West Ham United record signing Felipe Anderson has enjoyed an excellent debut season.
The Premier League is often seen as the litmus test for players to truly prove themselves at the highest level.
It has also been something of a graveyard for foreign players who failed to make the grade.
‘But can he do it on a cold Tuesday night at Stoke?’
South American players are particularly under the microscope on moving to England.
So the jury was out when West Ham shelled out over £40 million on Brazilian winger Anderson.
But he has not let the club down.
Anderson’s superb debut season
Nine goals and nearly as many assists has seen him light up the Premier League.
His skill, pace, poise and ability have made him not only a Hammers fans’ favourite but a genuine Premier League star.
The 26-year-old’s form saw him earn a recall to the Brazil squad seven years after his solitary appearance.
One thing that has dogged him all season long, though, is a myth being perpetuated by some pundits and fans.
The criticism levelled at the former Lazio man is that is does not track back.
It is a lazy accusation that jars with most Hammers fans. Even if many of their fellow supporters are often guilty of keeping the myth alive.
Anderson was superb again as West Ham thrashed Watford 4-1 in the final game of the season.
Lazy myth busted
But perhaps the best moment of the game came at 2-1 and with Watford threatening an equaliser.
Anderson put the myth to bed once and for all as he sprinted fully 60 yards back to make a last ditch clearance in the six-yard box and prevent a certain goal.
The video was posted on Twitter by Hammers account West Ham Gossip saying: “My winger tracking back and denying an equaliser,” applauding Anderson and copying him in on the post.
And he met with the winger’s approval as he liked and retweeted the video, which you can enjoy below.
— West Ham Gossip (@westham_gossip) May 13, 2019