Anelka's season has been shrouded in controversy after he made a 'quenelle' gesture with anti-semitic connotations while celebrating a goal during his side's 3-3 draw with West Ham United last month.
The FA's investigation into the incident is said to be nearing a conclusion, while the Baggies' sponsors Zoopla today announced that they would no longer be in partnership with the club after this season.
"Everything has gone really well the players have shown a lot of desire and I am sure that everything will go really well," Mel told Sky Sports News.
"Nicolas Anelka is a very important player for us and what is important for me is to beat Everton. We want the players to show hunger and desire and stay on the ball.
"Everything has gone really well, the players have shown a lot of desire. I'm happy, this is a dream for me."
West Brom have won just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions and sit just three points clear of the relegation zone.