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West Ham: David Moyes must unleash Said Benrahma vs Sevilla

While the heel injury West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen picked up in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday does not appear to be anything serious, David Moyes nevertheless confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the 25-year-old will be unavailable for selection for tonight’s Europa League round of 16 clash against Sevilla.

As such, the 58-year-old Hammers boss must decide who should come in to replace the winger against Julen Lopetegui’s side, with Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic appearing to be the two most likely candidates.

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However, while it is true that the Croatia international’s form has picked up somewhat in recent weeks, it is the 26-year-old Alergian who we believe would be the better choice of the two at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium this evening.

Moyes must unleash Benrahma

Indeed, it cannot be ignored that, following an extremely bright start to the current campaign, Benrahma has struggled to refind his impressive level of form prior to departing East London for the Africa Cup of Nations in January – with the winger having failed to score a goal or register an assist in his last six outings for the Hammers.

However, the £22.5m-rated forward’s returns over his six appearances – only two of which came as starts – in the Europa League earlier this season would appear to give him the edge over Vlasic, with the £58k-per-week dynamo having bagged three goals and created one big chance for his teammates in the competition, as well as taking an average of 2.3 shots and making 1.2 key passes per game.

These metrics saw the player who Joe Cole dubbed both “unplayable” and “exquisite” average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.22 in the Europa League, ranking him as the Irons’ fifth-best player in the tournament.

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In comparison, over Vlasic’s five starts in the competition, the £24.3m-rated forward failed to hit the back of the net, registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.6 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game – with these returns seeing the 24-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.76.

As such, with Moyes desperately looking to replace the 12 goals and 11 assists of Bowen against Sevilla, there would very much appear to only be one choice between the Vlasic and the player Jurgen Klopp recently labelled an “outstanding” talent.

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