Two goals from Felipe Anderson helped West Ham secure a comfortable 4-2 victory over Burnley at the London Stadium.
The Hammers were ahead after just ten minutes through Marko Arnautovic before Johann Berg Gudmundsson equalised through the Clarets. Anderson restored the lead, but Burnley hit back again through Chris Wood. The Brazilian winger then completed his brace with Javier Hernandez completing the rout in injury time.
The win was Manuel Pellegrini’s first since September and will be a much-needed confidence booster for his side. Despite a summer of lavish spending, reports suggest West Ham still want to sign a new central midfielder in January. If the Chilean wants a new defensive midfielder, he should make a move for RB Leipzig star – Diego Demme.
Valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, the German has been a crucial player for the Bundesliga side since joining from Paderborn in 2014. Demme was a pivotal part of the team that earned promotion to Germany’s top division and remains a key man in the starting eleven. The 26-year-old has already made 19 appearances in all competitions this season.
A tough-tackling engine, Demme would provide some much-needed protection to the West Ham defence – he has averaged 3.1 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game in the Bundesliga so far. The German can also dictate the tempo of the game, averaging 1.3 key passes and 3.1 long balls per game this season (WhoScored). Should Declan Rice choose to leave the club, Demme would be an excellent long-term replacement who is yet to hit the prime of his career.
Bringing the German to the London Stadium could be the last piece of the puzzle for Pellegrini. Indeed, this kind of clever signing looks to have worked wonders with Issa Diop, so
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