This article forms part of our Last Time Out feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player fared against his team’s next opponent the last time the two sides faced off.
West Ham United’s last encounter against Arsenal was one to forget for attacker Felipe Anderson.
The 26-year-old was dragged off in the second half by former manager Manuel Pellegrini after a very poor showing. He earned a match rating of just 6.2 on WhoScored — only goalkeeper David Martin (5.2) received lower out of the players to start the game — after struggling to make an impact in the 3-1 defeat.
On the night, Anderson managed just the sole key pass and failed to register a single shot on target (one shot in total) before being replaced by Sebastien Haller. It has been the story of his season so far, with some of the Brazilian’s attacking averages down from the previous campaign.
This term, Anderson is only averaging 1.1 key passes per Premier League game, less than the 1.8 he averaged last year. Taking one shot per match, he also is not shooting as much, registering 1.6 prior.
Should West Ham cash in on Felipe Anderson?
Bearing that in mind, and with just the sole Premier League goal to his name this season, it is clear that Anderson’s influence is diminishing. Against Arsenal, though, the Brazil international has a chance to show his worth and make West Ham supporters forget about that disastrous display in the reverse fixture.
West Ham fans, will Anderson come good before the end of the season? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
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