Former Hammers hero Tony Gale has summed up the big frustration with Said Benrahma after watching West Ham United’s season opener.

West Ham started the new season with a 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

It could and probably should have been better as the Hammers spurned a number of good chances and also hit the inside of the post.

But in truth 1-1 was probably a fair result with David Moyes admitting his side did not do enough in the second half to earn all three points.

A point on the road in the Premier League is almost always a good one for a club like West Ham. But some supporters will understandably feel frustrated after surrendering two points with the team sitting off far too deep having taken the lead.

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One major positive for West Ham fans is that the team which started the match will almost undoubtedly look very different in the coming weeks and months ahead with Edson Alvarez and several other new signings coming in.

On this evidence they will be needed, particularly with Europa League football on the horizon again next month.

One player who frustrated many supporters in the draw was Said Benrahma.

The Algerian winger has struggled for any consistency in his end product. But he remains one of West Ham’s most skilful creative players.

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Many feel he should get more goals and assists given his talent. And it seems fans are not alone in their frustrations.

Because a former Hammer and club hero who was covering the game on commentary has had his say.

Tony Gale sums up the big frustration with Benrahma after watching the West Ham season opener.

Speaking on the live coverage of the match after Benrahma’s indecision saw a particularly threatening move break down, ex West Ham defender Gale has told the winger what he must do to improve.

“You’re one on one,” Gale said.

“Either cut inside and get a shot away or go outside and get a cross in.

“He tends to hesitate and then come back on himself (too often) and it peters out.”


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