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'Real quality': Billy McKinlay says 27-year-old will be a big player for West Ham after Viborg display

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'Real quality': Billy McKinlay says 27-year-old will be a big player for West Ham after Viborg display

Billy McKinlay absolutely raved about Said Benrahma after West Ham beat Viborg 3-1 in the UEFA Europa Conference League last night.

And the Scot’s comments were in stark contrast to David Moyes’s response after Benrahma has had a good game.

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The 27-year-old Hammers winger came on as a second-half substitute against Viborg at the London Stadium last night.

And he injected a real sense of urgency and pace into West Ham’s play.

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Benrahma has come flying out the blocks this season and looks like a totally different player. He looks fitter, stronger, quicker and more dynamic than he was last term.

The Algerian ace will have a key role to play for West Ham this season and McKinlay alluded to that in his post-match press conference…

Said Benrahma stands out during West Ham vs Viborg

The 27-year-old winger really seems to have the bit between his teeth this season doesn’t he.

Benrahma was exceptional against Nottingham Forest on Sunday and the West Ham ace looked on top form once again last night against Viborg.

The ex-Brentford man produced a stunning assist for Michail Antonio. It was a really important goal at the time that put us 3-1 up on the night.

McKinlay absolutely raved about Benrahma when speaking to reporters last night, as quoted by Football.London:

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“I think he’s had a really good start. I think he had a good performance on Sunday and he’s come on tonight, obviously made a goal and looked a threat when he came on tonight. We know Said’s got real quality, we all want him to do really well. He’s had a good start to the season. In previous seasons, everybody’s really strived for that consistency, we know he is capable of doing that. He is going to be a big player for the club. He should take a lot of confidence from the last two games.”

We agree with McKinlay and it’s nice for Benrahma to be given some real, unadulterated praise for a change.

Hopefully that will give him all the confidence in the world.

The challenge for Benrahma now will be to maintain the levels he has shown already this season on a consistent basis.

It’s all well and good producing the goods for West Ham against Viborg but the 27-year-old needs to do do it week in, week out in the Premier League now.

We have full faith in Benny. This season will be the Algerian’s time to shine in a Hammers shirt, we have no doubt about that.

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