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What does West Ham winger Felipe Anderson have to do to get dropped?

West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United yesterday.

And Felipe Anderson was very poor, once again.

The Brazilian has been so far off the pace over the past month or so. He seems like he is lacking confidence.

The 26-year-old hasn’t been using his most lethal asset – pace, instead choosing to turn back towards his defenders at every opportunity.

In spite of all of this, Manuel Pellegrini keeps choosing to start Anderson week in, week out.

Felipe Anderson (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

So the question is, what does the West Ham winger have to do to be dropped?

In some ways, Anderson is lucky that Michail Antonio is currently out injured. If the Englishman was fully fit, the South American would have surely been dropped down to the bench.

Robert Snodgrass played yesterday in place of Manuel Lanzini, and the Scot really impressed.

The Hammers welcome Newcastle United to the London Stadium next weekend, and Pellegrini needs to make a big call by dropping the former Lazio ace.

Felipe Anderson (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Lanzini could come back into the fold, and play out wide left, and Snodgrass could play on the right.

A break from first-team action might actually do Anderson the world of good.

The Brazilian, who earns £85,000 per week according to Spotrac, might be more motivated to produce his best form if he is shunned from the starting XI for the Newcastle game.

It would also take him out of the firing line.

Now is the time for Pellegrini to act, for the good of West Ham, and Anderson himself.


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