Felipe Anderson has provided that extra source of quality to propel West Ham United to new heights, as he continued his scintillating spell of form with an exceptional long-range strike in their latest victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
West Ham United acquired former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at the beginning of the 2018/19 season and made a statement of intent by investing heavily in the summer transfer market.
Pellegrini spent approximately £93 million, according to Transfer Markt, signing a total of nine players. 37% of their summer transfer budget was spent on luring Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson from Italian outfit Lazio and he’s currently proving that his transfer fee was money well spent.
The Hammers experienced a depressing beginning to the 2018/19 season by losing their opening four fixtures against Liverpool, AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.
However, Pellegrini has guided them from rock bottom into the top half over the past three months. They’ve lost just three of their previous eleven league fixtures and have recorded three consecutive victories in the Premier League for the first time since December 2016.
Victory against London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage will equal their longest domestic winning streak since February 2014. An influential figure in their recent revival has been the attacking talent of Felipe Anderson.
He scored just once in his opening ten league appearances but has reached peak form heading into the festive period. His brace against Burnley in the opening fixture of November has been followed by a further three goals in his last five matches.
They have the opportunity to enhance their chances of attaining a top half finish at the end of the season with a favourable set of fixtures over Christmas. West Ham visit relegation candidates Fulham, Southampton and Burnley in December and also host Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion in the next five league matches.
Victory is never guaranteed in the turbulent world of the Premier League, but it’s important that they’re heading into these next set of fixtures in buoyant mood. Others have also shown their form over the past three months, but that added quality provided by Felipe Anderson gives them the chance to potentially push for European qualification.
The Career Path of Felipe Anderson
Expectations were high when he arrived from Lazio. The 25-year-old was directly involved in 76 goals in all competitions for the Italian club, scoring 34 goals and recording 42 assists.
He emerged from the youth academy at Santos, which is notorious for producing the likes of Pele, Neymar, Coutinho and Robinho. Although his career is incomparable with the players aforementioned, their adventurous, skilful and creative qualities have clearly rubbed off on him.
Leaving South America for the more prosperous continent of Europe has become an ever-growing trend in modern football. Anderson’s career path was no different and he established himself with five solid years in Italy.
His final season in the Italian Serie A earned him his desired move to the Premier League. He notched up eight goals in 32 appearances and was undisputedly one of the most dangerous wingers in the division.
Early Life at West Ham