Calls have been growing for Benrahma to get a run of games starting for West Ham.
Benrahma divides opinion among Hammers fans. And besides the start of last season, the Algerian playmaker has failed to ever truly establish himself as a consistent starter under Moyes at West Ham.
In fairness it is not all on the manager. Benrahma has too often been stuck on a hamster wheel of inconsistency.
Even his biggest fans among the Hammers faithful will concede the Algerian has a tendency to play well as a substitute only to flatter to deceive when given a start – resulting in a return to the bench.
With Maxwel Cornet and Lucas Paqueta injured and Pablo Fornals struggling for form, many fans want to see Benrahma given a run of starts.
The former Brentford star certainly seems to have the bit between his teeth lately and was very lively and effective when he came on in the harsh defeat to Liverpool last time out.
Benrahma looks like he means business right now. But despite his relative lack of consistent action, particularly as a starter, now the statistics are putting pressure on the manager to act.
West Ham star Said Benrahma can’t get a look in under David Moyes but is officially the best playmaker outside the top six.
The Other 14, which provides statistics and analysis focusing on the Premier League clubs outside the so-called ‘top six’, has revealed a table of the players leading the way in terms of chances created, not counting set-pieces, per 90 minutes.
And West Ham star Benrahma tops the table with 11 chances created at an average of over 2.5 per game.
Benrahma is ahead of the likes of Newcastle’s Brazil star Bruno Guimaraes, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Wolves’ Daniel Podence, Brighton’s Leandro Trossard and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha to name but a few.
The stat was posted before the playmaker’s introduction against Liverpool in which he created at least three opportunities for his teammates in his 30 minutes on the pitch.
It was his skill and drive into the box which fed Jarrod Bowen to tee up Tomas Soucek for a tap-in at the death – only for his effort to somehow be blocked.
That makes it 14 chances created in 416 minutes – an average of over THREE per 90 minutes, putting him well clear of the rest.
With Bournemouth at home next up for West Ham on Monday night surely the time has come for Benrahma to be given a chance to hold down a regular starting spot.