Everton and West Ham were both pretty busy during the summer transfer window, as managers Marco Silva and Manuel Pellegrini sought to significantly improve their respective squads ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Silva took over at Goodison Park back in May following the departure of Sam Allardyce, and he has set about stamping his authority on things at the Merseyside outfit in adding no fewer than seven new players to his Toffees squad, including the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Digne, and Bernard.
And Hammers boss Pellegrini has been even busier than his counterpart since taking the reins at the London Stadium during the summer with a whole host of incomings at the East London outfit, most notably Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, and record signing Felipe Anderson.
And it’s messrs Bernard and Anderson which are of particular interest, so let’s see how the two attackers compare…
25-year-old Bernard made the move to Everton in the last knockings of the summer window on a free transfer, having left Shakhtar Donetsk at the expiration of his contract earlier in the close season.
Yet he enjoyed quite a lucrative spell in Ukraine in netting 28 goals and laying on 35 assists for the club in his five-year stint at the top-flight side, in which time he helped them win three Ukrainian League titles, as well as a whole host of other domestic trophies.
And in playing 14 times for Brazil, it’s clear that Bernard has genuine ability in the forward positions and will certainly add a great deal of strength to Silva’s attacking options – ultimately, his arrival appears to have led to Yannick Bolasie’s departure to Aston Villa on loan.
And while Evertonians are likely to be excited by Bernard’s addition, he has so far managed just five minutes of action for the Toffees – thus, it very much remains to be seen exactly what sort of impact he will have on Silva’s team, but his past exertions suggest that he could well be an integral part of this Everton side.
TT Verdict: B
West Ham broke their transfer record to lure Anderson away from Lazio during the summer, with that deal the clearest statement of intent from the Hammers that they are serious about moving to the next level in their new stadium.
The 25-year-old spent five years in Serie A with Lazio and in that time certainly produced the goods in bagging 34 goals and laying on 42 assists for the Italian giants, helping them win the Supercoppa Italiana crown only last year.
In fact, the one-time Brazil international was one of the most highly-rated attackers in the Italian top-flight during his time at Lazio to underline just how good he is in the final third of the pitch, and while he hasn’t yet set the world alight since moving to West Ham, he has managed two assists in five appearances for the Hammers.
Yes, the price-tag will invariably bring with it huge expectations, but there is little doubting that, given time, Anderson will become a hugely influential player in Pellegrini’s team.
TT Verdict: B+
Clearly, both sides were in need of greater attacking reinforcements during the summer months, but while Anderson is likely to be the main man at West Ham, it’s difficult to argue the same for Bernard at Everton.
The Brazil internationals have yet to produce their best in the early stages of their English football careers, albeit Bernard has only played for five minutes, but with West Ham’s Anderson having shown glimpses of what he can do, the Hammers may well have got one over on Silva’s side by landing the 25-year-old.
Everton and West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!