As the season enters its final lap one of the biggest surprises for West Ham United is that Said Benrahma is still awaiting his first goal.
West Ham fans are excited every time they see Benrahma’s name on the team sheet.
And the Algerian has showed flashes of his talent since signing from Brentford last October – first on loan and then permanently for £25m in January.
Flashes of magic not enough for Benrahma to establish himself under taskmaster Moyes
But the cold reality is Benrahma has struggled to make a major impact since signing for West Ham.
He is yet to establish himself as a starter under Moyes and – while he has had a few assists – the attacker is still awaiting his first goal.
Moyes has been strict with Benrahma. The Scot has demanded he do more defensively, be more efficient with the ball and warned he must stop trying to force that first goal. When Benrahma does start for West Ham, he rarely finishes the game.
The Hammers boss has admitted Benrahma was signed for his goals and assists. But he also explained that some players take longer to adjust when asked about the skilful star recently.
Hammers boss wants goals and assists but says some players take longer to settle
“We bought him with goals and assists in mind but he is new to the Premier League, he has to get used to it,” Moyes said of Benrahma’s search for his first Hammers goal (Yahoo).
“Not everybody is going to hit the ground running, some come in quickly and some don’t. Said is still learning, still picking bits up. But we like him a lot and we think he has got more to come.
“He has just got to stay steady, he has been taking on shots which aren’t at the right time to do so. I think he just needs to calm down a bit and let it come to him rather than going and looking for it so much.”
Benrahma’s lack of consistent game time and goals has not stopped him planning his celebration, though.
Speaking in a Q&A on West Ham’s Instagram, Benrahma has revealed he has a mystery celebration planned.
Benrahma has mystery celebration planned for first West Ham goal
“Honestly, I’m keeping it to myself,” Benrahma said when asked what his celebration will be when he scores his first Hammers goal (West Ham’s Instagram).
“I’ve got a little celebration in mind.
“But when I score, you’ll see it.”
West Ham fans will be hoping they might see the mystery celebration against Wolves.
Or indeed that Benrahma is saving himself to score some really crucial goals during the run-in as West Ham chase a Champions League spot.
The 25-year-old may have to bide his time a while longer, though. Rumours ahead of Wolves suggest Pablo Fornals will take his place in the starting XI after returning from injury.
In terms of celebrations Benrahma has a lot to live up to. Jesse Lingard, Fornals and Declan Rice did one of the best of the season with their band celebration against Spurs which was dubbed ‘Backstreet Moyes’.
And striker Michail Antonio has made a habit of pulling off some great celebrations too.
We all look forward to finding out what Benrahma has up his sleeve.