West Ham United welcome defending champions Manchester City to the London Stadium for a Carabao Cup Round of 16 clash tonight.
David Moyes will be looking for his side to make a statement of intent, having defeated local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to move into the top four in the Premier League on Sunday.
However, the Scotsman will be facing several dilemmas as he knows that the Irons are back in top-flight action this weekend, when they’ll head to Aston Villa before another away trip, this time travelling to Belgium to face Genk in the Europa League.
Therefore, he could look to rotate several members of his starting XI. One man who could be axed is Said Benrahma, who endured quite a quiet afternoon against the Lilywhites.
The Algerian winger has been an influential player under Moyes this term. He started the season with a goal and assist in both their opening matches against Newcastle United and Leicester City respectively and he has since added one further goal, scoring against Manchester United, via Transfermarkt.
However, Benrahma is now without a direct goal contribution in four straight games, with his performance on Sunday a little concerning. Perhaps he could do with a recharge of the batteries before featuring in their next two fixtures.
As per SofaScore, the £26m-rated dynamo was graded as the Hammers’ lowest-rated starter (6.2) by quite some margin. He failed to offer any sort of creativity, registering no key passes, only 23 accurate passes and no successful crosses.
With City expected to dominate possession, it could be wise for Moyes to opt for someone else in the role who could provide the tireless work-rate needed to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s wide threats.
It would be a ruthless and big call, but one which could benefit the Irons for his match alone. Moyes must look to axe Benrahma from his starting XI tonight.