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West Brom had a ‘mare on Anichebe transfer



West Bromwich Albion have been rather active in the transfer market over previous years, with many players moving in and out of the Midlands club.

As many Baggies fans will be very much aware, not every deal that has taken place at the Hawthorns has ended up being particularly fruitful.

One move that was particularly disappointing for the club was their 2013 swoop for Victor Anichebe.

Signed in the 2013 summer transfer window from Everton for a reported fee of £6m, the striker made 63 appearances for the Baggies across all competitions before being released in 2016.

In those appearances, the Nigerian could only find the back of the net nine times in total, which is considerably less than what the Baggies would have been hoping for considering the money they shelled out for him.

The 2013/14 Premier League season saw the attacker score only three goals in 24 league appearances before registering another three strikes in 21 league appearances the year after.

As well as his lack of regular goal contributions in the league, the striker’s performances were not much to shout about either.

His debut campaign saw the now 33-year-old earn himself an overall performance rating of 6.56 from WhoScored, whereas the 2014/15 season ended up being worse, this time with a rating of 6.52.

Playing just ten league games after that, the club called an end to Anichebe’s time as a West Brom player in the summer of 2016.

To further highlight the lack of attacking prowess the player had, he only registered 25 shots on target throughout the three Premier League seasons he had as a Baggies player.

To put that into perspective, his final league season at Everton saw the centre-forward rack up 33 shots on target.

Was Victor Anichebe a flop for West Brom?

Despite being described as being an “absolute nightmare” to play against by Jamie Carragher, the only person that will have been having nightmares about the striker is former West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace.

Having reportedly been on wages of £32k-per-week at the Hawthorns, it’s safe to say that the striker rinsed Peace’s pockets of £10.7m over 147 weeks from the transfer fee and wages the club had to pay to have Anichebe in their squad.

Taking all of this into account, it’s hard to deny that this was one of the poorer decisions the Baggies made in terms of their transfer business.

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