Victor Anichebe left Everton for West Brom in the summer transfer window for a fee that could rise to £6 million.
The 25 year old attacking player joined Everton at the age of 10 and his rise to the senior team was due to the tutelage of David Moyes the former manager of Everton. David Moyes spent 11 years in charge at Goodison Park and was a big part of Anichebe’s progression.
“David Moyes has been such a help for me. He has been like a father figure,” said Anichebe, who made over 100 appearances for the Toffees following his debut in 2006.”
“He brought me through when I was just a boy and he has stuck with me through thick and thin. It was a wrench and there were moments even when I was driving down when I thought, ‘is this the right decision?'”
Anichebe made his last appearance for Everton in a 2-2 draw away at Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League season.
“It was difficult but I thought it was the right time to leave,” he added.
“Everton is changing and the club is going in a different direction. They have got a new manager in there now, with new philosophies.”
“I was sad to see David Moyes go but that happens and you have to move on. I felt after a good latter stage of the season, maybe I should go somewhere else for a fresh start.”
James Moss – @JMoss_13