New-boy Victor Anichebe will put his best foot forward for Albion tomorrow – after taking delivery of special Baggies-themed boots.
The former Everton hitman will don personalised footwear for his possible debut at Fulham referring to Albion anthem The Lord’s My Shepherd.
And, although the message did not originally refer to the Baggies, Anichebe has now been told how his boots have a special significance at his new club.
Anichebe, who is from a Christian family, wears boots featuring the phrase ‘Psalm 23’ – the passage in the Old Testament that provides the words for the famous hymn that has been adopted by Albion supporters.
And staff at the Baggies’ Walsall training ground have now made the Nigeria international aware of the link with the club’s fans.
The 25-year-old, who signed from the Toffees on transfer deadline day in a deal that could cost up to £6m, is available to make his first appearance for his new club tomorrow after 15 years at Goodison Park.
He will compete with former record signing Shane Long for the right to lead the line for the Baggies and could play alongside fellow deadline-day signings Stephane Sessegnon and Morgan Amalfitano.
“I'm proud to be an Evertonian but now is a new chapter in my life and I’ve come here to show what I can do.
“I am happy to be here. Last Monday was a really long day and there were times when I thought the move wasn’t going to happen.
“But people worked really hard to get it done. I thank Everton for helping to get it done, and the people at West Brom, and I’m happy to be here now.
“I am looking forward to working with the rest of the forward players here but the whole team is good. They’ve got a good, solid defence and a good midfield as well. They’ve got a great manager and good fans behind them. It’s a great challenge for me and I’m not looking to come in and automatically start.”