West Ham United boss David Moyes performed somewhat of a 180 on Said Benrahma, when speaking to reporters after last night’s win over Crystal Palace, as quoted by Football.London.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Brentford in October for £4 million (Eurosport).
The east London club have an obligation to buy the Algeria international for £25 million in the summer (Eurosport).
Benrahma has taken his time to settle at the London Stadium, however.
Initially, David Moyes criticised the mercurial winger for his decision making and ball retention. So his words last night were a welcome surprise for both the player and the fans.
Benrahma made 39 passes last night and registered an impressive completion rate of 85% (Football Critic).
The West Ham boss praised the former Brentford ace, when speaking to Football.London:
“I thought he played really well tonight and he played really well for the team tonight and it wasn’t all his tricks with the football but it was his pressing and commitment to the team which we want everybody to buy into.”
It is clear to see just how important Benrahma is to this West Ham team.
The Hammers are an incredibly well-drilled, solid unit. Each and every player works hard for each other.
The Algeria international just adds that little bit of magic that makes West Ham unpredictable.
The 25-year-old put in his best all-round performance in a Hammers shirt against Crystal Palace last night. There is clearly still a lot more to come from Benrahma.
A goal will do him the world of good. Let’s hope that comes sooner rather than later.