Sky Sports pundit Darren Bent has blasted Felipe Anderson for his performance in West Ham’s 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Anderson, 26, was substituted off by Manuel Pellegrini and replaced by Andriy Yarmolenko at half-time after a rather anonymous appearance in the opening 45 minutes.
Although Bent admits he is a fan of the former Lazio player, the ex-Tottenham striker has claimed that there are too many games where Anderson plays as though he did on Merseyside on Saturday.
“He is one who frustrates me as I’m a big fan of his,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I’ve seen him before rip teams to shreds on his own and I remember looking at that team, thinking Haller upfront, Anderson, Lanzini, these guys are good for West Ham.
“But yesterday…he has too many of these indifferent games, I wouldn’t even say indifferent he just isn’t doing anything, yeah you kind of forget he’s there.
“He is one of their most influential players as he has that burst of speed which means he can destroy sides, and sometimes it’s just too far between as he’ll play really well then go missing for several games.”
Anderson was certainly not alone in the long list of West Ham players who failed to perform to the best of their abilities against Everton. According to stats by WhoScored, the Brazilian completed just 69.6 per cent of his passes in his appearance, which was his lowest pass accuracy of the season. Before he was hooked at half-time, Anderson also failed to make a key pass or have a shot at goal for the first time since the opening match of the season. The £85,000-a-week [Spotrac] ace cannot play like this on a regular basis. It cannot become a habit. If West Ham want to finish in a European spot this season, they need their best players to play at their best in every match. Anderson is one of the best players at the London Stadium and the team cannot afford to have him as a passenger. It was not good enough at all.