As the goals dry up for Anichebe, the striker believes defenders are now paying more attention to him.
Anichebe reunited with David Moyes this summer at Sunderland has been in fine form scoring three goals in eight appearances.
The goals have dried up of recent for the striker and he believes it is because defenders are now paying more attention to him.
“It is becoming a lot more difficult when I first came into the side teams didn’t know what to expect,” Anichebe told Sunderland Echo.
“They are trying to stop our left-hand side of attack. That is why I switch sides.
“I am used to it – I just have to be ready. Every game is tough. They are doubling up on me, but that is part and parcel of the game. It is a compliment as well. Whenever there is a battle, I will be ready for it.
“We are good down the left-hand side, but sometimes I feel we need to switch it around more.
“As the manager implements more of his plans, that is what we will be, more fluid.
“Teams are watching us and know they need to stop that side. That is a compliment.
“If we can work across both sides, it will free up more space for everybody.
“Sometimes because teams are ready for us and are a lot more aggressive with me.”
Anichebe and his Sunderland teammates travel to face Manchester United in their next fixture on Boxing Day.