Victor Anichebe is confident he has finally put his injury worries behind him and is hoping to cement a first team place this season.
Our big striker seemed to have hit a purple patch this year and has not looked back since making a goalscoring return from the treatment table at West Brom. Big Vic scored a further four goals in an extended run of league games that played a part in our strong run-in.
Victor has featured in all pre-season matches far and is looking forward to the big kick-off against Manure on 18 August.
Big Vic said: 'Everton have always been good for me.'
'When I have come back from injury, they've brought me in gradually. Hopefully this year I can cement a place. I think I need to be starting games now. Maybe if it wasn't for my injuries, I already would be and I'd be fit all the time.'
'But that's already happened, I put that into the past. I'm 24 now, so I think it's the time where I'm supposed to mature into whatever position and kind of player I am.'
'Hopefully people will see more of that now and I can start starting more games and put all my injuries behind me, I pray to God that I do anyway. Everything from there will be fine, I'm sure.'
Has Big Vic got what it takes to cement that 1st team place?
What do you think?