Said Benrahma has found game-time hard to come by since his October switch to West Ham United but, on Monday night, he fired a huge message to David Moyes with a phenomenal showing.
The Irons defeated Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor to move back into top-four contention and the Algerian winger played an integral role in the result. Moyes’ men are now just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who defeated them last week to leapfrog them into the Champions League qualification berths.
Moyes may well want to consider his involvement from the off in their final four games after such a creative performance, certainly if Monday night’s outing is anything to go by.
Whilst he is yet to score a league goal for the Hammers since arriving from Brentford, Benrahma added his fifth assist of the campaign when Michail Antonio poked home his low cross from close range to seal the three points at Turf Moor.
As per SofaScore figures, the 25-year-old winger was graded amongst West Ham’s star performers with a rating of 7.7, which was only bettered by the aforementioned goalscorer (9.0), who bagged a brace, and Vladimir Coufal (7.9), who delivered the assist for the opener.
Similarly, the Evening Standard‘s Jack Rosser claimed that it was “one of his best performances” for the club. Benrahma recorded a squad and match-high five key passes, which included one big chance created as he proved to be a major attacking outlet for Moyes’ side. He also recorded four shots on the night.
He is averaging just 0.9 key chances per match in the league this term, so he was certainly making a point with these impressive returns during a cold evening in Lancashire.
The tricky winger was a constant nuisance, often cutting in to try and find that elusive maiden goal. He recorded four shots, made 93% of his passes and successfully pulled off 100% of his dribbling attempts, via SofaScore.
Burnley right-back Matthew Lowton, who lost 50% of his battles with him, and his fellow defensive teammates simply struggled to contain the sensational Algeria international.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Moyes lauded his the £18m-rated dynamo, saying (via TEAMtalk): “He played well tonight but he has even more consistency to come – asking the boys to succeed in their first season in the Premier League is not easy. I hope he adds that [goals and assists] to us. I always thought it would take him a little longer. He’s a really good team player.”
Benrahma will undoubtedly be disappointed by the lack of action he has received this season but he has just made one hell of a statement with that display, especially as he was fasting for Ramadan, which makes it all that more spectacular.
It’ll be hard for Moyes to omit him from the starting XI in the coming weeks.