West Ham made a really big mistake with Felipe Anderson last year with the way in which they handled his form and subsequent loan exit.
The 28-year-old winger left the London Stadium to link up with Lazio for around £4 million according to Tutto Mercato Web.
We can debate whether that was the right decision or not until the cows come home.
One thing that cannot be denied, however, is the fact that loaning Anderson to Porto on this very date last year was an absolutely horrendous decision.
The Brazilian really struggled during his time with the Portuguese giants and his value consequently fell through the floor. His valuation also dropped when he returned to the London Stadium due to the fact that he had just one year remaining on his contract.
West Ham made big Felipe Anderson mistake
Porto boss Sérgio Conceição openly admitted that he didn’t even want Anderson at Porto.
The 28-year-old winger barely played for Porto, making just 10 appearances and clocking up only 389 minutes in total.
Anderson returned to West Ham a broken man. He looks like a completely different animal now having returned to his previous club Lazio, however.
The 28-year-old has bagged two goals and two assists in seven Serie A games so far this season.
Look at this video posted by the Europa League’s official Twitter account. Where was this Anderson for us over the past two years???
So the question has to be asked, why on earth did we not send him on loan to Lazio last year?
Sending him to Porto was such a strange decision, especially considering the fact that the Portuguese side’s manager didn’t even want him.
He clearly feels very at home at Lazio and had he joined them on loan last year, he may well have enjoyed a much better season. His value and confidence would have sky rocketed and he would have either returned to West Ham more like his old self or been sold on to Lazio for a far greater transfer fee than he was in the end.
David Moyes has made some absolutely brilliant transfer decisions over the past 22 months.
Sending Anderson on loan to Porto rather than Lazio, however, has to go down as a huge mistake, albeit a rare one from the Scot.