Exclusive: Darren Bent rips into West Ham 26yo he names Irons' biggest disappointment
Darren Bent has ripped into West Ham attacker Felipe Anderson as he dubs the Brazilian as the biggest disappointment at the London Stadium this season.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that there have been some underperforming stars in east London so far but that the South American maestro has not delivered anywhere near his full potential.
The 26-year-old has just three assists to his name in his 11 Premier League appearances, the last of which came against Bournemouth back in September.
Having seen the versatile winger struggle to have any impact in the final third, Bent says that he has regressed massively from the player we saw dazzling the West Ham faithful last season.
Asked who had been the biggest disappointment for the Irons this season, Bent told Football Insider: “I was looking at Felipe Anderson and thought he could be one, I thought Lanzini, how’s he not starting and I thought Andriy Yarmolenko, though I think at times he’s done well.
“I think Felipe Anderson – he’s shown signs before that he can tear people apart and he’s doing the complete. Honestly, I don’t get it, he’s got everything; he’s quick, strong, can dribble, can shoot but for whatever reason…
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“Look, I get it, when things aren’t going well for you it’s a hard place to play, West Ham, fans are on your back, it’s difficult. He’s been there long enough, you need to learn to deal with that.”
Anderson, who joined the Hammers from Italian outfit Lazio in the summer of 2018, has played 53 times for the club since signing in east London, scoring 10 goals and contributing nine assists.
The Irons’ first game back after the international break sees them take on a Tottenham side with new manager Jose Mourinho at the helm.