It has been a strange week for West Ham United star Felipe Anderson.
The Brazilian was brilliant in his first season at West Ham.
But this term he has divided opinion among Hammers supporters.
Some feel he being harshly judged and made a scapegoat for West Ham’s struggles.
Some feel he has been lazy and is simply not producing the kind of performances befitting a £40million player earning £80,000 per week (WT Foot).
Linked away Anderson dividing opinion at West Ham
Others believe it is just a case of the infamous second season syndrome.
Statistics show Anderson works just as effectively as grafter Robert Snodgrass defensively.
And now Anderson has made it into the Premier League team of the season based on his attacking flair. That is some achievement given West Ham’s struggles against relegation.
Sky Sports have named an alternative team of the season made up of the best dribblers in the top flight based on statistics.
Brazilian Hammer makes team of the season
“As with each of these Alternative XIs, a 4-3-3 formation will be used and players included must have played at least 50 per cent of the season so far,” Sky Sports states.
Stats show Anderson has the fourth highest dribble success rate in the Premier League.
The West Ham star pulls off just under four successful dribbles per 90 minutes. Unsurprisingly Wolves speed demon Adama Traore tops the list with over six.
Wilfried Zaha is second with 4.8 and West Ham target Emiliano Buendia is third with 4.1.
West Ham must reassess how they use Anderson
West Ham’s Anderson, Buendia and Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic make up the midfield three in Sky’s alternative Premier League team of the season behind a front three of Traore, Zaha and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe.
If the stats prove nothing else, it is that Anderson offers a lot more than some have suggested this season.
The key question is whether he is being used correctly.
Some feel Anderson is best suited to the second striker role where West Ham can exploit his pace, eye for a pass and shooting skills. There he only has to beat one or two players with his high-quality dribbling and he is through on goal.