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West Ham made blunder on Felipe Anderson



West Ham United have had a stable summer time switch window underneath David Moyes, with skills comparable to Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd and Flynn Downes all arriving on the membership, and they need to make the squad stronger.

They intention to construct upon a profitable 2021/22 season, and though David Moyes has endured a poor begin, the Hammers may click on into gear as soon as the brand new signings start to gel.

The 59-year-old has stabilised the membership and his record within the switch market isn’t any fluke, though it wasn’t all the time like this for West Ham, with the east London aspect having to undergo some market howlers by the years.

One of many largest blunders got here underneath Manuel Pellegrini when the Irons signed Felipe Anderson for a then club-record fee of £36m from Serie A aspect Lazio in 2018. The Brazilian was described as a “real coup” by Ryan Baldi upon his arrival in London, however issues simply didn’t work out for the participant.

The precise winger scored simply 12 targets in 73 appearances for the Hammers throughout his two-and-a-half-year spell on the membership, and what as soon as regarded like a promising expertise able to tackle the Premier League left together with his tail between his legs.

Nine league targets and four assists in his first full season wasn’t a foul return, however Anderson couldn’t preserve the consistency which might have certainly endeared him to the West Ham trustworthy had he improved.

He solely scored three more times in a Hammers shirt, which means that every of his targets value the membership £3m in what was a colossal waste of cash. Ben Foster claimed that Anderson may “not cut it” within the Premier League, and judging by the stats and the file payment paid for him, the ex-Watford goalkeeper’s level is justified.

The Brazilian had a mortgage spell at Porto within the second half of the 2020/21 season earlier than rejoining Lazio for a payment of £4m. This meant that the Irons had misplaced a staggering £32m on the participant, who regarded like he may thrive in England following his transfer from Italy.

Was Anderson a poor West Ham signing?

Pellegrini was sacked by West Ham in December 2019 with the membership one place above the relegation zone, 18 months after signing Anderson.

Poor outcomes clearly didn’t assist the Chilean’s trigger, however forking out giant charges on gamers such because the Brazilian with out receiving a lot in return was additionally a giant contributing issue within the ex-Man Metropolis supervisor’s demise on the London Stadium.