Sunderland’s latest star signing to help get the goals for Premier League survival is Victor Anichebe.
I have to say, I haven’t laughed as much since…Wednesday, when Rafa Benitez banked £30m from Tottenham for that waster.
Victor Anichebe was thrown out of West Brom in May after only three league starts last season and hadn’t managed to find a club all summer.
Amusingly, despite not being able to find a club before the transfer window closed, Anichebe claims that he had options in England and overseas and insists it was former manager Moyes that was the deciding factor – as though he had a pick of numerous clubs.
“I had a few options in England and Europe but the manager (David Moyes) was a huge pull for me. He knows me inside out and I feel like he can get the best out of me.
“I have a lot of good friends here (at Sunderland) and everyone knows that I know the manager really well. He brought me through as a young player and was a big factor in me coming here.”
To have landed a contract with a Premier League club after such a dismal time at West Brom and beyond, the Nigerian striker must have thought all his birthdays had come at once.
Anichebe’s last league goal was 16 months ago (a 1-1 draw at St James Park!) and he has scored only six in the past three and a half years. He has an overall record of only 24 league goals in his entire 11 year career.
The Sunderland fans who thought it was hilarious that Newcastle were buying Daryl Murphy as a back-up striker (in the Championship!) must be choking on their cheesy chips after hearing about Victor Anichebe.
Despite at times playing out wide, as well as through the middle, Daryl Murphy has scored 50 league goals in the past three seasons for a struggling Ipswich side and spent his summer playing against France and Italy at Euro 2016 (Anichebe was briefly involved as an international with Nigeria five years ago).
I remember how in recent years Newcastle were regularly linked/threatened with interest in Anichebe and under Mike Ashley you knew anything was possible as he insisted on ‘bargains’ wherever possible.
To be relegated and yet be bringing in better quality strikers than Premier League (for the minute) Sunderland has put a spring in my step in this tedious international break.
I can’t wait for Derby County next Saturday and I wonder how many Sunderland fans can say the same as appropriately, the mackems and Victor Anichebe can look forward to Everton at home a week on Monday in their next game.