West Ham United star Said Benrahma needs to ‘get through his head’ what David Moyes wants from him and work harder for the team, says journalist Paul Brown.
How has Benrahma performed for West Ham?
Said Benrahma signed for West Ham from Brentford on an initial loan deal in October 2020 (Sky Sports), but was made permanent in January (Evening Standard) as the club freed up a domestic loan space for the signing of Jesse Lingard.
The Algerian has since made 101 appearances for the club, netting 16 goals, including a goal in the Hammers’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.
However, the 27-year-old has struggled to get a consistent run in the team and the club was reportedly open to letting the player go this summer as they pursued other transfer targets.
What does Brown say about Benrahma?
Journalist Paul Brown believes that Moyes and West Ham are looking to get more out of the Algerian playmaker.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “I just think there are times when if he’s not contributing goals and assists in a big way, he’s not always contributing a lot else to the team, and I think Moyes demands a lot of hard work from his players. That’s the one thing that Benrahma still needs to get through his head really. You can do both. The best players in the world I think are the ones who put the work in as well as light up the goalscoring charts.
“I mean if you look over the last few seasons at Liverpool, for instance, their forwards and creative players are also some of the hardest working in the league. They press, they get around the pitch and I think that’s what David Moyes is looking for from his players. Benrahma is certainly someone who could do a bit more of that.”
Does Benrahma have a future at the London Stadium?
Benrahma is an effective tool for Moyes’ side, and no West Ham player has averaged more than his 1.6 dribbles per game at the club than the Algerian according to WhoScored.
The attacker also seems to have support amongst the West Ham fans, who were disappointed to see Benrahma withdrawn from Sunday’s game against Palace by booing the substitution. Although, in a concerning twist, after the game, Moyes thought his side played better once he had withdrawn the Hammers goal-scorer.
“I think if you are watching the game from there, I actually think we got better.” Moyes said following Benrahma’s substitution
“I thought our football was better and we controlled a bit more of the game. I thought we looked more likely to score at that period of the game as well.”
This suggests that doubts still remain about the £25million player in the mind of the West Ham boss.
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