Jimmy Bullard has been in awe of the start to the season West Ham United forward Felipe Anderson has made.
The former Fulham midfielder and Hammers’ fan singled out the Brazilian international as the standout player under Manuel Pellegrini in the opening five games.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams on his personal Instagram account, Bullard said he was impressed with the club’s start to the Premier League campaign, with the Hammers sitting in eighth place, and on the same points as third-placed Tottenham.
“Really, really good, Anderson has been on fire,” he said.
When asked about the future of Declan Rice at the London Stadium and the potential of big clubs coming in for his services, Bullard appeared to be more hopeful than definitive in his answer.
“There’s always a case of that, isn’t there?”
“I just hope we can keep our better players, we’ve always let them go.”
Anderson has looked dangerous every time he picks up the ball for the Hammers, with his first thought to square up to his opposing man in the final third and look to beat him. The Brazilian has yet to open his account but has delivered an assist, with more of those bound to come if he continues on the same path. The 26-year-old has averaged two shots on goal and 1.8 key passes according to WhoScored, and Bullard is right to be impressed with the effect he has had in the final third. A player’s success obviously brings along interested parties, and that is exactly what has happened with Rice. Reliable club source, ExWHUemployee, recently claimed on his personal Twitter account that he expects Manchester United and Chelsea to bid for the 20-year-old soon. The England international has been phenomenal in defensive midfield so far this season, averaging an impressive four tackles per game according to WhoScored. Bullard is clearly delighted with the Hammers for their start to the season but is also wary of what the future holds for certain players.