Journalist Sam Inkersole has called for ‘non-existent’ West Ham midfielder Felipe Anderson to be dropped as soon as possible.
The Brazilian international hasn’t been at his best this season, and that continued on Saturday with another sub-standard performance against Everton.
Inkersole hasn’t been impressed: “Likewise on the opposite flank, £42m man Felipe Anderson is not at his best yet and looks like he could do with being taken out of the firing line for a week,” he wrote on the Football London website.
“The Brazilian has been defending well and helping his left back out but as an attacking force, he’s been almost non-existent since the 2-0 win over Norwich when Anderson feasted on Canary meat.”
There’s no doubt that Anderson was tremendous against Norwich at the end of August, but since then he hasn’t really been able to put it all together. The former Lazio man has yet to score so far this season and has yet to really perform to the level he did during his terrific debut campaign in east London. With that said, it might not be the worst thing for manager Manuel Pellegrini to follow Inkersole’s advice and give the Brazilian a bit of a break. Someone like Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass or even young Nathan Holland could come in for the 26-year-old. He really failed to perform at Goodison Park last time out, that’s for sure. As per WhoScored.com, Anderson failed to produce a shot or key pass, and had four unsuccessful touches and was dispossessed three times before being removed at half time. A chastening experience for the mercurial playmaker, that’s for sure.