Said Benrahma looked completely lost when he came on for West Ham United against Newcastle United this afternoon.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Brentford on a season long loan last summer.
Benrahma’s move to the London Stadium was made permanent in January for around £25 million (Goal).
The seven-capped Algeria international made a storming start to life at West Ham with a scintillating display away at Leeds in December.
The writing was on the wall for the winger with David Moyes’s comments immediately after that game, however.
The Scot insisted that Benrahma needs to work on his ball retention and decision making.
And Moyes continued to criticise the 25-year-old every time he played.
Said Benrahma could be heading for early West Ham exit unless things change fast
The winger has clearly suffered a loss of confidence as a consequence. 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.
It’s like the Scot has coaxed the magic out of Benrahma.
The 25-year-old is a mercurial play-maker. His primary job is to win us football matches.
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.
There is a genuine danger that if Moyes keeps insisting on him tracking back defensively and choosing the ‘safe’ pass, he will lose the very thing that makes him so good.
Today’s 20 minute cameo against Newcastle was evidence of just how much he has been affected by Moyes’s man management.
Benrahma looked like a shadow of his former self. In fact, he looked completely lost. And it seems as though his West Ham career is already hanging by a thread.