Fantasy football: What will Felipe Anderson bring to the Premier League next season?
Felipe Anderson has become the latest signing for West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini in a move that has excited Hammers and fantasy football fans alike.
The 25-year-old Brazilian has joined the east London club from Lazio in a club-record deal believed to be worth around £50million.
Anderson arrives with much expected of him, as fans are eager to see if he can carry over his good form from Serie A into the Premier League.
The attacking-midfielder started his career with Santos before being snapped up by Lazio for £6million in 2014, where he has scored 25 goals in 137 appearances for the club.
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The winger is the sixth summer arrival at West Ham as the squad undergoes a significant face-lift under Pellegrini.
Along with Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko, the signing of Anderson is seen as a coup for West Ham and the summer spending could yet continue still.
The Brazilian’s rumoured £50million price tag sees West Ham smash their club-record transfer for the second time in one window.
Issa Diop’s arrived for £25million earlier in the window for a then record-fee, toppling the £24million paid for Andre Ayew in 2016.
Anderson joins off the back of another good season for Lazio, in which he scored four times and provided seven assists in 21 Serie A appearances.
The flair midfielder, who has only been capped once by Brazil, will hope that playing regularly in the most watched league in the world will propel his international career to the next level.
Anderson is the type of player who is a must-have for those Dream Team managers on the lookout for a wide player guaranteed to earn you points.
The Brazilian was once one of the most sought-after young players in Europe and will now have the platform to show off his undoubted potential.
According to Dream Team’s ratings provider WhoScored, Anderson had an impressive season in all competitions for Lazio at 7.51.
The Brazilian was also impressive domestically at 7.45 and ranks seventh in Serie A’s top performers from last season, joining illustrious company such as Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Insigne in the top ten.
In comparison to West Ham’s other attacking players, the Brazilian tops the lot by some distance.
Only Marko Arnautovic (7.07) comes close to the average performance rating of Anderson last season.
So, what will he cost on Dream Team?
He’s yet to be priced up on Dream Team, however we’d estimate West Ham’s new man to be valued at around the £4m mark, judging on the prices of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Adam Lallana last season.