Frank McAvennie has raved about Felipe Anderson after the West Ham attacker starred in the win over Charlton Athletic last night.
The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 27-year-old’s performance “showed what a wonderful player he is” but repeated his concerns over the player’s defensive capabilities.
Anderson scored late on to secure a 3-0 victory over Charlton in the Carabao Cup as David Moyes rung the changes from Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Newcastle United.
It was only the Brazilian’s second competitive start since February having fallen down the pecking order at the London Stadium due to injury and the arrivals of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek in January.
This site revealed earlier this month that Arsenal were plotting a shock move for the former Lazio man with Mikel Arteta a big admirer of the winger.
When asked any Football Insider if there was a way back for Anderson at West Ham on reflection of last night’s display, McAvennie said: “I do not know how Anderson feels.
“If I was him I would be thinking, ‘What is happening here?’
“Last night it was like he was playing on the park – flicking it and back-heeling it to Snodgrass. Where has that been when we need it?
“Every team needs a player like that but he still needs to do his job and tackle. A real talent but he backs off whenever someone gets physical with him. He has played in Italy, which is a tough league, so I cannot believe it.
“Maybe he thinks this team is not worth it, I do not work. He doesn’t tackle but he is a great player. Last night he showed what a wonderful player he is.”
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