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£30m for Benrahma and Lingard? Bargain

West Ham paid £30m for Said Benrahma in the January transfer window.

The Brentford man came in on loan initially but the deal was made permanent in order to facilitate the loan signing of Jesse Lingard.

Now, of course, it’s worth saying that Benrahma really hasn’t had that many minutes.

In fact, he’s made just nine starts in the Premier League and has played just 49 of them in the last three games.

Some might be asking whether that’s value for money.

But let’s look at it this way: Without paying the £30m for Benrahma, we wouldn’t have the sheer brilliance of the Man United man.

He has come in on loan and has set the world on fire; he’s scoring goals, providing assists, and changing matches.

As a double deal, paying £30m to bring in Benrahma, who could well become a proper star during his time at the Hammers once he has properly settled into the club, and Lingard looks more and more like a bargain every single week.

David Moyes regularly gives players the time they need to develop and grow; he rarely rushes them in and tells them to play to their previous level.

It will take time for Benrahma but we’re confident that he’ll eventually come good.

Lingard is also making waves but he is doing so more immediately, and he is, ironically, keeping Benrahma on the bench.

But having the two of them means our squad is as deep as it has ever been, particularly in the attacking midfield positions.

They are two absolutely superb players at different stages of their career.

£30m for the pair is the kind of deal that makes fans rub their eyes and ask: “How did we pull that off?!”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

6 comments on “£30m for Benrahma and Lingard? Bargain

  1. I can’t tell whether this is written with a straight face or as satire considering:

    a. we only have Lingard on lone and it will cost another 20M to get him, and
    b. we could easily have done the same with Dawson for 2-3M and got Lingard on said loan.

    But well done was tham for the brilliant business?

  2. If we can sign Lingard permanently then thats good, I am hoping that Benrahma learns from him and improves as a result, Benrahma has a lot of quality but needs more end product and goals, he knows where the net is because he found it often enough at Brentford but like Bowen seems to have lost his scoring boots, hopefully Moyes and the team can find a way to get that into their games.

  3. Getting Lingard was a great deal – with mutual benefits. We have shown the Mancs what a good player he is; given the chance. He has shown us he enjoys wearing our claret and blue. Why give that impromptu crossed hammers sign if he doesn’t feel at home? I bet that went down well at Old Trafford. Let’s hope we get to enjoy him on a permanent basis. Benrahma is a great buy, too. Time will show what great additions to the Irons will prove to be.

  4. I was overjoyed to learn we was after lingard Would rather have seen Dawson signed permanently than Benrahma If Benrahma starts playing as Moyes thinks he can, I would be estastic But FOR ME, he n Fornals not up to scratch Yes Fornals runs all over park But how many tackles does he make? Benrahma hopefully improves

  5. 30 million well spent
    Hopefully European football next season

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