West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini expects the club’s attacker Felipe Anderson to move up a gear next year with his levels of performance.
The Hammers manager has explained that he’s been pleased by the impact of the 26-year-old during his debut season in English football.
He moved to the London Stadium for £36million (BBC Sport) last summer and become a popular player with supporters.
Anderson has made 39 appearances across all competition this term for West Ham, scoring 10 goals and supplying five assists in return.
The Brazilian is a left-winger with great pace and trickery, but has struggled at times this season with inconsistency amid some brilliant moments.
Pellegrini is pleased with Anderson’s first year in the Premier League and is confident he can step up to another level next season.
“I think Felipe has been a very good signing for our club,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“He is a young player that makes a difference in games. He had a good season but I think he will improve a lot after one year in the Premier League.
“I’m sure next season we will see another Felipe Anderson; he did it well this season, but he will do it better next season.”
Anderson has shown real flashes of his individual quality in a West Ham shirt and he’s made the wide role his own.
The £85,000-a-week (Spotrac) winger has a lot of pressure on him as a big money signing for the Hammers and appears to have just about done enough in a first year.
West Ham are on course for a mediocre 11th-placed finish in the league and they are going to need their elite players to step up next season.
They have to be targeting competing for the European spots and South American dazzler Anderson has the potential to drive them towards that.