Hammers boss David Moyes looks set to pull off another masterstroke as West Ham star Said Benrahma says goodbye.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you’ll be a man-ager my son.
Rudyard Kipling most likely wasn’t talking about football management in his famous poem.
But those words are very apt when it comes to the pressure cooker of being the top dog at a Premier League club, just ask West Ham’s main man Moyes.
Everyone has – and is entitled to – an opinion on everything that goes on in the game and it can be quickly and easily spouted across social media and beyond.
But the only opinion that really, truly matters – particularly at West Ham over the last couple of years – is that of THE Moyesiah.
After an indifferent debut season, Said Benrahma started the season on fire.
Moyes had taken the taskmaster approach with the playmaker last term telling him very publicly that he must do more, work harder, make better choices and be more of a team player.
Recently, with Benrahma struggling to make an impact for West Ham during a rare slump, Moyes has been surprisingly supportive of the wing-man when many Hammers fans were being critical of the 26-year-old and calling for him to be dropped.
But Moyes proved yet again he knows best, with his persistence paying off as Benrahma came good to help kickstart West Ham’s season in back-to-back wins over Watford and Crystal Palace.
Another player heavily criticised by fans and pundits this season has been £33m summer signing Nikola Vlasic.
Many have questioned whether Vlasic has the ability to make it in the Premier League with West Ham.
But again Moyes publicly backed his player to come good and insisted he would slowly but surely drip-feed the Croatian into the Hammers first team.
David Moyes set to pull off another masterstroke as West Ham star Said Benrahma says goodbye
And we look set to witness another Moyes masterstroke as Vlasic comes to the boil just as Benrahma says goodbye to West Ham for a month when he departs for the African Nations with Algeria this week.
Losing Benrahma, just as he hits form, is a big blow.
But Vlasic got his first goal at Watford and impressed when he came on against Crystal Palace too.
It is his strength and sharpness that has struck West Ham fans more than anything during recent games, though.
Vlasic looks like he is clicking into gear at the perfect time to come into the West Ham team in place of Benrahma.
And that is not by accident, but by design as Moyes looks set to pull off another managerial masterstroke which could energise West Ham at the sweet spot of a hugely promising season.