West Ham boss David Moyes and Said Benrahma has never been a match made in heaven, that’s for sure.
The 26-year-old joined West Ham on a permanent £25 million deal in January of this year, having spent the previous three months at the London Stadium on a £4 million loan deal (Eurosport).
Benrahma has been through peaks and troughs since moving to the London Stadium. He has showcased his brilliant skill on a regular basis but at the same time, he just hasn’t delivered enough, considering his price-tag.
Is Moyes handling Benrahma incorrectly?
We believe there is a very simple reason why the Algeria international isn’t performing.
The 26-year-old made his first start for the Hammers against Leeds way back in December last year.
He was absolutely electric in that game. The Algeria international constantly showed for the ball and produced numerous bits of magic.
Benrahma played with somewhat of a free role and floated from the left flank, into the number 10 position and even played deeper at times in order to pick up the ball.
That performance was a far cry from what we see from Benny now.
He is stuck out on the left-hand flank and often just passes the ball backwards when he receives it.
David Moyes has chosen to criticise Benrahma regularly after games, highlighting his apparently poor decision making and ball retention, as covered right here on Hammers News.
He seems to be scared of giving the ball away every time he’s in possession. That is the absolute worst thing for a mercurial play-maker who is expected to make things happen.
A lot of things that Kevin De Bruyne tries don’t come off due to the fact that he attempts incredibly risky passes and often opts to shoot from distance. But when the Belgian does get it right it is truly sensational to watch.
Bruno Fernandes is the same.
Answer is simple David Moyes: Sell Said Benrahma or let him be a maverick
Benrahma just looks like a frightened, sheepish little boy lost and out of position when playing for West Ham at the moment.
Sure, every player has to work hard and earn the right to play. The 26-year-old Algerian just isn’t a player who is going to track back all the time though.
If Moyes wants to get the best out of him, he needs to give him that free role, just like he did when he gave him his first Premier League start this time last year.
The Scot needs to trust Benrahma and offer him the freedom to take games by the scruff of the neck, just like he did with Brentford before joining West Ham.
If Moyes doesn’t want to do that though, then he should just sell him. The former Brentford ace is being wasted at West Ham. He is totally ineffective when being told to defend, play sensible and stick to a rigid position.
Benrahma could be a world-beater if given the right platform to succeed. As things stand though, he is slipping further and further behind the levels he should be showing.
You can see in his face just how much he isn’t enjoying his football at the moment.
David Moyes has some very big decisions to make in January and the summer. And his handling of Benrahma is something that needs to be addressed. Something’s got to give. Either give the Algerian more freedom or move him on.
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Because a Said Benrahma who has to track back and do the dirty work is completely pointless. There are better options for Moyes to use for that particular job if that’s what he wants to do.