'Forget he's there' - Exclusive: Bent rips into frustrating West Ham player he is 'big fan' of
Darren Bent slammed West Ham attacker Felipe Anderson following his performance in the 2-0 loss to Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Sunderland forward revealed he is a big fan of the Hammers winger but that Anderson did frustrate him at times.
Anderson played the opening 45 minutes of the Hammers’ loss to the Toffees with Manuel Pellegrini opting to bring him off and replace him with the in-form Andriy Yarmolenko instead.
When focusing on Anderson’s latest display, Bent explained that the 26-year-old didn’t just have indifferent games but that he had matches where you kind of forgot he was playing.
When asked about Anderson’s struggles against Everton, Bent told Football Insider: “He is one who frustrates me as I’m a big fan of his.
“I’ve seen him before rip teams to shreds on his own and I remember looking at that team, thinking Haller upfront, Anderson, Lanzini, these guys are good for West Ham.
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“But yesterday…he has too many of these indifferent games, I wouldn’t even say indifferent he just isn’t doing anything, yeah you kind of forget he’s there.
“He is one of their most influential players as he has that burst of speed which means he can destroy sides, and sometimes it’s just too far between as he’ll play really well then go missing for several games.”
Anderson has registered three assists in his first eight league outings of the season but is yet to hit the back of the net himself.
The Brazilian winger impressed in his debut campaign at the London Stadium last season as he scored 10 goals while registering five assists across the 40 appearances he made in all competitions.