Said Benrahma and Dimitri Payet are both incredibly talented mercurial geniuses.
Payet was absolutely outstanding during his 18 month spell with the Hammers.
He lit up Upton Park and the London Stadium with numerous displays of magical genius.
Said Benrahma possesses similar attributes to the Frenchman. But does he have what it takes to emulate Payet’s so far unrivalled prowess and skill?
The Algeria international certainly has the ability and considering that he’s just 26, he has plenty of time to improve further still.
Does Moyes really have Dimitri Payet 2.0 in the form of Said Benrahma?
The now 34-year-old was an instant hit at West Ham. During 59 games for the Hammers, Payet racked up 15 goals and 22 assists (Transfermarkt).
He played 4981 minutes for the Hammers so he averaged a goal involvement every 135 minutes.
Meanwhile, Benrahma has chalked up five goals and nine assists in 42 games for West Ham (Transfermarkt). The 26-year-old has played 2324 minutes, averaging a goal involvement every 166 minutes.
Whilst Payet’s numbers are noticeably better, there isn’t actually too much difference regarding goals and assists per 90 minutes.
The Frenchman was afforded more freedom under Slaven Bilic than the Algerian is under David Moyes. Benny does far more defensive work and tracking back than Payet ever did.
The former Brentford ace averages twice as many tackles in the Premier League than Payet did (Who Scored).
So perhaps it’s unfair to compare the two.
One thing that is certain is that Benrahma has the kind off ability that gets the London Stadium faithful up off their seats, just as Payet did. The goals and assists will undoubtedly start to flow more regularly as he becomes more experienced and the more senior he becomes in the team.
David Moyes has a seriously good player on his hands in the form of the Algerian.
Perhaps if he is to emulate Payet though, he needs to be let off the leash by the Scot.