West Ham sealed the deadline day signing of Benrahma but the move divided opinion among some Hammers fans.
The suggestion from some West Ham fans – particularly on social media – is that Benrahma won’t work hard enough to suit a David Moyes side.
The likes of Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek have transformed West Ham into a hard-working, energetic team.
But the suggestion that Benrahma is lazy is in itself, lazy.
Lazy to suggest Benrahma is lazy
Benrahma has been playing for one of the most high intensity pressing teams in the Championship. That’s 46 games of defending from the front first minute to the last. And with great success.
The assumption from many has been that he is just about ‘flicks and tricks’.
It’s far too simplistic a view for people to paint him as lazy just because he is talented.
And in a goodbye message to Benrahma, Bees boss Thomas Frank made a mockery of such claims (BrentfordFC.com).
Frank comments from old boss make mockery of claims
“It is always sad to say goodbye to top players and to players that also have a great mentality, and there would never be a great time for Saïd to leave, but it was the right time for him to play in the Premier League and I am happy for him,” Frank said on the Brentford website.
“Said has developed massively in the past two years, his numbers of goals and assists speak for themselves.
“But his mentality, defensive work and pressing have all improved since he joined us.
“As a team we will miss him, and we wish him all the best.”
‘We’ve got Said, super Said’
West Ham fans love a maverick.
And the Hammers have needed a player like Benrahma ever since Dimitri Payet left the club three and a half years ago.
Benrahma has already endeared himself to West Ham fans before he has even kicked a ball in the claret and blue.
He pushed for a loyalty payment he was owed by Brentford so that he could donate it to pay the wages of over 100 staff at his old club.
And he brought his mum with him to his West Ham unveiling. It shows Benrahma is a down to earth character with the right morals.
Now West Ham fans can’t wait to see him in action.