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Speaking to Football Insider, Paul Robinson has suggested that Felipe Anderson needs to improve to reach last season’s level.
There are so many West Ham United players who have been disappointing during the club’s seven-game winless run.
One of those men is Anderson, who is still yet to score a single goal this season, while he has got three assists in the league.
The Brazilian has been working hard, as signified against Newcastle United when he ran back to cover Pablo Zabaleta and challenge Allan Saint-Maximin, but the Hammers need more from him going forward.
When discussing Manuel Lanzini’s injury with Football Insider, Robinson veered off to speak about the 26-year-old: “I think it’s a boost for Anderson as he has struggled for his form this year. I think at the end of the last season, he set himself a bar as his performances were outstanding.
“I don’t think he’s nowhere near reaching the same levels he did last year and this gives him the opportunity to have a run of games in the team.”
Anderson actually makes 0.4 more dribbles per game this term compared to last, but he is doing less with them, playing an average of 0.4 fewer key passes.
In addition, he has been barren in front of goal so far this time around, while he had the ball in the back of the net nine times in the league last campaign.
It would be harsh to question Anderson’s desire to help the team, as he has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1 interception and 0.7 clearances per game, but that doesn’t change the fact the team needs more from him in the final third.
If Manuel Pellegrini decides to play him in a more progressive role, closer to Sebastien Haller, this could help the Brazilian begin doing that.