Said Benrahma struggled to be the spark that West Ham needed as their unbeaten run continued with a 0-0 draw at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
David Moyes lambasted his side’s attacking play as “poor” to reporters after the game and it’s easy to see why after they registered only three shots on target from 13 attempts, whilst they also dominated possession (58%), via SofaScore.
The Algerian maestro lasted just 63 minutes before he was hooked for new summer signing Nikola Vlasic, who the fans have already taken a liking to after an impressive debut and cameo from the bench.
Benrahma was rather sloppy in possession, managing to make just 72% of his 36 passing attempts, which was the second-lowest of any Irons player on the day. He also lost the ball a squad-high 16 times, gifting the ball back into the hands of the home side.
Furthermore, the £26m-rated dynamo struggled to beat his man, failing to register a single successful dribble and on top of that, both of his shots were blocked, so evidently, he was lacking in the final third.
In fact, football.london graded the 26-year-old as Moyes’ worst player at St Mary’s Stadium, handing him a 4/10. “A very quiet first-half from the Algerian who saw little of the ball and struggled to make an impact in the game. Eventually replaced by new signing Nikola Vlasic,” they wrote.
In comparison to the Hammers’ opening three matches, Benrahma was way off the standards he had previously set. Against Newcastle United and Leicester City, he contributed a total of two goals and two assists, and created five key chances, as per WhoScored.
He’ll have to get back to that level in the coming matches, especially with Vlasic hot on his tail, vying for that starting spot in Moyes’ XI.
Despite Michail Antonio receiving his marching orders, in what Moyes could only describe as “stupid“, it was the 11-cap winger badly let the Scotsman and the West Ham side down with a disappointing display on the south coast this weekend.
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