Felipe Anderson has had a tough time of it in front of goal. Prior to West Ham United’s 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth, he hadn’t hit the back of the net all season.
He was close to extending that run, as David Moyes was ready to take the Brazilian off – signified by the fact he was substituted immediately after the goal – but he managed to squeeze it in just in time.
Declan Rice played a wonderful long ball into his path, which the 26-year-old touched out of his feet with precision. He then ran away from Steve Cook, before calmly sliding the ball past Aaron Ramsdale.
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He took the goal very well, in a way that certainly isn’t characteristic of a man who has failed to score at all this season.
It is far too early to say that Moyes has had an impact on the 26-year-old, but it’s reminiscent of Marko Arnautovic’s change of fortunes when the Scotsman first arrived at London Stadium.
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The Austrian had not managed a single goal in the seven league appearances he had made under Slaven Bilic and the change wasn’t immediate when Moyes arrived.
Starting with a 2-0 loss against Watford, Arnautovic didn’t score in any of his first four games under the now-56-year-old.
However, once the Austrian was moved from the wing to being a central striker, he went on to get a total of 11 goals, helping the men in claret and blue stay away from the relegation zone.
This is not to say that Anderson will go on to reach double figures, but considering his ability Moyes may well build him up in a similar way to Arnautovic, making him the focal point of the team.
In any case, Anderson can now enter the Moyes era with a renewed sense of confidence – which could be crucial in turning the Hammers’ season around.