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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 10, 2007

Moyes: Anichebe must grasp 'great opportunity'

David Moyes has told teenager Victor Anichebe he must grasp his 'great opportunity' to become a top level professional.

Anichebe has become the star of Everton's UEFA Cup run and could well be plunged into tomorrow's daunting Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea.

The 19 year-old, brought up in Liverpool but born in Nigeria, has chosen to play for his homeland at international level - despite pleadings from England.

The way the youngster has started to perform this season, the FA must be wishing they had not let him get away.

Moyes said: 'Victor is a terrific lad, and a great player. I told him after the game against Nurnberg that he now has a great opportunity in his young career.

'He needs to kick on and improve even more. He has shown what he can do, and if he continues to work hard at the game and shows the same desire then he will become a top player.

'So far he has done well for us coming off the bench and making an impact, but he now needs to be able to do that for longer.'

Anichebe 'won' the penalty - put away by Mikel Arteta for Everton's first goal - before battling his way through for a solo second in a 2-0 win at Nurnberg on Thursday.

He said: 'I'm just enjoying everything at the moment.

'I had a feeling that I was going to score if I got on, but that goes down as one of my favourites. I was really pleased with it. Full credit to Steven Pienaar, though, for putting me through with such a great pass.

'I don't look at European football any differently. All I try to do is come on and do my best - and score if I can.'

Moyes has injury worries over Leighton Baines (groin), Arteta (groin), James Vaughan (thigh) and Alan Stubbs (hamstring) for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

He says: 'We have been pretty steady with team selection of late, but we may have to look hard at what we do at Chelsea now.

'Last season we played very well at Stamford Bridge and were unlucky not to win there on the last day of the season, but I was still delighted with the draw. We would have finished fifth rather than sixth had we hung on for the win.

'We have done very well recently and we intend to try to do the same at Chelsea.

'We are confident, but then so must Chelsea be. They are virtually home and dry in their Champions League group; they have a fantastic home record and a new manager who seems to have got them playing as well as ever.

'They must think they can win the Premier League again, and that makes them a very difficult animal to handle.'

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