West Ham United winger Said Benrahma has so much to prove when Premier League football resumes again after the international break.
In the end though, Barnes joined Newcastle and Benrahma remained with the Hammers.
The Algerian has all the talent in the world, but he really does need to start producing the goods or he will find himself out of the team very soon, with Mohammed Kudus now at the club…
Said Benrahma has to buck up his ideas and fast, or he’ll face a bleak West Ham future
The Algeria international is now under real pressure to start performing consistently or he’ll find himself on the outside looking in before he knows it.
Kudus will be pushing Benny for his spot in the team. Whilst he’s better centrally or on the right, the Ghanaian can still play in the left wing position.
Moyes wouldn’t have splashed out £38 million for Kudus just to warm the bench.
So Benrahma’s task will be to make it impossible for the West Ham boss to drop him.
The former Brentford winger lets games drift by far too often and he absolutely must start asserting himself on matches consistently, if he is to keep his place in the team.
Benrahma simply has to be more decisive inside the final third, whether that be with his shooting, crossing or passing.
The 28-year-old has the ability to win games on his own with moments of magic, yet he seems completely devoid of confidence at the moment, and that is undoubtedly holding him back.
Listen, I absolutely love Said Benrahma and I’m a huge fan of what he brings to this West Ham team. He’ll be the first to admit that he just hasn’t been at the levels required this season though, aside from his brilliant assist for Jarrod Bowen away at Brighton.
The clock is ticking for the Algerian. It’s now or never in my opinion. And if he is taken out of the team anytime soon, I find it hard to envisage him being anything more than an impact sub for the Hammers this season.