West Ham have been fairly consistent when it comes to spending big money on new players during the transfer windows over the past few years such as Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Sebastien Haller among others.
However, as tends to be the case with most clubs, not every transfer deal ends up being worth the time, effort or money it took to complete.
One prime example of this at the east London club is the deal West Ham secured for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson.
Signed in the 2018 summer transfer window from Italian club Lazio for a then club-record fee of £36m, the attacker made 73 appearances for the Hammers across all competitions but could only score 12 times and provide 13 assists, meaning he cost the club £3m-per-goal from the transfer fee they shelled out for him.
Not long after that, the east London club decided to bring Anderson’s time as a West Ham player to an end by selling him back to Lazio for a reported fee of just €3m (£2.52m).
With 38 appearances under his belt across all competitions this season, the winger, who’s picking up a weekly wage of £85k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has scored six goals and provided seven assists in the process, meaning he could realistically equal the goal contributions tally he had for West Ham in just one season back with Lazio.
In December 2019, Transfermarkt rated the Brazilian’s market value at £40.5m, the highest it has ever been throughout his career, whereas it now stands at just £9m, presumably as a result of his disappointing spell in England and on loan with Porto.
Having been slammed by former Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson for his “really poor” performances in a Hammers shirt, Anderson “couldn’t cut it” at the club according to Ben Foster, which is hard to dispute.
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that GSB had a nightmare when they gave the green light on what was then a club-record transfer deal for their club.