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West Ham must unleash Said Benrahma

West Ham United managed to get their Premier League campaign back on track with a solid win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.

Goals from Jarrod Bowen and summer arrival Gianluca Scamacca secured just their second win of the league campaign and will give them confidence going forward into a busy October.

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It wasn’t all good news, however, with another new arrival, Maxwel Cornet, suffering an injury in the tie.

This could present an opportunity for another West Ham winger, with Cornet’s injury potentially allowing him an extended run in the side.

On the chalkboard

It’s safe to say that Said Benrahma hasn’t quite made an impact so far this season. The winger has started just three league matches, averaging 51 minutes on the pitch, without contributing a goal or an assist in these games.

This is in total contrast to his form last season, as the 27-year-old scored eight league goals (11 overall) while chipping in with a further six assists. He played his part in West Ham having a formidable attacking three, alongside Michail Antonio and Bowen, with all three scoring 42 goals between them.

It marks a strange turn of events for Benrahma, a regular starter last season to what seems like a fringe player this term.

When Cornet went off against Wolves with an injury, David Moyes turned to Pablo Fornals – a more central attacking midfielder – instead of the Algerian, who is a natural left winger and this was a very strange omission by the manager.

In fact, Benrahma has created more big chances (5) than Fornals (0) this season while also making more key passes per game (1) than the Spaniard (0.6), proving why Moyes made the wrong decision in leaving the 27-year-old on the bench.

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A 2-0 victory ensured that this decision wouldn’t come back to haunt the manager, but the winger can offer so much to this West Ham side, with Sam Saunders amusingly suggesting in the past that he “could nutmeg a mermaid” during his days at Brentford.

He showed similar qualities to that last term and hopefully, the Cornet injury could be a silver lining for the £20k-per-week player who simply must now be unleashed.

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