Why West Ham should be targeting Quincy Promes instead of Felipe Anderson

Quincy Promes of the Netherlands reacts to a missed chance on goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between the Netherlands and Bulgaria held at The Amsterdam ArenA on September 3,...

West Ham are reportedly nearing a deal for Lazio's Felipe Anderson - but they should be looking elsewhere at Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes.

Quincy Promes of the Netherlands reacts to a missed chance on goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between the Netherlands and Bulgaria held at The Amsterdam ArenA on September 3,...

In what seems to have been dragging on for a while now, West Ham’s pursuit of Lazio’s Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson appears to be nearing a deal. Lazio president Claudio Lotito is doing everything in his power to get as much money as he can for the 25-year-old.

In a transfer that could end up being worth around £40 million, Anderson will certainly add flair and excitement to the Hammers’ side – yet there is the question as to whether or not he justifies his price-tag.

Especially when taken into consideration that Spartak Moscow’s 26-year-old Dutch winger Quincy Promes could be available for less.

Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio looks on during the serie A match between SS Lazio and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico on April 22, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

The problem with Felipe Anderson revolves around decision making and consistency. When the Brazilian is at his best, he is a formidable threat; yet his best rarely shows and, when it does, it is often too late. He is quick to play short passes and sometimes suffers by making the wrong choice; losing possession.

Quincy Promes, on the other hand, has been a consistent threat ever since he moved to Spartak Moscow in 2014 – winning the Russian league’s ‘footballer of the year award’ in 2017 and scoring 58 goals in 109 league games.

Quincy Promes FC Spartak celebrates after scoring a goal during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Arsenal Tula at Otkrytie Arena stadium on August 09, 2017...

Promes is a much more complete attacker; with the pace, physical abilities and technique required to succeed at a top level. Anderson, on the other hand, possesses the technical ability but may face being bullied off the ball in the Premier League. Promes’ strength should make him a more valuable asset than Anderson, especially when having to face defenders of the ilk of Harry Maguire, Antonio Rudiger and Michael Keane.

When Promes nearly completed a switch to Southampton in January, TalkSport reported that the Dutchman had a release clause of just £31 million in his contract. If this is to be believed, Promes would cost West Ham around £10 million less than Anderson will; with the Hammers getting a not necessarily better but more consistent player.

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