Felipe Anderson has put his tepid opening to life in the Premier League behind him with a series of scintillating performances for the Hammers in recent weeks.
West Ham’s club-record signing promised so much but delivered so little during the early openings of his career in east London, but feelings of discontent have rapidly been replaced by those of awe and admiration since the start of November.
The Brazilian wing-wizard has been in inspired form, scoring five goals in his last six league appearances, including a brilliantly finessed strike from the edge of the area against Crystal Palace last weekend.
His soaring reputation reached new heights against the Eagles, but he could yet step up another level if Manuel Pellegrini is able to improve the calibre of the players around him.
Well, according to a recent report from Liga Financial, that’s exactly what the Chilean tactician is planning on doing, with a move for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The report claims that Newcastle and West Ham are both interested in signing the 22-year-old playmaker, and a release clause in his contract will enable either club to secure his signature for £30 million.
Considering the enormity of Loftus-Cheeks’ potential and the progress he has made in his short time in the Premier League thus far, Pellegrini should seriously be considering bringing him into the London Stadium.
Not only would his creativity and powerful style of dribbling give the Hammers a significant layer of quality in the centre of the park it would also provide Anderson with a player to combine with to devastating effect in the final-third.
Loftus-Cheeks’ vision and ability to drag defenders out of position would equate to an increase in goal scoring opportunities and a greater level of freedom for Anderson, which can only be daunting news for Premier League defenders.
West Ham are crying out for the injection of dynamism and creativity in midfield, particularly given Jack Wilshere’s injury problems, and Loftus-Cheek is a perfect candidate to provide that necessary injection.
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