Said Benrahma joined West Ham United from Brentford on loan in October last year.
The Algeria international’s move to the London Stadium was then made permanent in January for around £25 million (Goal).
The 25-year-old has made a slow start to life in east London, however.
Benrahma is clearly a huge talent. The skill that he possesses and ability to easily beat his man offers the Hammers something completely different.
The former Brentford ace has racked up five assists for West Ham in 24 games, but he is still yet to register a goal (Transfermarkt).
The winger is clearly suffering from a loss of confidence. One thing that has definitely affected Benrahma is David Moyes’s insistence on telling the whole world how the Algerian needs to improve upon his ball retention and decision making.
The 25-year-old is a mercurial play-maker. His primary job is to win us football matches.
And there is a genuine danger that if Moyes keeps insisting on him tracking back defensively and choosing the ‘safe’ pass, he will lose his magic.
Often, players like Benrahma will register poor pass completion rates, purely because of the fact that they try the impossible unlike other less gifted players.
David Moyes needs to change Said Benrahma tact
Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne is a great example of this.
David Moyes simply must change tact with Benrahma. The Scot should give the talented attacker more of a free role, with less defensive responsibility.
If Moyes did that, it would surely be the confidence boost that Benrahma needs to really kick-start his West Ham career.
On the flip-side, however, if the Hammers boss continues to criticise the Algerian for his pass selection and decision making, the winger’s stay at the London Stadium could be short-lived.
Either Moyes will grow tired of the Algeria international and try to sell him or the player himself will want to leave.
Let’s hope that never happens because Benrahma is one of the most talented players we’ve had at the club in quite some time.
And it would be such a shame to lose out on his mercurial brilliance just because of Moyes’s mis-management.