West Ham United ace Said Benrahma has spoken out with special praise for Aston Villa and Liverpool players.
Hammers fans were hugely excited when the club swooped to sign Benrahma from Brentford.
Benrahma has played his part in West Ham’s fantastic season so far as the club pushes the likes of Liverpool for a Champions League spot.
West Ham made his initial loan move permanent in January, six months earlier than they needed to, so they could bring in Jesse Lingard.
Benrahma yet to catch fire for West Ham
But things have been far from easy for the Algerian.
West Ham boss David Moyes has taken a hardline approach with the skilful playmaker.
Benrahma hasn’t always featured. And his game time has been hard earned with Moyes keen to drum home the message about economy and efficiency on the ball and discipline off it.
West Ham fans love a player like Benrahma and have been desperate to see Moyes let him off the leash more.
He certainly has some way to go to reach the levels of fellow Premier League stars like Aston Villa hero Jack Grealish and Liverpool ace Mo Salah.
West Ham man names Aston Villa and Liverpool stars as best he’s faced
But it will encourage Moyes and West Ham fans that the Aston Villa and Liverpool attackers are players Benrahma looks up to and wants to emulate.
That’s if comments from Benrahma are anything to go by.
Speaking in a Q&A on the West Ham Instagram account, Benrahma was asked
“This year I would say Jack Grealish (is the best player I have faced),” Benrahma said on West Ham’s Instagram.
“Grealish I’d say (is the best I’ve faced) or Mo Salah. I think that this year Grealish is a player I thought was good and very strong.
“And Salah when we played against them (Liverpool) recently he scored in both games. Honestly, he’s very good you know. Everything he does is efficient.
Algerian magician has the chance to come out on top if he can help Hammers to strong finish
“Yes those two (are the best I’ve faced), they’re pretty good you know! They’re very strong.”
Benrahma has the chance to come out on top of both the stars he admires this season if he can help lead West Ham to a strong finish.
Liverpool and West Ham are in what looks increasingly like a five-team battle for fourth place and that coveted last Champions League spot.
Aston Villa have fallen away a touch during Grealish’s recent absence from the side.
West Ham’s Algerian magician must strive to be talked about in the same light as Liverpool’s Salah and Villa’s Grealish.
If he reaches anything like that level West Ham will have some player on their hands. And at £25m, a bargain to boot.