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Premier League report goes potty over Felipe

Here’s a very interesting read from a totally neutral organisation – notably the Premier League website and it should bring a smile to the faces of Hammers fans!

“Felipe Anderson’s move to West Ham United is undoubtedly one of the most exciting of the summer transfer window.

The club-record signing from Lazio is a creative attacking midfielder who is skillful and extremely quick, especially when accelerating from a standing start.

The Brazilian is an expert at surging past his markers with explosive bursts of pace.

Anderson is rightly regarded as one of European football’s finest dribblers.

He completed six successful dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A last season, the third-most in Europe’s top five leagues.

Only Eden Hazard, of Chelsea, and Neymar, of Paris Saint-Germain, could better that with 6.1 and 7.1 respectively.

West Ham fans are going to enjoy watching him play.

What’s his best position?

Anderson has all the attributes you would normally associate with a winger, but does not like to be restricted to one position.

While previous managers have tried him out on the flanks, Anderson’s best performances have almost exclusively come as a No 10 behind the striker.

In that free role the Brazilian will receive passes on the half-turn in pockets of space, or drift wide to take on opposing full-backs.

On a high

A serious groin injury sidelined Anderson until December last season, but after working his way back to fitness with a series of substitute appearances, he finished the campaign in tremendous form.

He scored eight goals and produced 10 assists in all competitions for Lazio, ending 2017/18 on a high.

Anderson may have been inconsistent during his time in Italy but West Ham have bought a player who is enjoying a fabulous 2018.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon