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Felipe Anderson form analysed since joining West Ham
Last Updated: 22/02/19 6:41pm
West Ham winger Felipe Anderson has been one of the standout stars in the Premier League this season - but in what areas does the Brazilian excel?
The Hammers occupy 10th spot in the league table and £42m summer signing Anderson has played a pivotal role in that success under Manuel Pellegrini.
The former Lazio winger had a slow start at the London Stadium but kicked into gear one month into the campaign - breaking the deadlock in a 3-1 win against Manchester United.
As the graphic below shows, Anderson shone against Burnley in November with two goals in a 4-2 win, before maintaining a run of scintillating performances - capped with his match-winning double at Southampton.
Anderson has started every Premier League game to date and the interactive graphic below shows how the Brazilian primarily passes forward or to his right, being mainly stationed down the left flank.
The Brazilian has already enjoyed his second-most clinical league campaign in front of goal, scoring eight goals from just 30 unblocked attempts - having only ever outscored that total with 10 goals in Serie A for Lazio in 2014/15.
That productivity places him top of the club's goalscoring chart - one goal ahead of talisman Marko Arnautovic - who was reportedly close to a lucrative move to China in January before extending his contract at the club.
The graphic below shows how Anderson has been key for West Ham across a raft of attacking metrics, ranking joint-second for attempts on goal, top with 48 chances created, top with 1,159 passes and second with 98 crosses.
Compared with the average Premier League midfielder that has played at least 585 minutes this season, Anderson excels in every key statistic - primarily for dribbles, goals and created clear-cut chances.
Interestingly, the Brazilian also ranks impressively for tackles, suggesting he is defensively effective, too - initiating high turnover attacks from the left channel.
Anderson has linked up most with left-sided team-mates Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell, followed by Robert Snodgrass, Declan Rice and Mark Noble - typically receiving passes as the primary attacking outlet.
The Brazilian also provides athleticism in a comparatively older squad, ranking 20th in the league for distance covered with 261km this campaign - finding a consistency of around 10 km per game since the 3-0 win at Newcastle.
He can bamboozle opposition with a change of pace, too, shifting through the gears at breakneck speed - ranking 17th in the league for sprints with 358 to date.
Will Anderson produce another dazzling display at the London Stadium to help the Hammers maintain their lofty standing? Or can Fulham fix their defensive woes with a timely resurgence in their battle against relegation?
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