An update has emerged on West Ham midfielder Felipe Anderson, regarding what he wants to do this summer.
According to Corriere dello Sport (Print edition, July 3rd, page 27), as transcribed by Hammers News, West Ham winger Felipe Anderson is hoping to seal a return to Lazio this summer after falling out of favour under David Moyes.
The report claims that the Brazilian is interested in completing a transfer to the Serie A side within the next week, in time to take part in a full pre-season for the Italian giants to give him the best chance of hitting the ground running.
Moyes must ruthlessly axe Anderson from the club this summer by allowing him to leave to join Lazio, or any other interested club if that move is unable to happen.
The ex-Everton boss made it clear that the attacker was not part of his plans last season by sending him out on loan to Porto and he failed to make an impression in Liga NOS.
Anderson failed to produce a single goal or assist in nine appearances for Porto and was only handed one start in the league. This shows that he does not deserve a chance to redeem himself at West Ham and that the time is right for him to depart from the London Stadium, as he has gone two seasons in a row without proving his quality on a consistent basis.
In the 2019/20 campaign, Anderson managed one goal and four assists in 25 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.
Former West Ham player Frank McAvennie criticised Anderson earlier this year and labelled him as a “luxury” player, bemoaning his lack of work off the ball to fight for his side.
He told Football FanCast:
“He’s got to go. Let the boy go. They bought him in and he’s a luxury player. I’ve never seen him go into a tackle, never mind win one. Talent in abundance, but he’s gone to Porto on loan, but has done the same there – just strolled about. He can’t come back to West Ham; they’ll want him off the wage bill.”
This is why the £85k-per-week dud needs to be axed from the club. West Ham cannot afford to carry players through matches and Moyes already has the likes of Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma who can all play out wide.
Therefore, selling Anderson would not be a blow to the club and any funds recouped by his sale could be used to fund additional signings to bolster Moyes’ squad, which is another reason why this could be a shrewd move.
It’s time to be ruthless, Anderson has to be sold.