Player: Victor Anichebe #28
Games Played: 32, Games Started: 24, Goals: 8 Assists: 8, Shots: 102, Shots on Goal: 26, Fouls Committed: 36, Fouls Suffered: 29, Yellow Cards: 2, Red Cards: 0.
Victor Anichebe has all the attributes to be a top class Premier League striker, but that only makes his inconsistency all the more frustrating. He is immensely powerful with a decent touch and a fearsome shot. But all too often those abilities are marred by a questionable attitude. We saw glimpses of what he could become during 2012/13, but we are still unsure whether we will see it on a regular basis going forward.
What he did well
This was his best goalscoring season in an Everton shirt, with strikes against Newcastle and Aston Villa, where he used his body to turns defenders before firing home, a particular highlight. His strength makes him very difficult to contain and he has a handy knack of popping up at the right place at the right time, especially off the bench.
What he could do better
He doesn’t always put his strength to optimum use, particularly when he gets rough treatment from burly defenders. All too often you see Anichebe banging the turf in frustration and whining at the referee instead of getting on with the game.
Using the school grading system of A, B, C, D, F, with A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, how do you grade Victor Anichebe on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him?