Darren Bent suggested West Ham could be in danger of losing Felipe Anderson as it looks like he may struggle to feature.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Premier League hotshot admitted that if Anderson ends up stuck on the bench then there won’t be a shortage of takers.
Anderson missed the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Southampton due to illness and Bent suggested that his first-team spot wasn’t exactly waiting for him.
Bent explained that loads of other teams would be aware of the Brazilian’s quality so it would be dangerous for Manuel Pellegrini to rightly leave him out.
When asked if Anderson should be sweating over his first-team spot after the team impressed without him, Bent told Football Insider: “I think it’ll be a while before he gets back in.
“But the danger is other teams will know what quality he has got and if he is sitting on West Ham’s bench then there’s going to be no shortage of takers.”
Anderson has regularly featured for the Hammers this season with him playing 17 times across all competitions.
The 26-year-old has failed to score in any of his outings this season but has registered four assists.
The Hammers spent a club-record fee, at the time, on signing Anderson from Lazio in 2018 with them agreeing on a deal that could eventually be worth £41.5million.
The winger signed a long-term deal upon joining the London club, so his contract isn’t due to expire until 2022.
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