Felipe Anderson Fast Becoming West Ham United’s New Paolo Di Canio

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West Ham United impressively put Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to the sword as The Hammers claimed their first home victory of the Premier League season.

One player that had a big say in West Ham’s win and who is also fast becoming a fan favourite is Brazilian attacker Felipe Anderson.

The summer signing was always on hand to relieve any pressure the Hammers defence was under by taking  the ball on the left wing and moving it forward with quick and efficient dribbling. The twenty five year old would also try and create with plenty of chances for teammates, Felipe made thirty-nine passes and thirty-one of those were successful.

Anderson gave his side the lead in the fifth minute. The Brazilian internationalist deftly flicked home a Pablo Zabaleta cross with his heel. He then put in a dangerous corner just before half-time, it created a chance for Andriy Yarmolenko whose shot deflected in off Victor Lindelof.

Anytime Felipe gets on the ball and glides beyond opponents with great close ball control and nice skills, The Hammers crowd get excited and are on the edge of their seat. He has the creativity that can make him the club’s new maestro like Paolo Di Canio and Dimitri Payet were for the side previously.

Now Anderson needs to do it on a regular basis, just like Paolo and Payet did. The former Lazio man certainly has the skill-set to become a hero at the London Stadium, he’s just settling into Premier League life and should only get better and as his influence grows West Ham’s results are getting better too.

In his first seven games, Felipe Anderson has scored one and created one direct assist. He’s also got a 76.8% passing success rate. Impressively the forward is working hard for his team doing some of the dirty stuff, averaging around 3.6 tackles per game and he made seven tackles in the Man United clash.

The Brazilian star is also working well with Marko Arnautovic and fellow new boy Yarmalenko. When the three forwards are on form then they can cause opponents no end of troubles as Everton, Chelsea and Man Utd will testify to.

It was quite apparent that Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini really wanted to bring in Felipe as he could be a game changer, the Chilean even stated he wanted to bring the Brazilian to former side Manchester City:

“I’ve followed Felipe when he was at Lazio and I wanted to bring him to Manchester City,”

It will be interesting to see if Felipe Anderson can continue to improve for West Ham and if he can really become that creative influence that can take the Hammers into the top half and possibly to a trophy!

I personally think he can.

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