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Pundit’s Choice: Felipe Anderson

Pundit’s Choice: Felipe Anderson

West Ham supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team finally record their first Premier League victory of the season on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their clash with Everton at Goodison Park having lost each of their opening four league games, with Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal, and Wolves all getting the better of the East London club. Yet the Hammers produced an excellent display on Merseyside at the weekend with a brace from Andriy Yarmolenko and a Marko Arnautovic strike inspiring them to a 3-1 win over the Toffees, in turn moving them off the foot of the Premier League table.

Consequently, there have been many delighted West Ham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Leon Osman, in which he delivered an emphatic verdict on the performance of Felipe Anderson by saying that it was his ‘best game’ for the club.

And the ex-Everton midfielder is absolutely spot on with his effusive praise for the Hammers’ club-record signing, as the 25-year-old produced a display which will likely get West Ham fans excited for the season ahead.

Ultimately, the arrival of the Brazil international over the summer stimulated much excitement and indeed expectation among Hammers supporters, what with the winger certainly producing the goods for Italian side Lazio in the years previous.

Yet Anderson hadn’t really got going at the East London side in the first four matches of the campaign to suggest that he needed slightly more time to adapt to the English game as well as manager Pellegrini’s style of play, yet Sunday saw the 25-year-old show that he is indeed growing increasingly more comfortable in this Hammers team.

While the winger wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet over the course of the 90 minutes, he continuously caused Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny problems down the Hammers left, with his close control and desire to take the defender on often getting him into good positions to create a goal-scoring opportunity.

Add in a willingness to track back and put a shift in defensively, and the Brazilian star certainly proved his worth to the Hammers at Goodison Park on Sunday – all that was missing from the 25-year-old was a goal.

Yes, for the amount of money West Ham paid for him over the summer, fans may well be expecting more contributions than the two assists he has laid on so far in all competitions, but there were signs on Sunday that big things are just around the corner for the 25-year-old – every game he plays in the Premier League will help him grow into the division even more.

Thus, Osman is absolutely right to suggest that the 25-year-old enjoyed his best game for the Hammers on Sunday, which should seriously excite West Ham supporters going forward.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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