Santos midfielder Felipe Anderson ready to fill the void left by Ganso
With the recent departure of Ganso to rivals São Paulo, Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho is looking for someone to step into that void and become the team's 'conductor'. And after a recent run of good form it looks like Felipe Anderson is ready to make that step.
The 19-year-old has grown in stature this season and has played in 46 games for Santos this season, despite criticism from certain sections of the clubs support. The form of the youngster has coincided with the departure of Ganso and Anderson told Lancenet that he is enjoying his football at the moment.
He said: "I feel more confident, more freedom, but I don't see that my improvement occurred because of his departure. Of course I have no more shade and have since gained confidence, got more space and have been able to do more in the games."
The midfielder feels that it's his time to shine and take on more responsibility within the team. Something that is required given that clubs best player, Neymar, is often away with the national team.
"You will see more malice in me, I have more experience, and I have been improving, with good trickery. This has all changed a lot in me. It's time to be the man, pacing the game and taking responsibility."
During the interview, the player also revealed those who had helped him most during the difficult moments.
"First, my family. When everyone criticised me, said I had no quality and not good enough for Santos, they supported me and stood by me. I went through difficult times, but they put my head in place and I started working more and more.
"Coach Muricy was also very important, always encouraged me and believed in me."