If West Ham fail to secure Jesse Lingard’s services on a permanent basis next season, David Moyes might look to sign a replacement for the Manchester United attacker.
Lingard contributed 14 goals in 16 Premier League appearances following his January arrival from United to help the Hammers qualify for Europe for the first time for five years.
But Dean Windass told Football FanCast that Moyes might not have to splash the cash in a bid to replace Lingard.
Step forward Said Benrahma. The Algerian star arrived at the London Stadium on Deadline Day in a £26m deal last October, but generally played a bit-part role in his first campaign as a Premier League player.
Benrahma did chip in with seven assists, bettered only by Aaron Cresswell, but the ex-Brentford forward made just 14 league starts, and scored just the once, although it was a belting equaliser at Brighton last month which rescued a point.
Despite his difficult first 12 months in east London, Windass believes that with Lingard’s future uncertain, this could be Benrahma’s opportunity to step up to the plate.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“Benrahma has got a massive season ahead of him, go into that Jesse Lingard role on the left.”
Asked whether he could essentially be Lingard’s replacement, Windass continued: “Yes. £26m, you have got to step up now. And the boy is a talent by the way, don’t get me wrong but that will be his place on the left-hand side now.”