West Ham United made a whole host of signings in the summer and although most of them have relatively struggled to adapt to life under Manuel Pellegrini, one has excelled and embraced the opportunity of playing in the Premier League.
And that is Felipe Anderson!
The 25-year-old’s performances this season might have been overlooked and overshadowed by some mediocre results for West Ham’s standards, but Saturday’s impressive showing at Newcastle United showed just what an excellent addition he’s been.
Anderson has started every single Premier League match under Pellegrini so far this season and has clearly been one of the main players in the manager’s books, while on the pitch he a revelation in the left-wing position.
His cheeky flick against Manchester United in September to open the scoring set the tone of the skilful footballer that he is, one who is able to be creative in attack and have the necessary attributes to keep opposition defenders guessing.
The way he got rid of Fabian Schar on Saturday to score West Ham’s third goal was an indication of that as the defender probably expected him to cut back inside, but instead the former Lazio player accelerated and took him on the outside by shrugging Schar off before unleashing the shot.
Going forward from deep he also took initiative and provided the likes of Javier Hernandez with good goal-scoring opportunities but poor efforts let the striker down.
Linking up with Marko Arnautovic is a combination on the left that Pellegrini might look to utilise for the remainder of the season as it is highly unlikely that Pellegrini would change his attack any time soon.
And apart from Arnautovic, who has been seen as the club’s only worthy scoring option this season, the manager should perhaps try and get Anderson more forward than he already is, despite being a winger that is excellent at tracking back.
He’s proven to be composed in front of goal and could be lethal when having two strikers in the middle which he could run off or play clever passes to.