Felipe Anderson has a “very weird” game against Watford on Saturday, according to Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole.
The Brazilian made his return to the Hammers’ starting lineup after having missed the 1-1 draw with Brighton the week prior, and was on hand to assist Sebastien Haller for his first goal in a 3-1 win.
But Inkersole has been quick to point out that the £85,000-a-week ace [Spotrac] is lacking in consistency.
Writing in a piece for Football.London, he said: “Returned to action against Watford with a very weird game.
“He blew extremely hot and cold, frustrated and thrilled in equal measure.
“Bagged an assist for Haller’s first goal at Vicarage Road.”
Anderson is a mercurial talent, there is little doubting that, but the issue with players of his ilk is that when they are bad, they have the potential to be very, very bad. That’s not to say that Anderson has had a shocking start to the season. An opening weekend clash with Manchester City was always going to be difficult, while a dead leg kept him out of the match against Brighton. But nonetheless, he will feel he has more to offer. He is already averaging 1.5 key passes, two successful dribbles, and two shots on goal per game, as per Whoscored, but Anderson will know that he can take his game up another level or two, especially with the likes of Haller and Pablo Fornals now there to support him. Give him a little while to getting going, but when he does, Anderson could have a fantastic season ahead of him.