Date: 14th August 2019 at 7:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has torn into West Ham winger Felipe Anderson for his wildly inconsistent performances last season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker says that the Brazilian wide man has taken his breath away at times but that his top-class performances are too few and far between.

Anderson, 26, was a big-money signing from Lazio last summer and went on to score 10 goals, nine in the Premier League, in his 40 appearances for the Irons.

However, Bent has blasted the South American star for not performing at his very best on a regular basis, insisting he could offer so much more to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Bent told Football Insider: “That guy has got all the ability; the speed, the power, everything. He just doesn’t do it on a consistent basis.

“He showed times last season where he was absolutely destroying teams, running past them like they weren’t there. I remember thinking: ‘Wow, what a signing this is’.

“There’s been too many times where he’s flattered to deceive. He’s got all the attributes in the world to go on and do really well.” 

Anderson’s 2019/20 campaign started in the worst possible fashion, injury forcing him off to be replaced by Javier Hernandez in the club’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

However, he has since confirmed it was a minor issue and that he is looking to feature in the Irons’ clash against Brighton, the Seagulls soaring high after thrashing Watford 3-0 in their opening game.

In other West Ham news, Bent has told Football Insider he questions whether one 26-year-old at the London Stadium is good enough for the Premier League.