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What Will This Nigerian International Add To Sunderland’s Squad This Season?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

The transfer window in the Premier League this season has seen given us more surprises than an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Clubs from around the league have managed to get their hands on star players spending more than a billion pounds on around 350 transfers. Clubs who have managed to get their hands on top transfer targets will go into the next season with full of confidence but one club which may not really be happy at the end of the transfer window is David Moyes’ Sunderland (losing out on most of his top transfer targets). The manager has bought in a number of players this summer and every move has its own story but one Victor Anichebe may just be the icing on the cake for David Moyes.

The 28-year old Nigerian international was a sensation in his days at Everton but has not really been at his best since he moved to the Hawthorns back in 2013. Tony Pulis was reluctant to use the attacker on a regular basis and let him leave on a free this May. David Moyes who lost the likes of Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham in the transfer window was in desperate need of attacking options and settled for the 28-year old who he knows well, after a frustrating end to the window. Moyes was instrumental in Anichebe’s rise as a star player at the Goodison Park and knows what he brings to the table and he will hope that he can be a good influence on the unsettled squad at the club going into the next season.

The 28-year old can be described as a fast and powerful traditional center forward who provides his team with an outlet in the air and also on the ground in the opposition half. He is adept at playing as a winger and using his pace but he is at his best playing as a target man to allow his teammates some space in the final third.

He is a decent finisher who can out power the opposition defenders while his speed and acceleration also make him a dangerous option in attack. His time in the Premier League will also allow him to adapt to the needs of the manager at the club making him an asset going into a competitive league season.

David Moyes has the likes of Duncan Watmore and Joel Asoro who he can call upon in attack with the likes of Lynden Gooch, Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe (the first choice) also providing attacking threat to the side. Defoe will keep plugging away while Borini (who is currently out for three months) adds versatility to the attack.

However, Anichebe will add that bit of mettle and experience in the final third for Sunderland that can be the difference between a point and three in crunch games. He is not a marquee signing that can lift the club to European football but is a player who will work hard to reach the goals of the club and the manager.

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