Anderlecht play host to West Ham in the UEFA Europa Conference League tonight and it will be a hugely important game for Said Benrahma.

The Hammers need a win against the Belgian side tonight, if we really want to lay a strong marker down in Group B.

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And we think that the game could be just as important for Said Benrahma from a personal perspective as it is for the Hammers as a club.

The 27-year-old winger was left out entirely by David Moyes against Wolves at the weekend.

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That would have been a real blow to his confidence, especially considering the fact that Maxwel Cornet came off injured and he was overlooked by Moyes in favour of Pablo Fornals.

It really does seem like the 17-capped Algeria international faces a bleak future at the London Stadium. Could he salvage his Hammers career with a match-winning performance against Anderlecht tonight though?

Anderlecht vs West Ham could be Said Benrahma’s chance to shine

The 27-year-old has always borne the brunt of Moyes’s criticism over the past couple of years.

I have made my stance on the matter very clear every single time – Moyes’s handling of the Algerian has been awful.

Benrahma clearly needs an arm around him and if he is to succeed with West Ham, he quite simply needs to be given more freedom to produce the magic that we all know he’s capable of.

The Algerian attacker is a real talent and although he hasn’t been as consistent as we’d have liked for West Ham, we still think that he’s our most creative player.

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In fact, the 27-year-old has created more chances than anyone else in the West Ham team this season (Fotmob).

Yet he can’t get a consistent run of starts for love nor money.

He clearly isn’t one of Moyes’s favourites, but his omission from he game against Wolves was really bizarre.

The only explanation is that the Scot has a starting role lined up for Benny tonight.

West Ham obviously need a good result against Anderlecht. But it could be argued that Benrahma is just as much in need of a top-class performance himself.

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