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Anichebe: I've got my spark back

And striker says Berahino's enthusiasm has stirred something in him

VICTOR Anichebe admits seeing Saido Berahino's hunger has helped renew his appetite to be a Barclays Premier League hit.

After spending more than ten years at Everton, the 25-year-old deadline-day signing believes The Hawthorns is proving the ideal place for him to thrive.

He played a pivotal role in the Baggies' historic 2-1 win at Manchester United a fortnight ago.

And he is now looking to shake off the groin injury that forced him out of the Arsenal game in time for next Saturday's trip to Stoke (ko 3pm).

"I knew before that there was interest but when I found out, I knew I really wanted to come here, he [Steve Clarke] didn’t really need to persuade me. 

"Everton have gone through change, a lot of staff who’d been there since I was a boy at Everton had gone.

"It's not a bad thing but I thought maybe it’s time for me to go on and experience something else, so I didn’t need much persuasion, other teams were interested but I chose to come to West Brom.

"It was sad but I just felt it was the right time to go. 

"Roberto Martinez wanted me to stay but I'd made up my mind. He sent me a lovely text message after I left.

"The first week I was here I was in bed thinking 'have I made the right decision?', texting some of the Everton boys asking how it is.

"But I'm happy I've definitely made the right decision, it's brought out my hunger. 

"Some of the players here have put hunger into me. 

"It's a pleasure to see the enthusiasm that Saido has every day, so it's the right decision I left - but I do wish Everton the best of luck.

"I've just come here to try to achieve good things, I’m looking forward to the journey. 

"Hopefully it’ll be successful. It’s been good so far, so hopefully it can continue."