David Sullivan and David Moyes must take action in the January window to resolve Felipe Anderson’s continued nightmare with the West Ham United winger still frozen out at FC Porto.
Anderson moved to the Estadio do Dragao on a season-long loan this summer but has featured only three times for the Liga NOS giants, with Sergio Conceicao awarding the Brazilian just 110 minutes of action to date.
Conceicao handed Anderson his full Porto debut against third-tier minnows Fabril Barreiro in the Taca de Portugal last month, only to then omit the 27-year-old from his following two league fixtures.
Anderson has not featured in one of Conceicao’s Liga NOS squads since serving as a late substitute in a 3-2 loss to Pacos Ferreira in October, sparking the Irons’ former club-record £36million signing’s sister to hit out at Porto.
“Felipe was brought to Portugal by agents who are no longer part of his career. Only I can I speak officially on his behalf,” Juliana Gomes, who is also Anderson’s agent, said, via quotes by Record.
“I will have a meeting with the club to inform them of this new scenario and also to try to understand if we can do something so that Felipe can do as quickly as possible what he came to do in Portugal, which is to play his football and help FC Porto.”
Conceicao responded to Anderson’s agent by stating, via quotes by O Jogo: “Nobody spoke to me, now what they [want to] talk to the Board.
“I am not going to ask the President what he said to Felipe Anderson’s sister. Why his sister says she needs a meeting, I don’t know, he has to ask, she is not me. If it’s about adapting Felipe, it’s up to me, I can talk, it’s up to me. There are some who adapt faster than others, it’s normal.”
With Anderson’s nightmare situation only continuing with a third straight omission from Porto’s Liga NOS squad, tensions must be on the rise in east London fearing that the winger may never establish himself at the Estadio do Dragao in the manner that will support their cause.
Anderson, who his former SS Lazio teammate Bruno Pereirinha describes as “an extremely unbalanced and explosive player”, will return to West Ham at the end of the season with just a year remaining on his £85,000-per-week contract.
The Irons will find it hard to see a reason to offer the forward an extension to his terms after falling out of favour under Moyes last term, making just eight appearances, but may struggle to secure a representative fee in the transfer market unless they find a new home for the £22.5m-rated outcast this winter.
It is not expected that Anderson will return to the London Stadium in January with the Hammers holding no interest in a mid-season reunion, though a move away from Porto simply has to be on the cards amid his crisis.