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David Moyes lays down the gauntlet to Said Benrahma ahead of huge Aston Villa clash

West Ham manager David Moyes has talked up Said Benrahma ahead of our clash with Aston Villa at the London Stadium this afternoon.

The Scot was talking after Jarrod Bowen was ruled out for the match because of a heel injury.

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The Hammers welcome Aston Villa to the London Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.

Villa are absolutely flying whilst West Ham have struggled of late but we do have a very good record against the West Midlands outfit.

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Not having Bowen available for selection is a really big blow for the Hammers but not an insurmountable one.

We have one player in particular who has the ability needed to step up and fill Bowen’s boots…

Moyes lays down gauntlet to Benrahma ahead of West Ham vs Aston Villa clash

The 26-year-old winger began the season in fine form.

He has bagged eight goals and four assists this term but he has really gone off the boil since the turn of the year.

We need Benrahma to rediscover his best form between now and the end of the season, and certainly while Bowen is out injured.

And Moyes alluded to exactly that when speaking to reporters about the Algeria international, as quoted by Football.London:

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“Said has shown exactly what he can do. He showed it at the start of the season and showed great improvement coming back. His first season was quite difficult. At the start of this year, he was in really good form. I think all the same things still apply. Make the right decisions, choose the right pass at the right moment. Make the decision whether to take people on or to retain possession. So all those basic things because he’s important to us because he can make the difference. He’s a talented player. And we need those players just to find that little bit of difference, which would help us go over that line.”

Perhaps Moyes is hinting that Benrahma will start today’s game against Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old hasn’t started a game for West Ham since he had an altercation with Moyes on the touching after being dragged off during our draw with Newcastle at the London Stadium last month.

With Jarrod Bowen out injured, this could very well be Benrahma’s time to shine. It’s about time that the former Brentford ace made a big statement in a West Ham shirt.

And if the Hammers are to have any chance of beating Aston Villa this afternoon, Benrahma will undoubtedly need to be on his very best form.

It seems as though Moyes has never been a huge fan of Benrahma. So it’s up to the Algerian to change the way that the Scot thinks. And a match-winning display against Aston Villa today would be the best way to do just that.

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