Sam Truelove has slammed West Ham United attacker Felipe Anderson for his performance in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.
The Football.London journalist singled out the Brazilian as a player who lacked confidence at the London Stadium, and that this wasn’t the game in which he returned to form.
Truelove claimed that Anderson could have done much better with several different chances as his disappointing form continued despite being given the nod in a game where Manuel Pellegrini made five changes.
“This wasn’t the game in which Anderson returned to form,” he wrote for Football.London.
“He lacked confidence and should have done better on a number of occasions.”
Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring for the Hammers, but they couldn’t hold on for all three points despite missing a number of chances in the game.
The clock is definitely ticking for Anderson as the games carry on, and the Brazilian will know that if he continues to perform in this way, then he will find himself on the bench in no time. Pellegrini made it clear that he will not tolerate players not holding their weight, and right now, Anderson simply isn’t good enough for the Hammers. The silky winger needs to be better, and start adding goals and assists to his game as soon as possible. The 26-year-old has yet to score a single goal this season, and that is exactly what Pellegrini will want from his man. Saturday’s game against Sheffield United was a great opportunity to change that, but Anderson missed his couple of chances to put his name in the spotlight. Things need to change and quick for the winger, with Pellegrini surely not afraid to replace any of his players in the final third with either Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals, who were both on the bench on Saturday.