays great football.

“It’s going to be a really exciting time for us and we are going to be playing completely differently. It’s going to bring a new breath of fresh air to everyone.

“Everyone has got a great chance and has to compete. There are no guaranteed starters because it is a completely different manager. It’s going to be an interesting season.

“I think everyone will be trying a bit extra but I think we should try and use pre-season for what it is. We have to come in, work hard, get fit and get ready for the season gradually."

The Nigeria international is so keen to make a positive first impression that he spent much of the summer working with a personal trainer in order to return to pre-season training in peak physical condition.

“It’s been a good summer,” he continued. “I went to my best friend, James Vaughan’s wedding; I was the best man there. Then I went to Nigeria to see family, so I completely chilled over that part.

“But then, with the way football is changing, I felt it important to get a good base before starting pre-season.

“In the past I would have done nothing and then used pre-season for what it is. But you need to keep yourself ticking over a little bit because you can’t go from doing nothing to doing hard sessions.

“I had a trainer when I was in America to try and keep as fit as possible and manage my body. Last year I played more games than ever so it was important this year to give myself a good base before I came back.

“Hopefully this year again I can stay injury free and carry on the good form I showed towards the end of last season.”

Anichebe enjoyed his most prolific season for the Toffees last campaign, making 32 appearances and scoring eight goals in all competitions.