'On your way' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts after big name heads out of West Ham
Michael Brown believes Felipe Anderson should have been given more time at West Ham before being shipped out on loan to Porto.
The former Tottenham and Sheffield United midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that a prolonged run in the side would have helped the Brazilian showcase his best form.
The Irons confirmed on Tuesday that the 27-year-old had joined the Portuguese giants on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign.
We can confirm that Felipe Anderson has joined Portuguese side FC Porto on a season-long loan.
The Club wishes Felipe all the best for his loan spell.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 6, 2020
The attacking midfielder’s exit came despite him being involved in every single one of the Hammers’ matchday squads this season.
Brown believes that Anderson has shown his quality in flashes and suggests the Irons may have made a blunder in letting him leave.
Asked if West Ham had made the right decision letting Anderson leave, Brown told Football Insider: “I don’t know, I think a bit more time would have helped.
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“You would have hoped he could have got a run in the team but that happens, it’s just football, you go on your way, it doesn’t always work out.
“We might see an improved season from him somewhere else because the ability is there.”
Anderson, who joined West Ham from Lazio back in 2018, made a bright start to life in the Premier League with nine goals and four assists in his first top-flight season.
However, he managed to score just once last term and played just three times in the club’s final nine games of the campaign.
In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has suggested the real reason for Anderson’s temporary departure.