Carlton Cole suggested that West Ham winger Felipe Anderson is not pulling his weight at the moment, when speaking to Sky Sports’ The Debate programme on Tuesday night (February 25th, 22:45), and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to his comments.
The 26-year-old returned from six weeks on the sidelines against Liverpool on Monday night, but he failed to deliver.
The Brazilian seems to lack the confidence to actually run at opposing defenders this season. And his ball retention has been extremely poor.
Anderson has racked up just one goal and five assists in 22 appearances for West Ham so far this season (Transfermarkt).
After arriving for a blockbuster £41.5 million fee from Lazio in the summer of 2018 (BBC), Hammers fans are right to expect more form the South American.
Cole, who made 393 appearances for West Ham, demanded a lot more from Anderson, when speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate on Tuesday night:
“Felipe Anderson for me is a great player but he’s just not pulling his weight about, at the moment. I don’t like to batter my colleagues as footballers, but he should be doing a lot more.”
Cole is spot on here. Anderson has so much talent. But the 26-year-old just hasn’t shown what he is truly capable of on a consistent enough basis.
The Hammers have some huge games between now and the end of the season.
And it’s time for Anderson to step up and give the West Ham fans what they deserve to see.
Some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to Cole’s comments on the 26-year-old winger…
Felipe Anderson looked very uninterested and completely off the boil against Liverpool – summed up by a woeful and lacklustre first half where he was more of a hindrance going forward to the side than an asset. Needs to improve his form quickly before we end up relegated from PL.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) February 26, 2020
Got it bang on there
— tom kennedy (@tomkennedymatt1) February 26, 2020
I see alot of people giving a rating of 7 or 8 for Anderson… I totally agree with cole, he did not look bothered at all and gave the ball away along with noble for easily!
— Mark Le Masurier (@MarkWHUFC88) February 26, 2020
Rich coming from Carlton, he’s right though
— $ (@triggerman069) February 26, 2020
Very true 👏🏻
— Reece Hodges (@DJReeceHodges) February 26, 2020
I honestly have never seen a premier league player give the ball away so much. It’s so frustrating @CarltonCole1
— Tommie Turner (@tte16tt) February 26, 2020
He’s been like that most games
— Boris (@AlfieJohnson7) February 26, 2020
He hasn’t pulled his weight for a long long time … he needs to start doing it and doing it now
— Richard Lewington (@Richardthepro) February 26, 2020
He never looks bothered, and should try harder than he does.
— Heisenberg (@Heisenb57510722) February 26, 2020
Couldn’t agree more should have brought him off after 20 minutes for how many errors he made 🥴🥴🥴⚒⚒⚒
— Tony TheKingpin (@Kingpin285) February 27, 2020
Spot on CC ⚒⚒⚒
— not Geoff Hurst (@stevemed) February 27, 2020