West Ham have no fixture this weekend as the second international break of the season gets underway.
The Hammers go into the pause on the back of a disappointing defeat against Brighton; although that blow will be softened by the fact it was the club’s first defeat in five games.
In the meantime, some of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad are away on international duty; but one man who has not been called up by his country is Felipe Anderson.
The club record signing has been impressive in recent weeks but Brazil have elected not to select him for their upcoming fixtures. We’ve looked at why, and whether it’s the right call. Read on and see if you agree…
Why hasn’t he been selected?
There are a number of reasons. First, let’s turn to BBC South American football expert Tim Vickery, who gave his opinion when asked on Twitter why Anderson didn’t make the cut.
failed at Under-20 level, has been inconsistent and there's lots of competition. But keep it up and he's in the mix
— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) October 9, 2018
It appears that what happens in youth football has a bearing on a player’s senior prospects; that’s a bit of a contrast to England.
Perhaps that is the natural consequence of having so many top players to choose from; as well as an outstanding pedigree at age group level.
For an elite nation like Brazil, it takes more than a few impressive weeks in English football to impress the manager.
Was it the right call?
As good as Anderson has been, greater consistency is needed in order for him to force his way into a squad that already boasts the likes of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.
It also gives himself something to aim for; that can only be good for the club.