West Ham winger Felipe Anderson has been nowhere near his best this season. The Brazilian was superb last term, but he really does need to raise his levels this time around.

The 26-year-old seems hesitant to run at defenders this season, instead opting to turn back towards his defenders. This limits the Hammers’ ability to play counter-attacking football.

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And West Ham really need Anderson back to his best as soon as possible, if they are to challenge for a top six finish this season.

Darren Bent called out the South American for his recent displays, suggesting that the West Ham winger is really frustrating at times.

He told Football Insider:

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“He is one who frustrates me as I’m a big fan of his. I’ve seen him before rip teams to shreds on his own. But yesterday…he has too many of these indifferent games, I wouldn’t even say indifferent he just isn’t doing anything, yeah you kind of forget he’s there. He is one of their most influential players as he has that burst of speed which means he can destroy sides, and sometimes it’s just too far between as he’ll play really well then go missing for several games.”

 

And Bent is spot on.

The reason why Anderson can be so frustrating at times is because it is clear to see just how talented he is. The Hammers ace is good enough to have an influence on the game every time he plays.

And he quite simply has not made an impact in key games for West Ham this season.

Anderson needs to step up, and quick. He could, and should, be doing a lot better. Now’s the time for the Brazilian to show his true colours.

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