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Said Benrahma the obvious victim as David Moyes plans big West Ham change
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Said Benrahma the obvious victim as David Moyes plans big West Ham change

Said Benrahma is the obvious victim as David Moyes plans big West Ham change following the shift in circumstances at the Hammers.

It was not so long ago West Ham fans were convinced Moyes did not fancy Benrahma.

He rarely started for West Ham last season after joining the Hammers – initially on loan before it was converted into a permanent £25m deal.

And when the skilful Algerian did get his chance Moyes often called for him to work harder, do more and make better decisions.

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The suggestion in West Ham circles last term was that Benrahma was a David Sullivan signing and therefore Moyes was not overly keen.

But the Scot has dismissed that talk. Indeed earlier this season Moyes admitted he had to take the taskmaster approach with Benrahma to mould him into the kind of player that suits his style.

“I think Said needed to take stock and settle in and realise he had to be a team player as much as an individual,” Moyes said earlier this season.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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“I think that he had not realised that he is part of a team and we have to do all the right things together and because of that he’s actually getting these goals, he’s making goals, which is what we brought him for.”

Benrahma started the season in superb form. And he set very high standards for himself.

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.

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Benrahma the obvious victim as Moyes plans big West Ham change

Well Benrahma looks to be the obvious victim if and when Moyes implements the big West Ham change he has hinted at – a switch to a back five.

There has been a change of circumstances at West Ham after Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out for the season with that crushing ACL injury blow.

And while most fans put the performance simply down to tiredness, many felt it was all too evident in the defeat at Wolves last time out.

After that defeat Moyes said he could look to switch to a back five – or back three with wingbacks depending on how you look at it – with Arthur Masuaku a candidate to come in.

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If Moyes does that – and he may well trial it against Rapid Wien on in the Europa League on Thursday night – then Benrahma looks to be the obvious one to drop out of the side.

Certainly for the Premier League games should Moyes make the big switch.

Of course it will all depend on fitness and injuries.

But with all his remaining players fit, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen would likely play alongside Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice behind Michail Antonio.

That would leave the West Ham side looking something like this:

Fabianski, Johnson or Coufal, Zouma, Dawson or Diop, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio.

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