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Benrahma records a dreadful statistic

Manager David Moyes regularly decided to play it cool on Said Benrahma’s performances since he arrived from Brentford.

He has time and again made it clear that the  £25 million signing from Brentford needs time to adjust to the Premier League.

Quite how long is a mute question because this far he has made 31 appearances – some very brief to be fair – and is without a goal whilst failing to make a serious impact in most games.

He had his best chance to score his first goal for us yesterday afternoon when he rose unmarked to head wide from a beautifully lofted ball from Pablo Fornals.

Without being harsh it was an awful miss which should have been buried with the minimum of fuss.

But that wasn’t the only problem because his entire afternoon was an exercise in flattering to deceive and one dreadful stat will cause grave concern to everybody.

He lost possession of the ball 17 times throughout the match (SofaScore) and failed to have a telling impact on the game.

At the price we paid this really shouldn’t be a learning and adjustment Premier League experience.

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13 comments on “Benrahma records a dreadful statistic

  1. He had a great game against Burnley. Play him against bottom 10 teams, allowing him to play at a suitable level.

  2. Im not going to get into the who bought him drama again as that a road to nowhere but I will say this . . .
    All players that are bought from the Championship are a bit of a punt and Said ar the minute keeps finishing just outside the winners enclosure.

  3. He also holds the current record for shots made without scoring. Think the number wad 33 or so but can’t remember. Hope he comes around soon, I think the last couple games his decision making improved (pass vs finish).

  4. Send him back to Brentford.

    • Would be glad to have him back at Brentford. It was quite clear from the start that Moyes didn’t want him and that it was a ‘Board’ decision. On that basis the criticism from Moyes was totally unjustified.

    • Yes pkease if we go up, never a West Ham signing would suit Leeds more. West Ham have done well playing the way they do but its not my cup of tea.

  5. There is something in the back of mind saying that Moyes may try to use him in a transfer deal for Toney of Brentwood. Don’t think it’s too bad of an idea to be fair and wouldn’t blame him.

    • Brentford would not be able to pay him what west ham pay so it’s a non starter ,and ivan toney will cost 35 million and want assurances he is first choice every week, .he is more of a west ham player but I can’t see it.

  6. Mute question? Who’s asking?

  7. Hold on – the same stats show Antonio lost possession 24 times with only 66% passing accuracy. Said had 84% accuracy. Lingard lost possession 15 times. Have we got grave concerns about players too, or is this just lazy journo’s fluff?


  8. Moyes signing or not we can see why he doesn’t get so many minutes. Ship him here ship him there. He’s being developed. Personally I reckon he’ll get his long awaited goal THIS season.

  9. As a statistician I believe that Statistics can be misleading – Everton had decided to double up on him – I think Bowen (and later Yarmolenko) were similarly unsuccessful (if one were to look at minutes played and loss of possession per 10 minutes)

    We have 3 games left – let us see how he performs in those – I agree that he should have buried the header – like Mikey should have scored against Arsenal when Benrahma played it across goal and Jay Rodrigues should have scored for Burnley against us – players miss sitters – it is part of football

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