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Anderson spots a difference in the Hammers

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Felipe Anderson creates mixed feelings among the fans because whilst everybody accepts he is extremely gifted, some areas of his game perhaps leave something to be desired.

Last season was a settling in campaign for the Irons samba star, along with a number of other new arrivals, and whilst he has been more consistent this term there has been the odd criticism concerning his consistency.

There is also a question mark over his enthusiasm to truly contest 50/50 situations given, perhaps his stature, and unwillingness to involve himself in the possibility of injury as a result of such confrontations.

That he is a key member of the squad however is not in doubt and he is in a good position to judge the difference between the Hammers squad last term compared to this one.

And speaking to the official site the 26 year old Brazilian his discussed the changes of which he has become aware as the season has progressed.

He said: “Last year, a lot of players arrived so it was hard because we didn’t know each other and we had to play together straightaway, but now we have spent a year together so this year we need to improve.

There’s a lot of competition because there’s a lot of quality players, everyone can play in the same level, and that’s good. We are training hard and that’s good for West Ham. I’m excited.”


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4 comments on “Anderson spots a difference in the Hammers

  1. The comments about 50/50 irritate me. It is repeated all the time. How often do you see Lanzini, Yarmolenko etc winning tackles? He has a good work ethic and has won more tackles than most according to stats. Just wish he would shoot more often!

    • Absolutely agree with Ridders; I don’t understand the criticism. Did you see him in the Palace match? He danced around defenders – a joy to watch and carried out great dribbling and passing under pressure. For goodness sake give the guy some credit – he botched a shot in the box but he’s not primarily a striker anyway and even the Sterlings and Kanes fluff shots. He’s a player I really hope we keep and see develop.

      • I think if you read the piece you will see we do give him credit with reservations. Without them we’d have to say he’s perfect

        • That’s how I read it. I think he does tackle back and quite effectively, too; better as a defensive tackler perhaps than Masuaku sometimes. And he gets up and down the flank tirelessly. However, when going forward he does appear to lose physical contests and get shoved off the ball or run into a cul de sac and lose the ball without threatening the opposition rather than going for the jugular, running at defenders and getting a shot off. Not enough end-product for someone of his ability sometimes. He’s got the X-factor, no doubt, and does work hard for the team in my opinion – one of the first names on the team sheet. We don’t know what instructions MP gives him, of course. And he’s now got an unselfish, team-orientated centre-forward to play with, so we’re only going to benefit from their developing relationship. But just imagine Anderson’s skill combined with Antonio’s energy and drive! A defender’s nightmare. Bl**dy international break … COYI

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