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Irons big signing looks out in the cold

It remains to be seen of course but £30 million Said Benrahma may be struggling to find a position in the new Hammers set up following the victory over Wolves.

It would be a big surprise were the boss to change much on Wednesday evening as we wrote yesterday with Manu Lanzini looking precisely the player we bought for £8 million from Al Jazira nearly seven years back.

It’s been a long time coming but following his re-World Cup injury in training he now looks a star in this Hammers team and Benny is going to have a tough time dislodging him from the side.

Once again he was close to man of the match status thrilling those who have always been huge fans of the diminutive Argentine.

Pablo Fornals could hardly have done better down the left and with Jarrod Bowen being pushed up alongside Mikey Antonio Moysie could hardly have got things more right.

A keener killer touch in front of goal and the Hammers can remain well and truly in the top six race after one or two of us had some doubts after the recent run of results.

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And a massive word of praise for Kurt Zouma’s professionalism since the domestic incident with his pet. We don’t need to repeat ours and others personal ill will over that but he has been near man or indeed man  of the match in games since and that’s a tribute to him.

Jarrod Bowen was criticised for his performance in some areas yesterday but his link up with Mikey was clearly very menacing at times as the no 9 came back to somewhere near his best.

Can’t wait for Wednesday evening and I’ll be backing the Irons for another 1-0 win.

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7 comments on “Irons big signing looks out in the cold

  1. Hopefully he will be gone in the summe, another Sullivan transfer disaster, he’s lazy, inconsistant , & moody & is not fit to lace Lanzini’s boots. He brings absolutely nothing to the team, lets just hope we don’t get stuck with him

  2. Benrahma needs to work on his game not shout at the manager. He has talent but too often plays for himself. Learn to link with simple passes, get a picture and anticipate near the box, stop lashing a shot every time regardless. Picking your moments is a massive skill.

  3. Benni has divided opinion between supporters ever since he arrived at this club. Ingrained within this club’s supporters is a need to be excited by players of ability, skill and the occasional maverick (see Di Canio). But in today’s game, the days of the “Maverick” are long gone, work ethic, discipline and teamwork are essential elements for any player of ability and Benni is not excluded from that group of players.

    Benni throwing tantrums at this stage is simply ridiculous, as he is still at first base.
    I’d like to know, In what top-four team in the Premier League could he walk into or hold down a place?
    It wouldn’t surprise me if he does get moved on for an upgrade.

    • Can’t agree that Lanzini was anywhere near MoM. Didn’t think he was that good. Getting back to fitness probably. Not decisive enough IMHO. His shooting was average.
      Think Benrhama should be given the same role. It may give him a kick up the arse. Would play Vlasic too instead of Antonio for the cup.

  4. I’m still willing to give Benny a chance to prove that he can adapt into the PL player we hope he can be, but you’re right, The Cat, he wouldn’t get into any of the top 4 teams right now and needs to emulate Bowen’s progression – trust and listen to the manager and work on his game.

    Over the past decade, we’ve evolved into a team that buys relative unknowns, cheaply, from foreign or lower leagues (which is a lottery) into a team that tries to buy better-knowns with higher values from foreign or lower leagues. The next step in our progression, if we want to cement a top 6 place, is to buy well-knowns, with higher values from other clubs in the Premier League (or other top leagues).

    • Agreed Buddy, I also feel Benny can adapt and he is the type of player that we love at this club, but he NEEDS to get his head down, listen and adapt, if he can do that… then he has a massive future at this club.

      Imagine him throwing a tantrum with Pep? It would probably be the last thing that he does under him at Citeh. Good managers demand excellence and Good players deliver it.

  5. I have never thought that his signing was a Moyes decision. In my opinion Benrahma is too lightweight and slight for a Moyes player. He can’t tackle and doesn’t take full backs on when he plays out wide, as he did for Brentford. He constantlly makes the wrong decisions in the final third. Lanzini is a far better option at No.10. Benrahma is only ever going to be good enough to be a substitute in a future Moyes side if we want to make top 6 – 4 regularly

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