Victor Anichebe ended his eight-season stay at boyhood club Everton this summer when he signed for West Brom on deadline day for £6m.
Stuck behind Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone and the incoming Romelu Lukaku in a Merseyside striking traffic jam; Anichebe clearly thought a move away from Goodison would be his best chance of finding regular football.
However, he’s perhaps picked the wrong club to join as Steve Clarke, panicking after overseeing three straight Premier League games without a goal, decided to stockpile strikers. It leaves the Nigerian newbie as one of five senior assassins at his new club, an even more congested scenario than the one he departed.
Nicolas Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer this summer and has started two of the first three games. Meanwhile last year’s Watford sensation Matej Vydra came in on loan to warm the Premier League bench and bolster the Baggies’ cup bids.
The trio of new arrivals joined Markus Rosenberg and Shane Long to swell West Brom’s attacking options fatter than a severely sprained ankle, meaning Anichebe will have a fight on his hands to get on the pitch.
With such a clogged striking queue in his way, he is priced as odds on to fail to reach his designated league goal line of 5.5 at a price of 3/4, which should definitely be sided with.
Last season, Anichebe made his most Premier League appearances for five seasons with 26 and still only managed to score six goals.
So assuming the plethora of strikers available in the midlands cuts the 25-year-old’s opportunities, it makes extremely good sense to back the forward to fail to reach his target.
The evidence to back under 5.5 stacks even higher when you consider that Anichebe has never scored more than six league goals in his career and has only registered five or more twice.