The negotiations were complicated and at times looked on the brink of collapsing, but Lazio and West Ham finally reached agreement on the transfer of Felipe Anderson this week. The Italian club will cash in over €40M for the 25-year-old Brazilian, who leaves Italy after five seasons, where he collected 177 appearances and scored 34 times.
Anderson’s years in the Italian Capital have been up-and-down. He spent his first six months after coming from Santos getting acclimated to the new scenario and then he exploded the following season, where he was devastating at times and finished the year with ten scores and eight assists, playing mainly as right winger and displaying incredible pace and dribbling skills.
The Eagles decided to turn down the rich offers they received that summer, in particular from Premier League clubs, hoping that he would take a step forward. He was OK in 2015/2017, but did not show tangible improvements and was unable to constantly take over games like he did previously. The next year was similar, solid but not impressive.
He got hurt in July of 2017 and had a lot of troubles solving a nagging tendinopathy with some calcification in his adductor, which sidelined him for four months. By the time he came back, he had lost his starting spot due to the emergence of Luis Alberto and the fact that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was used more offensively. Simone Inzaghi used him as a super-sub and he was reasonably prolific, with four goals and seven dimes in 21 games, even though his contribution was limited by the lack of consistent playing time. He also did not appear fully recuperated until the last few games.
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