Doncaster Rovers poised to snap up former Sunderland man

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Doncaster Rovers are considering offering a deal to former Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.

The 31-year-old last played in the UK for the Black Cats, moving off to China after his failed spell at the Stadium of Light. He’s not back in the UK and has been training with Doncaster.

Speaking after their 3-1 EFL Trophy win against Lincoln City, first team coach John Schofield admitted that he had done okay during his spell with Rovers.

When asked if a move was on the cards, he replied;  “I would imagine if he’s training with us he’s a possibility. Or maybe he’s coming in to have a look at us, and us have a look at him, get some fitness.

“He’s a free agent so there’s no real rush, for want of a better word. He’s done okay.”

Anichebe came through the ranks at Everton, spending nine seasons at Goodison. He made 168 appearances for them, scoring 26 times before a move to West Brom.

He’s always struggled to reach the heights of his early career and scored just nine times in 61 outings for the Baggies. The move to Sunderland followed where he hit three goals in 12 outings before the move to China.

Our View

This wouldn’t be a great move by Doncaster. Anichebe has scored very few goals in his career and although he’s never dropped into League One, there is no evidence to suggest he’s suitable to replace John Marquis.

Darren Moore had a habit of bringing in free agents at West Brom, but he didn’t succeed there and it isn’t a method he should start employing at Rovers. The sort of wages Anichebe would command are simply not justified.

Put faith in Niall Ennis and Kazaiah Sterling instead.

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