In glimpses, Felipe Anderson has shown why West Ham decided to spend a club-record £36m on him this summer.

Anderson clearly possesses a lot of skill and has the ability to change a game on his own.

But West Ham need to see more consistency from their wing wizard if they are to push on and compete for a top-half finish this season.

Frustrating Felipe Anderson

Since arriving at West Ham, Anderson has produced both exceptional and forgettable performances.

The ex-Lazio man has the skill to beat defenders but his confidence has looked shot on a few occasions this year.

His display against Manchester United was one to remember and he netted his first goal in claret and blue with a clever, improvised back-heel flick.

But in other games, such as the losses against Brighton and Tottenham, he received criticism from West Ham fans for being ineffectual.

Considering the clear talent he possesses, it is extremely frustrating when he has a poor game.


Recent improvement

Felipe Anderson has scored three goals in his last two matches for West Ham. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Since he was widely berated by fans for his poor display against Tottenham in the cup, where he was hauled off at half-time, Anderson has improved.

The 25-year-old scored twice in West Ham’s 4-2 win over Burnley and could have had a hat-trick on another day, but for the bar and a goal-line clearance from Ben Mee.

Then, he followed that up with the equaliser in West Ham’s draw with Huddersfield Town this weekend.

The Brazilian winger is adding end product to his game but West Ham need to see him at his best for longer spells in each game.

Consistency is key

In the absence of Manuel Lanzini, Anderson is the main man in West Ham’s midfield.

Alongside star striker Marko Arnautovic, these two maverick talents have the ability to propel West Ham into the top-half.

But consistency is the only thing holding Anderson back right now. If he can produce the goods every week, then West Ham will benefit.

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