WHZ View: Felipe Anderson struggles to make impact at Porto since West Ham loan exit
It would be fair to say that Felipe Anderson struggled at West Ham last season.
The 27-year-old Brazilian, who cost the Irons what was then a club-record £35million when he signed from Lazio in 2018, was arguably one of the most disappointing players of the 2019/20 campaign as the Hammers battled against relegation.
Before Moyes’ arrival as manager in late December, Anderson had started 16 out of West Ham’s 20 Premier League matches.
After Moyes was re-hired to replace Manuel Pellegrini, the attacker started just four of the remaining 18 matches.
Although Anderson had injury issues to contend with, even when he was fit he failed to grab the attention of Moyes, who opted to ship the Brazilian out on loan in the last transfer window despite a couple of impressive performances in the Carabao Cup.
Anderson found himself joining Porto on a season-long last month but how has the one-time Brazil international fared since his move to Portugal?
In a nutshell, it’s been a bit of a non-starter for the 27-year-old.
Out of Porto’s three Champions League matches, Anderson has been an unused substitute twice and was totally left out of the 3-0 win over Marseille on November 3.
In the league, it’s been a similar story with Anderson failing to start a single match for Porto, coming off the bench twice and being left out of Sergio Conceicao’s squad against Portimonense in the last match before the current international break.
Conceicao has already vented frustration over Anderson.
Late last month, he told Esporte Interativo (as quoted by Noticias ao Minuto): “Felipe has this notion, that in order to return to having brilliant moments as he had, it is necessary to work hard.
“Anything he does now can have beautiful consequences in the future, and everything that happened no longer matters, he stays at home in the museum. The important thing is what you will do at FC Porto.”
Em exclusiva para o nosso @ArthurQuezada, Sergio Conceição, técnico do Porto, falou sobre Evanílson e Felipe Anderson. Ele também comentou sobre os jogadores que atuam em Portugal terem menos chances na #SeleçãoBrasileira. Concorda?
Porto x Olympiacos é AMANHÃ, 17h, no @EIPlus! pic.twitter.com/dgeGppR9M3
— TNT Sports Brasil (@TNTSportsBR) October 27, 2020
Conceicao clearly wants to see Anderson apply himself a lot more than he has been.
And based on his appearances off the bench against Sporting CP and Pacos de Ferreira, you can understand why the Porto manager is less than pleased.
Stats by WyScout show that in 58 minutes’ worth of football across both games, Anderson has made just two successful passes into the final third, failed to complete any passes into the box, failed to have any shots, completed just one dribble and had no touches inside the penalty area.
There are zeroes almost completely across the board for the Brazilian.
Anderson’s career seems to be at a cross road.
He’s clearly a talented player because we have seen time and time again at the London Stadium how he’s able to turn it on and absolutely dazzle opposition players.
Unfortunately, those moments were in short supply last season and you would have thought that a move to Porto, where he’s played with a superb team in a weak league, would have helped him provide those moments more often.
So far, that hasn’t happened and Anderson’s approach to play in Portugal sounds as though it’s been totally wrong.
If he wants to ensure he plays for either a Premier League or a top European club outside of England next season then he needs to up his game massively in the coming weeks and months.
In other West Ham news, Sander Berge could be out for Sheffield United when they play the Irons next week.