West Ham fans may well have to get used to Said Benrahma warming the bench for quite some time to come following David Moyes’ comments yesterday.
The former Brentford ace has had to make do with just two substitute appearances so far for the Hammers.
He made a huge difference when he came on against Fulham two weeks ago. Many fans have been calling for Benrahma to start against Sheffield United on Sunday. It seems as though that won’t be happening, however.
The Scot suggested that it is hard for him to bring the 25-year-old into the side considering how well the likes of Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen have been playing, as quoted by the Evening Standard:
“The boys in the team are playing really well, it’s not easy to say sorry, we’re bring someone else in. If you come to the club it’s a great thing, it’s great competition behind the player and gives the players in the team more reason to perform well. So, I think still bringing him in gently, slowly is the best way, and he’s been away for a couple of weeks with Algeria so we’ve not had him on site all the time.”
Judging by those words, there is clearly no chance of the Algerian wing wizard starting away at Sheffield United tomorrow.
West Ham fans are desperate to see Benrahma start. Our wait may just be set to continue for a while, however.
Moyes clearly rates Pablo Fornals very highly indeed. The Spaniard has plenty of quality but it is his work-rate that has impressed the Scot the most.
So whenever Benrahma is given a chance to start for West Ham he must prove that he is capable of matching the Spaniard’s non-stop work ethic and defensive cover.
Quite when that will be, however, remains to be seen.