Maurizio Sarri absolutely raved about Lazio winger Felipe Anderson when speaking during his press conference the other day.
West Ham sold the 28-year-old to the Italian giants for around £4 million in the summer according to Tutto Mercato Web.
At the time, the majority of Hammers fans were delighted to see the back of the underperforming Brazilian.
Anderson has made a great start to life back at Lazio, however.
The fleet-footed winger has bagged two goals and two assists in just six Serie A games for the Italian side so far this season.
He put in a match winning display against Roma in the Rome derby on Sunday, scoring a goal and chalking up an assist for his side during their 3-2 win.
And his display earned rave reviews from the Lazio manager
Maurizio Sarri praises Felipe Anderson
The former Chelsea boss couldn’t speak highly enough of the former West Ham man after his exploits for Lazio against Roma, as quoted by World Today News:
“Felipe Anderson does not always follow the action. But I can tell you one thing: I have coached many strong players, but I have rarely coached a potentially strong one like Felipe. He has extraordinary talents, he brought them out in a small part. He must have a growth in conviction and nastiness, because otherwise he is a waste of talent. At full potential he’d be world-class.”
Comments like that from a manager like Sarri really do make you wonder whether selling Anderson was the right decision.
What’s done is done. It still hurts seeing him rip it up back with Lazio though.
The one thing we must always remember, however, is the fact that the Premier League is a completely different kettle of fish to Serie A.
And had Anderson stayed at the London Stadium, he may well still be struggling just like he did for the last 18 months.