They may have left it late, but West Ham got the job done on Friday night as they beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park.
The Hammers didn’t look at their best all night, but Tomas Soucek – who else? – was in the right place at the right time to fire home from close range and give David Moyes’ side all three points in a hard-fought encounter on Merseyside.
But whilst the West Ham boss will rightly be pleased with the result, one man who he will be extremely disappointed with, is Said Benrahma.
The summer signing from Brentford has yet to start firing at the London Stadium, although that’s largely down to the fact he just hasn’t played enough – in fact, Friday’s clash against Everton was the first time he had completed the full 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
He hasn’t scored a single goal in the top-flight for his new club, and that run didn’t look like ending against the Toffees.
As per Sofascore, he lost 12 duels over the course of the game, by far the most of any West Ham player. He also lost possession 19 times (another team-high), and that led to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg to slam that he “needs to toughen up” and that he gets “knocked off the ball too easily”.
When he did have the ball, he hardly created anything. He completed just one of his four attempted dribbles, had no shots on goal whatsoever, provided no accurate crosses, and delivered just one key pass.
Moyes may have played him in a number ten role instead of out wide, but the Hammers boss will rightly feel the Algeria international should have delivered a lot more than he actually did.
Here was his big chance to impress, and he completely blew it.