Said Benrahma was substituted again and what he said to David Moyes on his way off should concern West Ham.
Let’s kick things off by saying there is absolutely no disgrace in West Ham losing by the odd goal to Manchester City.
And another disclaimer this is not a dig because Moyes and his West Ham squad have PLENTY of credit in the bank with the club’s fans.
It is merely an observation and after all football is a game of opinions.
But Benrahma’s levels have dropped of late and it has been clear for all to see.
The Algerian started the season in superb form. And he has set very high standards for himself as a result.
But there have been some games where he has not quite reached those levels.
Moyes does not hesitate to substitute Benrahma. In fact some fans feel the Scot can be a bit too harsh on the West Ham playmaker in making him something of a fall guy.
But he has been poor in some games of late at Aston Villa – where he was replaced by Manuel Lanzini – at Wolves and again against Man City.
Benrahma will find his form again.
But he looks set for a spell out of the side now following Lanzini’s impressive recent performances and superb goal against City.
What Said Benrahma said to David Moyes after substitution should concern West Ham
What he appeared to say to Moyes as he was substituted should worry West Ham, though.
He did not look best pleased to be coming off. And the TV cameras clearly showed Benrahma asking Moyes why he had subbed him.
A brave move indeed from Benrahma. Somewhat surprisingly Moyes seemed to explain himself to the playmaker.
But in reality no explanation was needed. If Benrahma thinks he was playing well enough to stay on then he needs to watch the game back.
Moyes was pleased with West Ham’s overall efforts after the game.
But he pulled no punches when laying the blame at the door of his forward players for consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since April.
Brighton becomes huge on Wednesday if the Hammers want to rediscover that brilliant momentum they had prior to the blasted international break.
Benrahma was brilliant in the win over Liverpool before that break. But he – like the team – seems to have suffered a dip ever since.
Brighton have been West Ham’s bogey side since being promoted to the top flight.
But don’t expect to see Benrahma in the starting line-up.
The 26-year-old must go away and reassess his levels and strive to get back to that early season form.