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Where did it all go wrong?

Two years ago today West Ham signed Felipe Anderson for a club record transfer fee of £34.2m from Lazio.

His value initially sored to over £40m last year but his current value has reduced to £27m according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

In his first season with the Hammers he made 41 appearances in all competitions scoring 10 goals and making for assists.

He made 58 shots on goal 25 of which were on target with 43% shot accuracy. His cross accuracy rate was 28% and he created 10 big chances in the season. His passes per match works out at 46.31

This season he has made 27 appearances scoring just one goal against Bournemouth and making four assists.

He has made 23 shots this season with 8 on target and his shot accuracy dropping down to 35%. His cross accuracy is down to 26% with 4 big chances created. His passes per match works out at 37.25.

Many supporters believe Anderson is a ‘Fancy Dan’ player and a luxury we can’t afford in a relegation dog fight. David Moyes has backed him and only a hamstring injury in the warm up against Chelsea forced him out of the starting line up. It remains to be seen whether the manager will stick by the Brazilian or offload him this summer if a decent offer comes in.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

13 comments on “Where did it all go wrong?

  1. I’m not sure how far you can get in the game without heart, bottle, interest in what you are doing or any passion.
    He has got very far but it doesn’t seem he has any of these.
    Maybe he wants out and knows he has something lined up.
    We are not asking him to fly into tackles like Julian Dicks or cover ground like Declan Rice, but if you look at the top players in the world they all work their socks off.
    Man City have Silva and the like, all lightweight but boy do they work hard on the ball and even harder when on they don’t have it.
    Would love to see the stats of Anderson re sprints and ground covered vs Man city players.
    Just don’t think he wants to be here.

  2. Dave might be right, technically he is the best player in the squad by a country mile he is world class, I am still optimistic about him but he needs to find some form, much is made by other fans of his lack of defensive ability but statistics don’t back that up, he is shy of contact and that is imho where the view derived from, the same could have been said of Michael Carrick who was only marginally less shy but both players tackle from the side or are more often in the right place to intercept ahead of their rivals. Whether it will work out for him… the jury’s out. I hope it does because he has the quality we lack, can offer pace on the counter attack and just needs to improve his final ball by a bit. If not though sell him for as much as we can and move on.

  3. If we sell diangana but keep Anderson, that will confirm everything that is wrong with west ham.

    • A lot is being made about Diangana and I like him a lot, but he has been performing in the Championship, and it is not a given that would be the case in the Premier League Week in week out.
      Watching him this week for West Brom v Fulham he is very left footed orientated and missed a great chance in front of goal by trying to bend it in with his left foot, instead of using his right .
      Yes he has undoubted skill, but he is by no means a finished article for the Premiership

  4. Part of the problem is that he has had to play alongside Lanzini and it has to be one or the other and I would have Anderson as the more creative player.
    He played better before he got his first injury and he is not used to tracking back, but has got better at that, reducing his threat up front. Playing in front of Cresswell must be hard work !
    Yes he has lost confidence, but you do not lose skill. Age or injury will diminish skill and Lanzini fits that bill.
    I would persevere with Anderson but give him the best chance to perform by having the freedom to attack and not defend in the left back quarter.

  5. He is nothing less, or more, than he was already known to be and what we were warned of Before signing him………..a moody and inconsistent player.

    A luxury we could only barely afford, if we were not otherwise struggling.

    The level of skill he may or may not possess is irrelevant if he cannot be relied on.

    The tragedy is more about the owner(s) inability to prioritise and misplaced loyalty to a particular agent (or 2)………..that is why the club consistently struggles.

  6. When you pay that amount of money for a player then surely we shouldn’t have to discuss their work rate, bottle, attitude or the quality of their final ball. If the fans are still discussing that then we should get rid…….

    • Couldn’t agree more. Pellegrini didn’t do his homework on Anderson, and got lucky with a reasonable few months out of him. He’s been consistently rubbish off the ball, and rubbish on the ball since early 2019. Bye bye.

  7. He lost his aggression. Not the type of aggression that solely manifests itself in terms of making tackle and challenging for the ball (which yes he also lost) but also in simple intent terms. He doesn’t now want to take players on, drive for the line or towards goal, isn’t willing to sprint hard for or with the ball, doesn’t want to run off the ball to put of defenders, etc. The attacking aggression has gone, as well as the (albeit minimal) defensive aggression.

    Sad.

  8. He has lost himself, but has great quality. Problem at West Ham (for him) is lack of forward movement and bad behind him. He needs to have offensive players mobile, with dribbles and link-up play in the final 3rd, at pace. Now, when he gets the ball, we have no pace and technique in front and he is being asked to help track back. He should work harder, absolutely, but this style of play does not seem to play to his strengths and his confidence, and probably will, is completely lost..

  9. just ****, like he was for the first ten games he started and all this season !
    he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a good player, yes he has skills, but rarely uses them consistently and is too predictable. he has pace, but never really uses it, as he seems to slow the game down, as soon as he gets it. his passing, especially short passes, is atrocious at times, how many attacks break down at him. he rarely shoots, can’t defend 90% of the time, so it’s like playing with ten men, Just get rid !

  10. He is a luxury player but is surrounded by less talented or deadwood team mates. He has a major personality problem typical of his type . He would play a great ball to a team mate who’s speed of mind and body do not match his own . You can see his shoulders go down as Noble and co give away the ball or spurn golden opportunities . Payet and Arnie were the same . Sensational players but not a fighter for the cause . Time for him to move on but more importantly for the team to up graded and dead wood rooted out with young blood filling their boots .

  11. unfortunately anderson is annoyingly inconsistent, in recent games when he has played his passing has been terrible and most of the time has given the ball away, he had a reasonably decent first season, destroyed newcastle at st james but this season he just hasn’t been at it. To be fair I thought he was having his best game for ages against Sheff Utd until he got clattered but his cameos since then have been seriously underwhelming. Unless Moyes can turn his form around I think it might be time to sell sell sell.

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