Felipe Anderson was subbed off yet again as West Ham drew with Sheffield United.
Manuel Pellegrini hooked Anderson on 66 minutes, replacing him with out-of-form Manuel Lanzini. Three minutes later, Lys Mousset equalised for the visitors as the game ended 1-1.
Anderson was not at his best on the day but he does have the ability to create something. West Ham fans questioned Pellegrini’s decision to take the skilful Brazilian off.
Pellegrini’s strange decisions
Pellegrini made some intriguing selection decisions on Saturday. In-form players like Ryan Fredericks and Angelo Ogbonna were dropped for Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Balbuena.
Flair players like Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals were dropped for more reliable options such as Andriy Yarmolenko and Robert Snodgrass. Then, Pellegrini’s subs were also questionable.
He took Anderson off when Sheffield United were clearly worried about his threat. Lanzini did little to worry the Blades defence after coming on. Late in the game, Snodgrass – who was the best player on the day – was taken off for Albian Ajeti.
Here are some West Ham fans on Twitter talking about Pellegrini subbing Anderson off.
Pellegrini subbing Anderson killed the game for me.
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) October 26, 2019
He didn’t have his best game by a long stretch, but he has enough quality for them to keep a man or 2 on him at all time, moment he went off we had no chance, he also drops back and defends as wing back at time, cross came from where he would have been on that side
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) October 26, 2019
Gave them a way back into the game, before he came off Anderson was terrorising their defence
— Craig Podevin (@CraigPodevin) October 26, 2019
He’s been poor by his standards but still our biggest threat
— Casey J (@CaseyJones1985) October 26, 2019
You dont ever take your best player off. Yarmalenko was clearly knackered. He should have gone off.
— yook hunt (@YookHunt) October 26, 2019
Agreed. Anderson was at least getting on the ball. Lanzini did nothing. Again.
— Mansfield Hammer (@MansfieldHammer) October 26, 2019