West Ham United playmaker Said Benrahma has named the teammate he rates the most.
But David Moyes clearly doesn’t agree because the player in question barely features.
Benrahma himself has struggled to make a major impact since signing for West Ham.
Moyes making Benrahma work to earn Hammers stripes
He is yet to establish himself as a starter under Moyes and 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.
If Benrahma had his way he would be playing alongside Manuel Lanzini for West Ham.
Speaking in a Q&A on West Ham’s Instagram, Benrahma says his fellow creative midfielder Lanzini is the player he rates and clicks with the most.
“Manu Lanzini,” Benrahma said without hesitation when asked who is the first player he wants on his team in training (West Ham Instagram).
Benrahma names Lanzini as the player he rates most at West Ham, but Moyes clearly doesn’t agree
“Honestly I get on really well with him in training, and we get on well with each other. So the first person I want is Manu.
“Manu (is the player I have a special connection with), Manu,” Benrahma added.
“With everyone (I have a connection) but I think that in training it’s Manu. I have a real bond with him on the pitch.
“Honestly I get on well with everyone but the one I get on the best with in training, let’s say the one I have a mutual understanding with, is Manu.”
Benrahma also said he has a good connection with Tomas Soucek and Aaron Cresswell.
Many West Ham players name Lanzini when asked about the best footballers at the club.
So it does beg the question as to why he cannot consistently reproduce that on the pitch when Moyes gives him a chance.
Moyes wants commitment and hunger as West Ham aim for Europe
There were signs Lanzini was getting back to something like his best with his goal of the season strike against Tottenham.
But just three league starts all season long tells its own story as Moyes looks to rebuild West Ham around young players hungry to fight for the cause and prove themselves.
It remains to be seen whether Benrahma or Lanzini can get increased game time between now and the end of the season. Indeed Lanzini’s future at the club beyond the summer looks uncertain.
The Hammers have nine games left to secure European football.
West Ham are fifth in the Premier League table, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Five or six wins in the remaining matches should be enough to secure Champions League football.
It’s a tough ask but West Ham have the fixtures to pull it off if they keep performing as they have all season.