According to a report from Claret and Hugh, West Ham duo Issa Diop and Said Benrahma are pushing hard to impress David Moyes ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fulham at the London Stadium.
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Moyes brought Benrahma to east London on transfer deadline day on loan for an initial £5 million fee. The Hammers have an obligation to buy the Algerian for £20 million plus £5 million in add-ons in the summer (The Guardian).
Diop, meanwhile, has been at West Ham for over two years.
The Frenchman initially really impressed at the London Stadium. But he has struggled for form and consistency over the past 12 months.
Diop hasn’t started a game for David Moyes’s side since the Hammers’ defeat to Arsenal in September.
The 23-year-old was forced to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 on September 23rd. And he hasn’t been able to force his way back into the team yet.
Benrahma, meanwhile, has made just one appearance for West Ham since swapping west London for east London – a 10 minute cameo away at Liverpool last weekend.
But Claret and Hugh claims that the Algerian and the Frenchman are pushing hard in training to prove that they are worthy of selection against Fulham.
Benrahma will have to dislodge Pablo Fornals if he is to force his way into the starting lineup against Fulham, whilst Diop will have to usurp Fabian Balbuena.
Moyes is notorious for sticking to his guns. And he is well-renowned for easing new signings in slowly.
So it would be no surprise to see Benrahma on the bench once again on Saturday. Perhaps Diop might get a chance to start again but that would be incredibly harsh on Balbuena. So the smart money would be on an unchanged side for Fulham.