Felipe Anderson happily admits he has worked his socks off to repay the faith shown in him by Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham.
He has shown – game by game exactly what is required to go higher – quality signings and a lot of money. Sounds simple of course but this is the first season many can remember where the Hammers have startedto show the sort of ambition that can take them to the next level.
It should not be forgotten that Anderson’s arrival smashed the Hammers transfer record by around £12 million at £35 million with Marko Arnautovic relegated to a poor second in that respect.
The Brazilian took time to settle but once he did the quality started to show big time and now with Manuel Lanzini surely to play alongside him Hammers fans can justifiably start to become very excited.
The man himself however believes he is still settling in and admits too that he needs to become stronger as he adapts to a game in England which is “end to end, with attack after attack.”
He explained to www.whufc.com: that dribbling is the key part of his game – a claim backed by the stats which show him ranked fifth in the Premier League.
He said: “That has been a key part of my game and you do get quite a lot of space in England. But the game is very intense and it is difficult to keep it up for the 90 minutes.
“Every game is end-to-end, with attack after attack. I am still adapting to that side of the game and I need to get stronger.
“I was very motivated from day one to repay the belief the club has shown in me. I have worked very hard to settle in quickly and am enjoying being part of the team, being in the city and taking part in such a project.”