Victor Anichebe made one hundred and sixty-eight appearances for Everton in eight years at Goodison Park, scoring twenty-six times.
He’s generally loved by the Everton faithful, love which is reciprocated by the striker who posted on Twitter earlier this year he’d quite happily turn out for the Toffees for free.
During his time at Everton, he received a six-figure out-of-court settlement from Newcastle United after he sued them over a Kevin Nolan horror tackle that threatened to end his career and left him on the sidelines for two years.
He left Merseyside in 2013 for West Brom, and a move to Sunderland followed three years later. However, a spell in China turned sour and left the Nigerian a free-agent and in dispute with Beijing Enterprises.
He recently turned up at Doncaster Rovers on trial, but reports suggest he’s once again looking for a club after failing to convince the League One outfit to offer him a deal.
The Sunderland Echo is reporting eagle-eyed supporters have noticed he’s been posting several Instagram snaps from Lagos in recent weeks sparking speculation his time at Rovers has come to nothing.
Doncaster manager Darren Moore played with Anichebe at the Hawthorns, and he’d seemingly offered his former teammate a route back into the English game.
Speaking about the situation recently, Moore was keen for the burly forward to prove his fitness before offering him a deal.
While Rovers have not commented, it looks likely even though the South Yorkshire are short of firepower up front, Anichebe has failed to impress.
An exciting player in his day, its surprising Moore hasn’t offered him a deal at least until the end of the season.
However, the fact of the matter is League One managers are increasingly looking to the athleticism of youth in a league where standards seem to be on the up.
It appears the days of old pros dropping down the leagues are coming to a close, and the former Everton favourite’s days are over in the English game.