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Solving problems: Pellegrini can change West Ham’s fortunes with this tactical change

Solving problems: Pellegrini can change West Ham’s fortunes with this tactical change

There was much excitement at the London Stadium this summer surrounding West Ham’s transfer activity, but the mood in east London has since dampened after a very poor start to the new season. 

West Ham currently find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table being the only team yet to earn a single point after four games, and much of that is due to the little impact the club’s signings have made so far.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and club-record signing Felipe Anderson have barely made any real significant contributions in what is undoubtedly a worrying time for the Hammers.

That being said, it is still early days into the Manuel Pellegrini era and the above names, ultimately, need to be given time to adapt to their new surroundings.

Anderson, in particular, is a player West Ham supporters must be patient with. The Brazilian is a technically gifted individual, who can still come good at the London Stadium, although it may be time for Pellegrini to reconsider how he is currently using him.

Anderson has started off his West Ham career playing either on the left flank or just behind the centre-forward, but Pellegrini must now think about deploying him on the right.

At Lazio, Anderson played most of his best football from that position where he was able to to breeze past defenders before creating a chance for a team-mate.

The 25-year-old’s assist record in Serie A makes for good reading, and he has the ability to easily replicate the numbers he got in Italy in England — if utilised better.

On his stronger foot, he is able to directly run at opposition defenders and play accurate pull backs into the box or square passes across goal, something that players such as Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez would thrive on.

With Anderson and the rest of the attacking talent West Ham currently have, the club should be doing better.

Pellegrini’s men have, however, had to play both Liverpool and Arsenal away — two of the toughest fixtures on the calendar — but there can be no excuses for losing at home to Bournemouth and newly-promoted Wolves.

All in all, West Ham need to up the ante, and they can do so by doing more to get the best out of Anderson.

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