Sky Sports pundit Darren Bent has questioned the impact that West Ham winger Felipe Anderson is having on his team after failing to make any meaningful contribution against Everton on Saturday.
The Brazilian can be an inspirational figure for the Hammers but he was anonymous in the 2-0 loss at Goodison Park, and Bent feels that the club-record signing has to do more to justify his inclusion in the side:
“He has too many of these indifferent games, I wouldn’t even say indifferent he just isn’t doing anything, yeah you kind of forget he’s there.”
“He is one of their most influential players as he has that burst of speed which means he can destroy sides, and sometimes it’s just too far between as he’ll play really well then go missing for several games.”
We mentioned in an article last week that Anderson has actually been performing better this campaign compared to last season, in terms of his stats, but his overall influence on games recently has dropped alarmingly.
It appears the 26-year-old is not the type of player who will take a game by the scruff of the neck, and needs players to perform around him in order to make an impact himself.
Not many West Ham players came out with much credit in the defeat at the weekend, and Manuel Pellegrini will be very keen to see a reaction when they play Sheffield United next up.