West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson has headed out on a season-long loan to Portuguese heavyweights FC Porto in a bid to reignite his career, and has now hinted he will ‘be back stronger’ to fight for his place with the Hammers.
When a player is loaned out around the Brazilian’s age (27), it normally suggests he is surplus to requirements at the club and that they are looking to move him on.
However, Anderson does not see it this way. His latest comments suggest he feels that he can come back and get involved in the first team in East London again.
What Anderson said about his West Ham future
Speaking with talkSPORT host Jim White, he said: “On one hand I’m sad for not helping the team as I would like, but on the other hand I’m happy to have a great opportunity to play for Porto.
“I’m very motivated and playing for Porto is a great opportunity for me. When I came to West Ham I had a goal and it’s frustrating, but I understand that everything can change, with the coronavirus these times are so weird and I lost my space at the club.
“I know I have a lot to show, so I think it was the right decision for both sides for now. I have a contract with West Ham, so next season I’ll be here and I need to do my best to be back stronger.”
Can Anderson reignite his West Ham career?
If he does return and stay at the club, Hammers supporters will hope he rekindles his form from his debut Premier League campaign. In that season, he scored nine goals, provided four assists, and managed on average 1.6 shots, 1.8 key passes and 2.1 successful dribbles per game in the Premier league, via WhoScored.
Is allowing Felipe Anderson to leave West Ham on loan a good decision?
However he only managed two minutes of top flight football this season. This highlights that David Moyes did not think he could have any impact on the pitch. Therefore, he needs to have a good spell in Portugal to impress Moyes, and his attitude about the temporary switch appears to be spot on, vowing to be ‘back stronger’ – perhaps a hint he intends to fight for his place once more.
If he excels at Porto, then there is no doubt West Ham will want to give him another chance to prove himself. However if he still struggles, like he did last season as he only managed one goal, per WhoScored, then one would have to assume he will move on next summer.
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