Felipe Anderson was on the substitutes bench for West Ham against Dundee yesterday.

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With the Brazilian closing in on a move to Lazio, however, it was a truly baffling decision from the Hammers management staff.

It’s now just a matter of time before the 28-year-old leaves the London Stadium to link up with his former club (Sky Sports).

ExWHUemployee claimed that Lazio are set to pay around £2.3 million for the Brazilian.

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Felipe Anderson in action last season during his disappointing loan spell with Porto (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

So considering the fact that Anderson’s Lazio return is imminent, what was the point of including him in the squad for West Ham’s friendly with Dundee yesterday afternoon?

The winger was the only outfield player not to be given any minutes by David Moyes at Dens Park.


Felipe Anderson decision baffling

Surely there was a youth player who would have benefitted from a few minutes against Dundee.

If Anderson is truly all but a Lazio player again, he shouldn’t be anywhere near the squad. Perhaps that comes across as a little harsh.

Felipe Anderson’s West Ham United days seem to be numbered (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

There is no room for sentiment at the very highest level, however.

Including Anderson in the match-day squad yesterday was baffling. Assuming that he would have had to warm up with the other players and risked potential injury, it could have been a costly decision from Moyes.

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Fortunately, the South American didn’t play, nor did he suffer any kind of injury during the warm-up. And hopefully now it will only be a matter of time before we get his enormous salary off the wage-bill.

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