When West Ham secured a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Wolves at the weekend, one player’s future at the club suddenly became crystal clear.
Benrahma divides opinion among Hammers fans. And the Algerian playmaker appears to face a very bleak future at West Ham after Moyes’ completely snubbed him against Wolves.
He has barely had a look in this season, particularly of late, and Maxwel Cornet started ahead of him against Wolves.
When the Ivory Coast international was forced off injured after just 34 minutes of his first Premier League start, many assumed Moyes would go like-for-like and bring on Benrahma.
But he elected to replace Cornet with Pablo Fornals instead.
Moyes has always taken a hard line, taskmaster approach to managing Benrahma. And the pair had a touchline row when Benrahma was seen asking ‘why always me?’ following his substitution against Newcastle last season.
The Scot has been criticised by fans and journalists for his handling of the 27-year-old.
Football journalist Paul Brown recently told Give Me Sport that he’s been surprised by Moyes’s treatment of Benrahma so far this season.
The winger’s lack of West Ham game time has cost him his place in the Algeria squad.
Many of Benrahma’s fans point to the fact he has created more chances than anyone else in the West Ham team this season (Fotmob).
Well now fate has conspired to hand frozen out West Ham star Benrahma a massive chance to win over Moyes.
Both Cornet and Jarrod Bowen are big injury doubts for the Europa Conference League game against Anderlecht on Thursday night.
That will surely mean Benrahma gets a start and a huge opportunity to show why he should be in the side.
Footage from West Ham training ahead of the trip to Belgium – which you can see below – shows Benrahma playing alongside Michail Antonio in detailed attacking drills.
So it seems the stage is set for the man dubbed the ‘Algerian Messi’ to prove his worth.
Who knows, with the injuries in his position and an inspired performance Benrahma could yet save his Hammers career under Moyes.