Noel Whelan claims West Ham may need to sell Felipe Anderson this summer despite admitting the winger is a match-winner on his day.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hammers are playing with ten men at times when the 27-year-old is selected due to his inability to defend.
As revealed by Football Insider David Moyes will more than likely have to sell one of his prize assets this summer to generate funds for any incoming transfers.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed significant financial pressure on football clubs and with The Irons keen to keep hold of Declan Rice, Anderson may be sold.
However, the club faces a potential £20million loss on the winger they signed in a £42million deal in the summer of 2018 with transfer fees expected to crash.
When asked by Football Insider if David Moyes would be looking to sell the former Lazio attacker, Whelan said: “Felipe Anderson is a great player.
“On his day he is a game-winner but you have to trust players. You have to be able to trust a player throughout the course of a season. You cannot be carrying flair players.
“They have to do the other side of the games as well – it is required. If you cannot do that you are playing with ten men at times.
“He is alright when he is on the ball but it is whether you can do the work off the ball. It looks to me like David Moyes does not think he can do that.
“We know what he can do on the ball and there is brilliance in that kid but can he track back and defend? If you cannot do it there is a default in a player that needs to be worked on or sold.”
Anderson has two years left on his contract at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Leeds United star was offered to club on more than one occasion.