Said Benrahma may well be given a huge chance to shine for West Ham against Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Hammers face our biggest game for 16 years at The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in two day’s time.
Sevilla was the hardest Europa League last-16 draw that West Ham could have been given but the the Spaniards certainly won’t be relishing playing against us, that’s for sure.
Julen Lopetegui faces somewhat of an injury crisis on his hands as well, as covered right here on Hammers News.
David Moyes has his own problems though with key man Jarrod Bowen expected to miss out in Seville after suffering a knock against Liverpool on Saturday (The Athletic).
One man’s loss is another man’s opportunity, however, as the saying goes…
West Ham ace Said Benrahma to be given big chance vs Sevilla
With Bowen out injured, it may well be the Algerian’s time to shine.
He joined the Hammers on a permanent £25 million deal in January 2021, having spent the previous three months at the London Stadium on a £4 million loan deal (Eurosport).
Despite the odd glimpses of magic last season, Benrahma disappointed on the whole.
And despite making an impressive start to the 2021/22 campaign, his form has once again falling off the face of a cliff.
Benrahma has bagged nine goals and 11 assists in 67 games in all competitions for West Ham United (Transfermarkt).
That quite simply isn’t good enough for a player with his talent.
The 26-year-old seems to be suffering a real confidence crisis and he is obviously a player who thrives on feeling important, and being told just how good he is.
He has often been stuck out on the left-hand flank and regularly passes the ball backwards when he receives it. He seems to be scared of giving the ball away every time he’s in possession. That is the absolute worst thing for a mercurial play-maker who is expected to make things happen.
Benrahma quite simply needs to do a lot more. He should be taking games by the scruff of the neck. the Algerian winger needs to stand up and be counted. He needs to show Moyes that he is undroppable.
Away at Sevilla on Thursday night, West Ham must be prepared to have possession for only 30-35% of the game. When we do have it, we absolutely must make it count.
And if Bowen doesn’t play, Said Benrahma will most likely be given a huge opportunity to impress. The way things have gone for him this season, he probably doesn’t have too many more of those left under David Moyes.