Southampton 1-2 West Ham

Pellegrini hails ‘different’ Anderson after superb display in Southampton win

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise for Felipe Anderson tonight after the Brazilian attacker scored a superb double to hand his side a 2-1 win away to Southampton.

The 25-year-old initially struggled this season after making a club record £40 million move from Lazio during the summer. However, Anderson has begun to show his class in recent months and has now scored eight goals and provided two assists in 19 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.

Speaking after tonight’s fixture on the South Coast Pellegrini revealed that he thinks his star attacker will continue to improve.

“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things.’’ Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

“I think he will continue improving.

“He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.

“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”

Tonight’s win sees West Ham move up to ninth in the table, with their next fixture an away trip to Burnley on Sunday.

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