Former England international Darren Bent believes that there could be plenty of transfer interest in Felipe Anderson in the near future.
Should West Ham cash in on Felipe Anderson?
The Brazilian joined West Ham in 2018 for a massive £41.5 million and became their club-record signing at the time (BBC Sport).
His first season in east London was fairly successful as he scored 10 goals and provided five assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt), but this term has been a little more of a struggle for him.
Indeed in the 15 Premier League games, he has played so far he hasn’t scored a single goal, whilst also failing to net in either of his two EFL Cup appearances (Transfermarkt).
He missed the Hammers’ 1-0 win against Southampton at the weekend due to illness (football.london) and Bent has questioned whether he will be able to get back into the team.
Manuel Pellegrini opted to tinker with his tactics and changed from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 (Transfermarkt) and Bent believes that Anderson may now have to spend some time on the bench.
However, he also added that if that is the case it could lead to plenty of transfer interest for the 26-year-old.
When discussing Anderson’s future at West Ham, the ex-Tottenham striker told Football Insider: “I think it’ll be a while before he gets back in.
“But the danger is other teams will know what quality he has got and if he is sitting on West Ham’s bench then there’s going to be no shortage of takers.”
Bent could be right in suggesting that it will be a struggle for Anderson to get back into the starting 11.
Indeed, prior to their win against the Saints they had lost seven in nine (Transfermarkt) and it would be strange if Pellegrini changed what was a winning formula at St. Mary’s.
As a left-winger the man who Anderson would be looking to replace is Pablo Fornals, but he is in decent form at the moment and provided a third assist in four games against Southampton (Transfermarkt).
If the Brazilian does end up on the bench then there will certainly be clubs interested in taking him. After all, the likes of Liverpool were linked with a move for him by the Daily Mail earlier this year, so it’s clear to see he has big-name admirers.
After all, he is a quality player who not only scored 10 goals in his first season with the Hammers, but also scored 34 goals and provided 37 assists during his time in Italy with Lazio (Transfermarkt).
West Ham fans, do you think that Felipe Anderson should be sold? Or do you want to see him given a chance in the 4-4-2 system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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