West Ham captain Mark Noble believes Felipe Anderson deserves all the praise he gets for the performances he puts in for the Hammers.
The Brazilian is known for his creativity in the final third of the pitch, but Noble also credits the winger for his unsung work rate and his defensive work off the ball:
“That’s why you pay the big bucks for these players. Everyone sees the skills and running but his work-rate off the ball, getting back and tackling, is fantastic. He’s a really special player.”
Anderson arrived from Lazio for £36m last summer, and performed well during his first campaign at the London Stadium, scoring ten goals and contributing five assists in 40 appearances.
The 26-year-old has continued in the same rich vein of form at the start of this season having already provided two assists in four games.
Combined with the talents of Manuel Lanzini and new signing Pablo Fornals, Anderson is part of a midfield that possesses a great deal of creativity and should provide the ammunition for the likes of Sebastien Haller to supply the goals for the team this campaign.