Said Benrahma a boy amongst men!


Hughie Southon gives his verdict on Said Benrahma following the Premier League game which finished West Ham 1-2 Liverpool

Tonight’s game was one for men.

We had ten of them on the pitch…the boy was Benrahma!

Despite correctly expecting watching a hugely exciting match I had made my mind up beforehand to keep a particular eye on the Algerian after what I considered some poor recent performances.

West Ham_Said Benrahma

Said Benrahma

I hate to be immensely critical of Hammers players  and therefore was determined – as far as possible – to be as honest as possible.

And the truth is, he was awful again. I look at him and Paqueta and wonder how on earth they can be in the same team!

Not once did I see him track back, never mind make a tackle, and as the opponents saw him standing off the man in possession, they simply ran round him or by-passed him. He did nothing at any time to help stop an attack as a result.

And when the time came for him to show off his step-overs etc he was either robbed or fired tamely wide or into the keeper’s arms.

I would be pleased if someone can tell me what he’s got and why a much more Moyes type player in the energetic Pablo Fornals isn’t in the team instead of him.

With such as United and City on the horizon. every member of the team is really going to have to put everything in.

Sadly, Benny, of late, doesn’t seem to have anything at all to put in!

Surely the manager must realise after this evening the time has come to give him a nice long rest!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Clive says:

    Moyes can’t win because when it comes to Benny because when he doesn’t play him or subs him it’s Moyes who gets stick for it and told he doesn’t know what he’s doing but when Moyes does play him and he’s rubbish it’s Moyes who gets the blame for playing him. I think now though more people are realising why Moyes isn’t always happy with Benrahma. He isn’t a team player, he goes missing defensively. He can be a game changer on his day but at the moment he’s doing nothing attacking wise it defensively. If he was scoring loads of goals we probably wouldn’t mind too much but at the moment he’s doing nothing but cost us goals. I agree, time for Benny to be rested. In a dogfight we need players who can stand up and be counted.

  • joethewindsurfer says:

    Totally agree Hugh. Cannot for the life of me undetstand why Benrahma has such a fan club. Absolutely awful player. Gives us nothing on the left side. Another mediocre dislay tonight. Put through early when unmarked and managed yet again to fluff his lines. As he usually does. Doesn’t track back, loses the ball often, Cannot cross or shoot. What is it with Moyes that he sticks with players who don’t perform. Would much rather see Fornals back on the left in the starting XI. Atleast he has some passion and maybe his goal at Bournemouth will give him the confidence to get back to the level he was at a year ago. And as to the genius in player recruitment who decided that because we had a lightweight snowflake left winger who wasn’t any good we should buy yet another snowflake left winger in Cornet who also doesn;t look much cop.. But that’s another story

  • geefunkhammer says:

    He was better in the second half but usual thing of massive frustration and no end product. Might as well give Maxi a start now he’s stayed fit for a while.

  • master says:

    Flat track bully.

    That could be said of west ham under Moyes, we only really beat the poor teams or those struggling for one reason or another.

    Similarly Benny is a lower 3rd PL player, he performs well against those teams.


  • Nicko says:

    Firstly, I admit I have have been a Benny supporter, but lately he is doing my head in.
    I am okay if he loses the ball occasionally in a bid to score or create chances for teammates but that percentage is very low. This morning 4:45am Australia time, I was yelling abuse at him. He has had now 2 years in the EPL and has not adapted as well as we all thought. Unlike Benny, Paqueta although he took 3/4 of a year to adapt, you knew he would and even early days did not shy of a tackle and was ****ed if somebody got on top of him. How good is he now?
    Unfortunately, at the moment, Benny is an impact player at best, and can smoke tired players when they are tired.
    BTW – although we looked a tad tired today, I thought we still had a go and could/should have had a draw.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Agree Hugh. I didn’t like it when he was, and is, subbed every game regardless, but that was more about Moyes subbing by numbers. His current form is off and logically he shouldn’t start, there is no reason to hold back Cornet, Fornals or Lanzini from this line up.

  • Me hammer says:

    I do not understand the hate some got for benrahma, none of the players get a dig like he does.

  • Limey says:

    ‘Hate’? No hate for Benrahma, maybe he’s being held accountable and ultimately culpable for his performances?

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