Felipe Anderson has proven to be a ‘true disappointment’ for FC Porto since sealing a season-long loan from West Ham United.
That’s the view of Portuguese newspaper Record, via Sport Witness, who claim that the Brazilian will soon be heading back to the London Stadium.
Anderson’s efforts under Sergio Conceicao have failed to convince the Dragoes leadership to launch a bid to retain the winger beyond his temporary terms.
West Ham are expected to work on cashing-in on Anderson in the off-season, with the 27-year-old entering the final 12-months of his £85,000-per-week contract in June.
Anderson has been an outcast at the Estadio do Dragao ever since his arrival, with Conceicao only fielding the two-cap international on nine occasions across all competitions and starting five of his appearances.
Record note that Anderson was in line for more minutes earlier in the season after a brief improvement to his performances, but the spotlight quickly faded and he was sent back to the wilderness.
Conceicao omitted the Hammers forward from his last four Liga NOS squads prior to the international break, while last fielding Anderson eight games ago.
The former SS Lazio attacker is now set to cause David Moyes a huge problem in the summer transfer market when West Ham look to sell their £36m former club-record signing.
Anderson’s inability to establish himself at Porto has seen his market value plummet, to now boast a TransferMarkt valuation of only £13.5m – a whopping £27m down on where it stood just 15-months ago.
Anderson bragged a career-high valuation of £40.5m in December 2019 after a strong debut season in England, having struck 10 goals and penned five assists in all competitions under Manuel Pellegrini.
The following campaign started promisingly with three assists in his first six Premier League appearances, but things took a downward turn before Moyes’ arrival and failed to pick up with one goal following in a mere eight games as injuries limited Anderson’s action.
By the end of the 2019/20 term, Anderson’s market value had fallen by almost 50% in seven months to sit at £22.5m and it has continued to drop in line with his Porto plight with TransferMarkt’s latest valuation coming in at £13.5m.
West Ham will face a great challenge to recoup as much of the £36m paid to Lazio when they look to sell Anderson in the summer and may rue opting to allow the winger to stay at Porto despite interest from Fiorentina in January.
Reports have already surfaced suggesting that the Irons will set a £17m asking price for the off-season, although it remains to be seen how close to that figure any potential suitor is willing to go.
What is sure is that Anderson’s career has been spiralling in the wrong direction for too long, and his market value is only an indication of how poorly his nightmare has gone.
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