With Chelsea and Manchester United occupying the top two positions in the league it looks like business as usual in the top tier of English football but when you look a bit further down the competitive nature of the Premier League is evident as Everton and WBA are in third and fourth.
These two teams have been a breath of fresh air so far this season with Everton in particular picking up the plaudits for there wonderful performances.
Against Manchester United Fellaini got a lot of credit for his powerful bossing of United’s midfield but the fact that so many Everton players have been in good form shows that an injury free Everton may just be able to challenge for Europe this season.
In the Chester Chronicle last week Leighton Baines was talking up Victor Anichebe after his eye catching performance against Newcastle on Monday night. His great run and shoot showed what the powerful striker is capable of. Baines was quoted as saying “there’s not a centre-half in the world who isn’t going to find him a handful” in regards to Anichebe’s abilities. The fact Everton can turn to Anichebe when there first choice striker, Jelavic, is injured shows that for the first time in a while Everton have depth.
For a while now Anichebe has had a few great cameo roles in games as a sub but has always vanished when given a start but against Swansea on Saturday he played his part in getting the blue half of Liverpool the bragging rights for Monday morning. The attacking display by Everton was simply wonderful and with 20 attempts on goal for an away team shows how impressive they were on Saturday.
So far each team that has played against Everton ‘hasn’t turned up’ which is not a coincidence. They’re constant pressing of the ball and combination of pace and power make them a force to be reckoned with. The return of Steven Pienaar to the midfield has given them some extra pace to add to Fellaini’s brutish power in the air.
Moyes has also added to his attacking options with Mirallas looking good after his £6million move from Olympiakos and with Leighton Baines resisting a move to Manchester United this summer as well as Jagielka performing superbly there is strength running through the team.
Victor Anichebe looks ready to become an important player at Everton. His clubs up turn in form could benefit him as the confidence through the team will be sky high and can only have positive affects. Working with someone as clinically brilliant at finishing as Jelavic will help too as the Croat’s wonderful statistic of scoring 41 of his last 47 goals from one touch shows his quality in front of the goal.
With a good group around him and a manager that many believe is in contention to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at United on the day when he does retire, the only reason for Anichebe not to become ‘great’, as his team mate Baines predicts, is up to him. For the sake of Everton, a team I admire along with many other neutral footballing fans, I hope he manages to continue his growth at Goodison Park.