West Ham were knocked out of the EFL Cup by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side advancing into the quarter-finals after a routine 3-1 victory at the London Stadium.
Heung-Min Son scored either side of the break to put Spurs in control but some hope was restored after substitute Lucas Perez found the net after 71 minutes – but Fernando Llorente’s effort just four minutes later ended any chance of a dramatic fightback occurring.
The result continues a disappointing start to the season for Manuel Pellegrini, who will now have to focus solely on the Premier League until the Hammers’ FA Cup campaign begins in the New Year, and fans were left disappointed by one summer signing.
Club-record addition Felipe Anderson was sacrificed at half-time for the introduction of Robert Snodgrass, who provided the equaliser for Lucas Perez’s goal, and the Brazilian left a lot to be desired with another disappointing performance.
West Ham fans certainly expect more from their most expensive addition and fans took to social media to criticise the winger. We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Good call for me. Anderson done nothing apart from take corners with about as much accuracy and pace as a 5 year old.
— Mark Deal 父 (@Deal770M) October 31, 2018
He played to his potential 30% of games at Lazio in 5 years; lacks personality, shame because he could be a world class player
— Emanuele Fontana (@Lele76er) October 31, 2018
Good to see our record signing making a big impact
— Gary Isbell (@1980hammer) October 31, 2018
42m!. His re-sale value must be 10m at the moment!
— Ross (@rossd182) October 31, 2018
Poor effort again from record signing .. got to worry is happy at West Ham
— WestHamFanTone (@WestHamFanTone) October 31, 2018
Our poorest signing in a long time!! Bring back Marco boogers!
— David Carter (@DavidCa49677735) October 31, 2018
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist… his second greatest trick was getting West Ham to pay Lazio a club record £43m for Felipe Anderson. pic.twitter.com/X2sxOasIYV
— Dan Storey (@DapperDan) October 31, 2018
Glad to see Felipe Anderson taken off, his big price tag doesn’t entitle him to stay on the pitch when he’s playing terribly which so far has been every game! Lazio conned us massively lol
— Jordan Fletcher (@JordanFletcherr) October 31, 2018
Felipe Anderson is not the new Payet that we thought we was getting…
— Sam (@_SamButler) October 31, 2018
What’s with Felipe Anderson never being able to clear the first defender on corners?#COYI
— Matthew Pugsley Muir (@adonismuir) October 31, 2018
Really concerning from Felipe Anderson. Jogging around like it's a friendly, awful corners to the first man
defender AGAIN, passing through balls into space for a very slow Hernandez… Does he have no footballing brain at all?
— Jacob父 (@wellhat) October 31, 2018
Felipe Anderson coming off. Thank goodness. Doesn’t deserve to play on Saturday.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) October 31, 2018