VICTOR ANICHEBE is maturing into a key performer for Everton, insists Leighton Baines.
The Nigerian international forward won the penalty which Baines converted to seal the Blues’ victory over West Brom on Wednesday, and has provided some hard-working performances in recent weeks.
And Anichebe’s newfound focus has not gone unnoticed by his team-mates, says Baines.
“Victor has been brilliant this season,” he said. “He has really come on and made a difference. You’ve seen this year a shift in his mentality, his head is on grafting and really working hard for the team.
“He has come up with some really important moments for the team, whether it’s scoring goals or winning the penalty against West Brom. He’s developing into a really important player for us.
“By starting games rather than coming off the bench it helps his development, and we have seen that.
“He has taken a massive step forward and he has almost started to become aware of how good he is.
“We know as team-mates because we see him every day. The most important thing is that he believes it as well. I think now he does and we are seeing that in his performances.