Kevin Phillips suspects Felipe Anderson has an attitude problem after the winger sealed a deadline-day exit from West Ham.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 27-year-old’s high wages are not the only reason behind his departure.
The Irons confirmed the departure of Felipe Anderson on Monday, the winger joining Porto on a season-long loan deal.
Football Insider understands that the Brazilian could have joined the Portuguese giants on a permanent basis but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee.
According to Sportrac, Anderson was the third top earner at the London Stadium on £85,000-a-week.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the winger’s departure, Phillips said:
“When you sit there and wreck your brains you think, ‘Why has he gone?’
“I understand that they might want to get him off the wage bill and free up some money to bring some other people in. But listen, there must be something else to it. It can’t just be money.
“With Anderson there may be an attitude problem. That is the only thing I can put it down to really because on the pitch he is a fantastic player.”
Anderson played just one minute in the Premier League prior to the move but did impress in the Irons’ EFL Cup campaign.
The £34million signing from Lazio is contracted at the London club until July 2022.
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