Said Benrahma made the game difficult after moving to West Ham United in October, but on Monday night he sent a huge message to David Moyes with a phenomenal show.
Irons beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moore to return to the top four, and the Algerian winger played an integral part in the result. Now the Moyes men are just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who beat them last week to overtake them in the Champions League qualifiers.
Benrahma, who cost a total of £ 30 million, started only his 12th match of the season after a series of cameos from the bench.
Should Benrahma remain at the beginning of Moses’ XI?
YES – 100%
Moyes may want to consider his participation in their last four games after such a creative performance, for sure, if Monday night’s outing is something to go by.
Although he has yet to score a goal in the Hammers League since arriving from Brentford, Benrahma added his fifth assist in the campaign when Mikhail Antonio fired his low cross from close range to seal the three points at Turf Moore.
According to SofaScore data, the 25-year-old winger was ranked among West Ham’s star performers with a rating of 7.7, which was better only than the aforementioned goal scorer (9.0), who raised the bracket, and Vladimir Kufal (7.9) who delivered the opener assistance.
Similarly, Jack Rosser of the Evening Standard claims that this is “one of his best performances” for the club. Benrahma recorded a team and five key passes with the highest game, which included a great chance created as he proved to be the main attacking team for Moyes’ country. He also recorded four shots at night.
He averaged just 0.9 key odds of a league game during that term, so he certainly made a point with these impressive returns on a cold night in Lancashire.
The cunning wing was constantly annoying, often interfering to try to find this elusive maiden target. He recorded four shots, made 93% of his passes and successfully took out 100% of his dribble attempts, via SofaScore.
Burnley right-back Matthew Lawton, who lost 50% of his battles with him, and his team-mates on defense were simply struggling to contain the sensational Algerian national team.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Moyes praised his 18-pound dynamo, saying (via TEAMtalk): “He played well tonight, but there is even more consistency – he wants the boys to succeed in their first season in the Premier League. it is not easy. I hope to add that [goals and assists] about us. I always thought it would take him a little longer. He is a really good team player. “
Benrahma will no doubt be disappointed with the lack of action he has received this season, but he has just made a hell of a statement with this display, especially after fasting for Ramadan, which makes it all more spectacular.
It will be difficult for Moyes to miss it from the starting XI in the coming weeks.
And in other news, Forget Antonio: Irons ‘Dynamo, which had 90 touches, was Moyes’ unmanifested hero against Burnley …