West Ham United fans were always excited at the prospect of signing Said Benrahma but many weren’t sure David Moyes was.
West Ham were heavily linked with Benrahma throughout the summer before finally signing him on the domestic deadline.
Reports, including from West Ham insiders such as Claret & Hugh, had cast doubt over whether Benrahma was wanted by Moyes.
Insiders claimed Benrahma was not a Moyes choice
Claret & Hugh – and others – repeatedly claimed said Josh King was in fact Moyes’s preferred target while the owners wanted Benrahma.
The Algerian was eventually signed on a season-long loan deal with an obligation to buy pending a successful second medical at the end of the campaign.
As a result questions were raised as to whether Moyes was indeed in full control of West Ham’s transfers.
Benrahma’s lack of game time since has been used to back up such claims.
Lack of game time used to support claims but Moyes insists Algerian was HIS signing
But Moyes has made it abundantly clear the playmaker was HIS signing ahead of the game against Sheffield United.
And he has raved about West Ham’s new star in waiting during an interview with Sky Sports.
“What attracted me was his goals and his assists,” Moyes told Sky Sports about the man who has 58 goal involvements in 96 games over the last two seasons with Brentford and two games for West Ham – 30 of them goals and 28 assists.
“We’ve had a good look and he’s getting there.
‘I’ve been really pleased with him’
“He’s in a better condition. At the time (when he was signed in October) he was probably looking to get away and needed some work done.
“But I’ve been really pleased with him. Obviously he got an assist against Fulham before giving the penalty away but the truth is we brought him in to play at the top end of the pitch, not the bottom end of the pitch.”
Moyes is slowly feeding Benrahma into the team as he did with the likes of Jarrod Bowen.
And if Benrahma ends up having the same impact West Ham have got a lot to look forward to.