Baines - Anichebe an asset
Everton defender has confidence in striker
Last Updated: September 20, 2012 9:06pm
Victor Anichebe: Nigerian striker has been impressive for Everton so far this season
Everton defender Leighton Baines has hailed forward Victor Anichebe as "an asset" to his team.
The 24-year-old Nigeria international has scored two goals in three appearances for the Toffees so far this season.
And left-back Baines is confident that Anichebe will be an able replacement for striker Nikica Jelavic, who is struggling with an injury at the moment.
"Victor's starting to grow into the role he needs to be in at the club," he said in The Chester Chronicle. "We want to get behind him.
"We don't know what the situation is with Jela, but Victor is definitely more than capable of coming in.
"And there's not a centre-half in the world who isn't going to find him a handful when he's playing like that.
"You can see that he's definitely stepped up. His confidence has improved.
"He's ready to take on the role if needed. He's ready to come in and fill anybody's boots.
"Victor's more a beast than a man at times. He can be a great asset to us and if he gets the chances he can show what he's done in the glimpses we've seen him this season."