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NIGEL MARTYN: Why Everton FC's Victor Anichebe should go to the World Cup before Kevin Davies
Published : 16 Mar 2010 03:00:00Rss feed
IT'S BEEN an awful long time since Kevin Davies ran from the halfway line to score a wonder-goal at Goodison Park - so long ago it was even before I arrived at Everton! And I don't think we're going to be seeing too many goals like that again from Kevin. But he will be back at Goodison Park again on Saturday with talk of an England call-up ringing in his ears. I'm not sure about that, but there will be a player in an Everton shirt on Saturday, not dissimilar in style to Kevin, who should be on the plane to South Africa this summer. Victor Anichebe hasn't played for Nigeria since his horror knee injury. But he's hit the ground running since he returned to first team action and his goal at Birmingham on Saturday was unstoppable. Victor has been the forgotten man on Everton's appalling injury list over the past 12 months. While fans have bemoaned the long-term absences of Arteta, Jagielka and Yakubu - and the spells on the sidelines for Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar, Anichebe's loss seems to have been largely overlooked. But he showed at St Andrew's just how much he has been missed. He just has to reproduce that level of performance consistently now. It was a shame for Victor that he sustained his injury at the same time that Yakubu was also sidelined, James Vaughan was injured and that Louis Saha was in and out of the side. If Victor had been fit he would have seen plenty of opportunities in the position he most enjoys. With Landon Donovan's departure, however, it looks like he is going to get more openings down the right hand side now. That doesn't mean he will play as an out and out wide-man like Donovan did. On Saturday Victor was drifting in from the flanks, as he did when he scored that stunning goal, and while he's a strong runner his physical presence means it makes sense to have him in and around the penalty area as often as possible. No doubt much will be made of Kevin Davies' physicality on Saturday, but I'd like to see Victor putting himself about against Bolton Wanderers. And when it comes to possible World Cup call-ups, Anichebe is the man I'd most like to see on a plane to South Africa this summer.