Exclusive: Bent disagrees with Pellegrini decision on West Ham star who must 'frustrate fans'
Darren Bent disagreed with West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play Felipe Anderson as a No.10 against Chelsea.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham attacker stated that he prefers seeing Anderson play as a winger.
Anderson played 71 minutes of the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Chelsea as a No.10 on Saturday before being subbed and replaced by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Bent revealed he disagreed with Pellegrini’s decision as it’s easier for Anderson to excel on the wing, but did admit the Brazilian submitted one of his better performances of this season against the Blues.
When asked whether Pellegrini to play Anderson as No.10 against Chelsea saw him deliver a better performance, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah he did, but I like him playing on the wing.
“He can use his pace and skills to isolate a full-back when on the wing, whereas it’s more congested in the middle of the pitch so it’s hard to make an impact.
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“Yet he did show glimpses against Chelsea, so you have to hope he can build on that.
“Anderson must be someone who frustrates fans more than most as they must be watching him thinking ‘we know what you’re capable of’ but he just hasn’t hit the same heights yet this season.”
The 26-year-old has played 15 times across all competitions this season and has registered three assists in the process.
Anderson has been at the London Stadium since joining from Lazio in 2019 and has so far racked up 10 goals and nine assists in the 55 appearances he has made.
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