Victor Anichebe excited to learn from Jermain Defoe
Posted: 3 September 2016 Time: 20:18
Nigeria international Victor Anichebe says his decision to join Sunderland was largely influenced by his desire to learn from Jermain Defoe.
The former Everton and West Brom forward became the Black Cats' ninth signing when he signed a one-year deal with the North East club.
Defoe, despite being 33-year-old is still one of the Premier League's most feared marksmen and Anichebe is grateful he will have a chance to learn from the veteran.
"I was speaking to JD before; everyone knows he's such a great player," Anichebe told the Sunderland website.
"We played against Sunderland last season and I was watching from the side, just watching Defoe, his movement.
"He is so strong for a small guy and you know when he gets a chance he's either going to hit the target or score.
"I told him that he's one of the reasons I came here because I feel I can learn a lot from him.
"Anichebe has not enjoyed a tremendous amount of success recently but feels, even though he is approaching 30-years-old, he can still get his career back on track.
"Even though I'm 28, you can always learn, there's always time for that," Anichebe said.
"That's what I'm coming here for and I will give my all because I know what a great opportunity I have here.
"I will try to help the football club as much as I can."