Felipe Anderson has not only been West Ham United’s star signing of the summer but one of the Premier League’s too.
At £40 million, the Brazilian made up a sizeable chunk of the £100 million plus the Hammers will have spent by Thursday’s deadline – with a move for Arsenal’s Lucas Perez reportedly close to completion (BBC Sport).
It is always difficult for South American players to settle and thrive in the English game so question marks understandably remain over Anderson, particularly at such an eye-watering price.
But he has already proved himself in a top league and in Europe with Lazio so he won’t be caught cold.
And if new statistics are anything to go by Premier League defenders should be on red alert.
A detailed analysis of Europe’s big five leagues, the Dutch top flight and the Championship over the last two seasons has revealed the most devastating attacking players.
The Opta data takes into account the most successful dribbles per game of players who played over 2,000 minutes of football in that time.
And the usual suspects are all there as is none other than Anderson.
In fact the 25-year-old matched the great Lionel Messi in joint seventh place on the list with 4.5 successful dribbles per game.
And that is a better record than coveted Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha (4.3) and Barcelona’s £136 million midfielder Ousmane Dembele (4.1).
Anderson’s fellow Brazilian Neymar (6.2) sits in second, while Eden Hazard (5.2) and Douglas Costa (4.6) are also up there.
Somewhat surprisingly Middlesbrough star Adama Traore – who has long been linked with West Ham and is set to join Wolves – came out on top by some distance with 8.8.
It seems there are exciting times ahead for West Ham fans.