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Victor Anichebe | Forward | #28

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 176

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If it wasn't for bad luck, then David Moyes would have none following the news that another player has been added to an ever-growing injury list and an overcrowded treatment room.
Victor Anichebe will not feature again until April after tests confirm the Black Cats attacker suffered significant damage to his medial knee ligament at West Brom. The 28-year-old was injured in a block tackle just minutes after his introduction on Saturday, although Anichebe was able to see out the remainder of the game. The big attacker has endured an injury plagued career, and this latest setback is his sixth since arriving on Wearside as a free agent in the summer. Sunderland could have up-to 13 players missing for their next Premier League match, against Tottenham, and with limited funds, and only seven days of the transfer window remaining, the top flights bottom side will struggle to escape the relegation dog fight. Jan 24 - 3:35 PM

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Sunderland looks to be in a constant state of recovery with manager David Moyes confirming another set of injuries.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager confirmed that midfielder Steven Pienaar, defender Javier Manquillo and forward Victor Anichebe each missed out on the club's 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday. With Anichebe being the major loss, Moyes turned to Fabio Borini, who received his first playing time in three months after a groin injury. Said Moyes: "Victor and Steven were not available. Javier Manquillo got injured in training on Sunday, he could have been involved. They were the three players missing out with injury ahead of the game. I will assess them all and see how they are."
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Sunderland ran out deserved winners against Hull City 3-0 at the stadium of light however the scoreline may be a bit harsh on Phelan's men.

Jermaine Defoe opened the scoring with a great finish after Watmore flicked on to open up the Hull defence in the first real relegation 6 pointer of the season and 1-0 it remained going into the interval. Irony struck first in the second half as darkness reigned supreme for a while as the match was delayed due to floodlights failing. However, when the lights came back on, the Black Cats struck again, this time through Anichebe, who scored for the second game in a row for the first time in his career. Snodgrass went especially close with a bicycle kick as the Tigers pushed to get back into the game but Pickford was equal to everything sent his way, earning his first ever PL clean sheet and Sunderland's first this season. Anichebe rounded off his brace late on with a powerful finish. The only blight on the game from Sunderland's point of view was Djilobodji's very late and needless red card.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Forward Victor Anichebe inspired Sunderland to their first win of the season, by scoring and earning a penalty, as David Moyes' side defeated Bournemouth 2-1.

It was a hard fought but deserved victory for Sunderland on Saturday. The Black Cats fell behind after just 11 minutes when Dan Gosling struck for Bournemouth. Then against the run of play Sunderland grabbed a lifeline through forward Victor Anichebe; who collected a pass from Jermaine Defoe in the box, turned and smashed a shot into the roof of the net to level the match at 1-1. The match took another turn when Sunderland's Steven Pienaar was sent of,f after receiving a second yellow card, in the 59th minute after a reckless challenge that caught Junior Stanislas and forced the call from referee Mike Dean. Despite being reduced to 10 men, Sunderland took the lead when Adam Smith tripped Anichebe in the 74th minute and Defoe converted the following spot kick. However, praise must also be given to Sunderland's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who produced a great late denial on Josh King.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Amid the club's current injury crisis, forward Victor Anichebe confirmed he is close to full fitness after struggling with multiple injuries.

The former West Bromwich Albion striker arrived on a free transfer last month, but has dealt with thigh and groin injuries. Anichebe came off the bench against Crystal Palace in Week 6, but admitted it wasn't the smartest decision given his ongoing recovery: "My thigh and my groin are fine. The first game I came back I wasn’t as ready as I should have been but I was happy to try and help the team if I could...It is just about getting games and power into me and hopefully with a combination of first team training games and reserve games, which I am happy to play to get back quicker, I will be fit and ready to help."
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 08:40:00 AM

Two full days after the deadline, Sunderland announced its ninth signing of the summer in free-agent Victor Anichebe.

The 28-year-old was released this summer by West Bromwich Albion after spending three seasons at the club, where he made 55 appearances in all competitions. Anichebe joins on a contract through the end of the season and will provided cover up top following a series of injuries for David Moyes' side. Said Anichebe: "I have a lot of good friends here 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. I had a few options in England and Europe but the manager was a huge pull for me. He knows me inside out and I feel like he can get the best out of me."
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:47:00 AM

Victor Anichebe impressed on his first Premier League start of the campaign but the West Brom striker is a major doubt for opening game of 2016 due to a hamstring problem.

Anichebe replaced Rickie Lambert in one of two changes from the side beaten by Swansea on Boxing Day and the 27-year-old served a gentle reminder that he still has a lot to offer. Having fallen down the pecking order in recent times, Anichebe is back in the manager’s thoughts following the absence of Salomon Rondon (suspension) and Saido Berahino’s continued disciplinary issues. But after limping off during the win over Newcastle, the striker will be lucky to recover in time for the visit of Stoke this weekend. "I hope it’s OK," Anichebe said post-match. "I don’t know if it was cramp or if I pulled it I don’t really know. It didn’t feel as bad as before. We have a good medical team here and hopefully they can get me back as quick as possible."
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:23:00 AM

Victor Anichebe scored from a corner to put West Brom ahead 1-0 at St. James' Park but the Baggies couldn't make it hold up as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Victor Anichebe started the match as a lone attacker with West Brom content to play a conservative line-up featuring four center backs and two holding midfielders. The tactic paid off in the first half as they absorbed Newcastle's pressure and stole a goal from Victor Anichebe against the run of play. The second half wasn't as kind with Ayoze Perez scoring a pretty goal through traffic to even the affair. There were chances both way to win the match but none found their way through and the match ended 1-1.
Source: espnfc.com
Sat, May 9, 2015 12:53:00 PM

Victor Anichebe returned as a halftime substitute and scored in the 58th minute but it wasn't nearly enough as Tony Pulis' men dropped a 4-1 decision to QPR.

For the second straight match West Brom finished the contest down a man. In Week 30 it was Gareth McAuley/Craig Dawson to blame and the red card was critical to the outcome of the match as it let Manchester City batter the Baggies for the entire match. This time around, it was second half substitute Mulumbu who was sent off and it happened in the 84th minute. At that point it was already 3-1 to QPR and only a cosmetic Joey Barton goal followed. Pulis will be happy to have Anichebe back but there wasn't much else to like about this performance.
Source: espnfc
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 01:06:00 PM

Victor Anichebe, still struggling with a groin issue, might be fit enough for the bench but is highly unlikely to start for Tony Pulis against Southampton.

Anichebe continues to be one of the more fragile players in the Premier League despite a robust physical frame. Anichebe will, in all likelihood, miss out again in Week 27 and seems unlikely to be ready to make anything more than a cameo appearance in Week 28. Fantasy managers should avoid making anything approaching a long term investment in him and, at this point, even a week-long purchase seems risky given the frequency of his injuries.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:25:00 PM

Victor Anichebe continues to be plagued by injuries as the West Brom front man will miss Week 26 with a groin injury.

Anichebe's health has consistently been inconsistent. Plagued for his entire career by significant but not catastrophic injuries, he has yet to string together enough healthy days to give anyone hope that he can be relied on. With Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino both in relatively good form, Anichebe might not have started if he were healthy but his absence could certainly cause Tony Pulis some headaches if one of his starters were to go down injured.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Victor Anichebe went off early against Burnley in Week 24 and it appears that Week 25 will come too quickly for him to recover.

Tony Pulis likes his battering ram forwards but he will have to do without his preferred option in that role against Swansea as Victor Anichebe will likely be out with a groin injury. Anichebe's absence likely means that one or both of Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye will start in the attack for the Baggies. Ideye, in particular, will be confident after scoring the equalizer to earn the Baggies a point against the Clarets on Saturday.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 09:02:00 AM

Victor Anichebe scored the first two goals of the match and the Baggies held on to win 2-1 over local rivals Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup

Tony Pulis continues to prove that he is a magic man as West Brom continued their unbeaten run of four matches since Pulis assumed control of the Midlands club. Anichebe was exceptional with two goals and the Baggies held on as Birmingham City tried to conjure some FA Cup mystique but it was not to be as West Brom advanced in what is now a weak field with Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Spurs all going out in Round Four with Arsenal still to play and Manchester United forced into a replay against Cambridge United.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Victor Anichebe returned to the starting line-up for West Brom's FA Cup match with Gateshead and scored a goal among the Baggies' seven in the process.

Tony Pulis tends to like big, bruising forwards and will be happy to see Victor Anichebe return to the starting line-up after yet another spell out injured. Saido Berahino was the star of the show with four goals but with Berahino potentially leaving in January it may be down to Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon to lead the line for Baggies in the second half of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Victor Anichebe was supposed to be close to returning from a groin injury for Week 17 but here we are at Week 18 and he has yet to return to training meaning he will miss Week 18 for sure and likely Week 19 two days later.

Anichebe has been an effective foil for West Brom's less physical attackers - Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino - when he has been available this season. The problem is that he hasn't been available nearly as often as Alan Irvine would like. With Ideye Brown struggling and seeming for all the world like the transfer bust that many predicted he would be this summer, Anichebe is Albion's only real option as a target forward. Hopefully he will be ready by New Year's Day but it is certainly no guarantee.
Source: espnfc.com
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:41:00 AM