Anichebe eager to partner Jelavic in attack for Everton

The Nigerian believes David Moyes has the options to start with more than one striker, while he is happy with his current form and anticipates a tough Loftus Road clash

Everton front man Victor Anichebe believes his side have the required strength in depth to vary their attacking line-up.

The 24-year-old Nigeria international has stepped up during the absence of Nikica Jelavic, notching three goals in as many games this season.

But, while Anichebe is used to playing instead of the Croatian striker in a lone-striker role, he has expressed his eagerness to learn from his team-mate and also believes the two could form a lethal partnership when paired together.

"I think I can play with him. Me and Niki have spoken about it before - we could definitely do that well,” Anichebe told Everton’s official website.
"But Felli [Marouane Fellaini] has been playing there and has been unbelievable. We also have Naisy [Steven Naismith] and Tolis [Apostolos Vellios] so we have people who can play with Jela and there is a lot of competition there."

However, despite lauding the abilities of those fighting for his place in David Moyes’ starting line-up, Anichebe is adamant he is the best man to produce the goods.
He said: "I feel good. I feel like I have come in when needed and done well. Even against Wigan I didn't play so much but I was involved in the goal and I felt good when I came on.
"It was a really hard game and to get a point there was a great credit to the team. We are doing well as a group and hopefully we can keep clear of injuries and we will be fine.
"You can see the fans are happy and we are happy as a group as well. We need to carry it on though, we don't need to get ahead of ourselves and think 'we are doing well'."

Everton’s abundance of firepower has left them sitting in fourth place after seven games – with 14 goals to their name in that opening period – but Anichebe knows the Blues will have to be at their best to continue their solid form against QPR this weekend.

He added: "It is always going to be a tough game.”
"They have quite a small pitch and the fans are close to the field. They are struggling and they need results which can make it harder. They bought a lot of players so there is expectation on them and they haven't really done so well at the start of the season.
"I am sure their luck will change but hopefully not against us. We need to be wary of that game, no matter what sort of start they have had.
"They will be coming out looking to get a result against us. As long as we prepare well we should be okay."