Two sides vying for seventh place in the Premier League will meet at the weekend when West Ham United and Everton both entertain each other at the London Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Silva both made a number of additions to their sides in the summer and some of those transfers appear to have been massive hits, judging by the performances they have managed to produce as the campaign has gone by.
Interestingly, the Hammers and the Toffees have both had Brazilians steal the show for their respective clubs this season in Felipe Anderson and Richarlison, however, when put against each other, who comes out on top?
Let’s take a closer look at the pair below…
Many at the London Stadium would have been expecting plenty when David Gold and David Sullivan made Anderson the club’s transfer record signing in the summer and it would be hard to find someone disappointed by the contribution he has provided so far, with the Brazil National Team also having been impressed recently.
The 25-year-old has eight goals and four assists to his name so far in the Premier League and has been a key reason as to why the Hammers are currently challenging the likes of Everton in the race for seventh.
Anderson is a constant threat to opposing defences on the left-hand side as he has the ability to dribble past them and make life difficult, whilst his ability to be deadly from free-kicks makes him an equally dangerous proposition.
His goalscoring has been impressive, however, the vision he has for a key pass has also been something that has been pleasing on the eye at the London Stadium this season and something that will have delighted those watching on as he can create a chance from virtually nothing.
TT Grade: A
Marcel Brands and Marco Silva showed everyone that they were not messing around in the summer when they spent big to bring Richarlison to Goodison Park from Watford. Although he is a player who is someone that the manager will know well, it would have been difficult for anyone to predict that things would have gone as well as they have in his debut campaign, considering the fact that he has had to play out of position at Everton.
With no real striker leading the line effectively, the 21-year-old has been chosen to spearhead the forward line at times and has done remarkably well. He has 12 goals in his 29 appearances and has emerged as one of the club’s standouts so far.
Valued at £40.5million (Transfermarkt), his performances throughout the current campaign have also seen him rewarded with an international call up, whilst he has continued to show how much potential he has – and has also seen a number of clubs provide some unwanted interest.
There have been moments where he has gone by unnoticed in some matches, however, goals against Newcastle United and Chelsea in back-to-back games before the international break may have brought some much-needed confidence back to Richarlison.
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Both Brazilians have been rather special this season for their respective clubs and the pair have been key for the two sides in their pursuit of trying to obtain European football.
However, both had rather contrasting starts with Anderson beginning life at the Hammers a little slow, whilst Richarlison came flying out of the blocks and really showed why the Toffees paid a huge fee to land him.
But, as the season has continued, Anderson has really turned things up a notch and looks mightily comfortable at the London Stadium and has turned into a man that can really help to win West Ham the points on his own.
For that reason, Anderson wins this battle.
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