This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
For any footballer, being without a club cannot be an easy thing to deal with.
Not only does it to deny them the chance to play the game they love, but, perhaps more importantly at that stage of their lives, it means they do not have the wage coming in that they need to continue to keep a roof over their head and provide for their families.
The opportunity therefore, to earn a new contract with a new club is an enticing one, and it surely means that the trials that players must go through in a bid to earn a deal with another club, in order to secure their future both in the game – and potentially their personal lives as well – must surely make such situations among the most challenging in a player’s career.
One man who could well be currently experiencing that sort of pressure, is Victor Anichebe.
The striker has been without a club since his controversial departure from Chinese Beijing Enterprises last year, and is now on trial with League One side Doncaster Rovers, as he looks to secure a return to the game.
After being away from the game for so long, it does seem as though Anichebe clearly still has the desire to play football, and he will surely be determined to prove that he can do just that with the Yorkshire side.
Having played in the Premier League for many years with the likes of Everton, West Brom and Sunderland, Anichebe should be more than confident that he has the ability to make an impact in the third tier for Donny, provided he can overcome the challenges he is facing to earn that contract.
Providing an update on the situation with regards to Anichebe recently, Doncaster boss Darren Moore revealed that he will not be ready to offer Anichebe a contract at the Keepmoat Stadium until he has proven his fitness.
That therefore, feels like a big challenge for Anichebe to overcome.
Having been out of the game for so long, the striker is likely to be well aware of the fact that he may still be someway from full fitness, so it will not be easy for him to get back up to that point again.
What will arguably be more frustrating for Anichebe, is that it is thought that the striker has already had a contract drawn up for him.
Given that is the case, it almost seems as though this is a proverbial carrot that has been dangled in front of him, and while it is there but yet to be handed to him may be difficult to accept, the striker surely needs to use this as an incentive to push himself back to full fitness and secure that elusive deal.
The fact therefore, that he has been out for so long, might be something that he is now regretting, when you consider that, had he been able to find a club to at least get a trial at sooner, he may at least have been within range of the fitness levels he may have needed in order to secure a deal with Doncaster or any other club.
Even so, at 32-years-old, Anichebe will still feel that he has a few years of competing left in him at this sort of level, provided he can get back to the level of fitness required to earn such a deal.
He will be hoping therefore, that that experience and ability he has shown previously in his career, will be enough to convince Moore to give him every chance to get back to that level, it will be interesting to see if he does.