Felipe Anderson could make a surprise return to David Moyes’ squad this month if West Ham choose to terminate his loan spell at Porto, according to Darren Bent.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the Irons may have to find a way to get the Brazilian winger back to his “unplayable” best if they struggle to find a suitor for him before the end of January.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported the Hammers are considering cutting the 27-year-old’s stay in Portugal short and are looking for other clubs to take him on loan for the second half of the season.
Felipe Anderson could come back to West Ham from Porto loan. He’s not playing and #whufc are now considering to call him back and look for new solutions in the market this January. 🇧🇷 #transfers #porto
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 5, 2021
Anderson arrived in east London for £36million back in the summer of 2018 but faded after a bright start for the Irons.
He was shipped out on loan to Porto last summer but has played just five times across all competitions for the Portuguese giants.
His last appearance came in a Champions League group stage game against Olympiacos in early December, while his last league outing came as a substitute in October.
Bent has suggested that West Ham may have to integrate Anderson back into their squad if there are no takers this month.
“That’s always a concern, when you send a player out on loan and they don’t play, I always think: ‘Hmm,'” Bent told Football Insider.
“The club ultimately always takes a player on loan because ultimately they can’t really afford him but to have a player of his quality in our squad or in our team should help us. The fact that Porto have gone: ‘Nah, we’re better off without him in our team,’ and West Ham are looking to recall him, that’s a real concern.
“We know Felipe Anderson has got a lot of ability. When he first came, he was brilliant and there were times he was unplayable, I remember thinking, wow, who’s this guy West Ham have got? To be fair, he’s gone completely the other way, why, I don’t know.
“He’s gone completely the wrong way and I think that’s something that he needs, himself, to address because if it gets his head down and gets back to West Ham and starts playing well, he reminds people what a good player he is.
“He’s too good of a player to just sit there and not play any football. This is a situation that needs to resolve itself but if he has to come back and be in the West Ham squad, he needs to somehow get back on the pitch, make an impact, work hard in training, and hopefully something will turn for him.
“Either he gets back into David Moyes’ plans or he goes elsewhere, but he has to play – whatever he does, he has to be playing.”