Paul Robinson ripped into West Ham playmaker Felipe Anderson for letting his standards drop this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham and England goalkeeper shared that he thought Manuel Lanzini suffering an injury was a boost to Anderson as it means he is less likely to get dropped.
Anderson has played 13 times across all competitions for the Hammers this season and has contributed four assists in the process.
Robinson revealed that he thought Anderson was struggling for form in 2019 and slammed him for being nowhere near reaching the same levels he was performing at last season.
When asked about Lanzini’s injury limiting Pellegrini’s replacement options for Anderson, Robinson told Football Insider: “I think it’s a boost for Anderson as he has struggled for his form this year.
“I think at the end of the last season, he set himself a bar as his performances were outstanding, I don’t think he’s nowhere near reaching the same levels he did last year and this gives him the opportunity to have a run of games in the team.”
Anderson impressed in his debut campaign for the Hammers last season after joining from Italian side Lazio as he scored 10 goals and contributed five assists across the 40 appearances he made.
The 26-year-old has consistently made Pellegrini’s teamsheets this season as he has started the club’s last 10 league matches.