We’ve seen plenty of South Americans move to the Premier League and flop, but one man who has taken to the English top flight like a duck to water is West Ham’s Felipe Anderson.
The Brazilian moved to West Ham back in the summer from Serie A side Lazio, becoming the clubs most expensive signing of all time in a deal worth £40 million.
Since swapping Northern Rome for East London, the 25-year-old has netted eight goals and provided three assists, and has generally been a real handful for Premier League defenders.
Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Anderson has discussed his first seven months in the English top flight, saying that he is still adapting.
“I have always enjoyed dribbling,” Anderson said.
That has been a key part of my game and you do get quite a lot of space in England. But the game is very intense and it is difficult to keep it up for the 90 minutes.
“Every game is end to end, with attack after attack. I am still adapting to that side of the game and I need to get stronger.”
Speaking about his decision to join the Hammers, Anderson said he couldn’t turn down the chance to play in England and he is keen to repay the clubs faith in him.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world, and it is very well regarded if you get a chance to play in it. I was very motivated from day one to repay the belief the club has shown in me. I have worked very hard to settle in quickly and am enjoying being part of the team, being in the city and taking part in such a project.”
West Ham currently sit in 10th in the top flight thanks to the Brazilian’s goals, and he has admitted that his first strike for the club was his favourite, especially because it came in the 3-1 win over Manchester United early on this season.
“Scoring in the win against Manchester United [was my favourite]. We had played eight games before that and I hadn’t got a goal. I did that day and we managed to win against a good Manchester United team. That game showed how good we could be.”
He will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form in this weekends Premier League game against struggling Fulham.