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Benrahma doesn’t look a Moyes choice

By Sean Whetstone

Said Benrahma is a flair player more akin to Felipe Anderson and the the type of player Manuel Pellegrini would sign rather than a typical David Moyes type .

Benrahma tore up the Championship for Brentford with his mesmerising technical qualities and marvelous dribbles.

But his razor-sharp turning circle, vast array of tricks, feints, shimmies, step overs and nutmegs are not from the Moyes school of football.

It’s therefore puzzling that Moyes would sanction the sale of one left winger in the form of Grady Diangana for £18m, agree the loan of another left sided winger in the guise of Brazilian Felipe Anderson to FC Porto and bring in a third flair winger of similar type to replace them –

Something doesn’t quite add up and word is that the manager prefers Josh King who is a striker by trade who can play at left wing or the second striker role.

A few weeks ago we were told that we had too many wide players. What has changed since then?

It’s not surprising that the agent’s name Will Salthouse – as Benrahma’s agent – is regularly mentioned in these debates given that he is developing something of a monopoly on Hammers players!

I am confused -maybe I shouldn’t be! The simple fact is  the young Brentford player doesn’t look anything like a normal Moyes player.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

15 comments on “Benrahma doesn’t look a Moyes choice

  1. This site makes me laugh. This has Sullivan written all over it yet Sean prejudices opinion towards the manager with throwaway comments such as ‘sanctioned by Moyes.’ This is Sullivan all over and shame on you for siding against the manager. None of us wanted Moyes, but he is here so should be given the chance to stamp his mark on the team.

    This signing will entirely be Sullivan. Salthouse involved and a flair player for big money – money that should be spent on the defence: but that position is not glamorous enough for Sullivan to spend on.

    The sooner Sullivan and his cronies do one, the better. We could have had proven defenders and not been scrabbling for Watford cast-offs. And shame on you Sean for sneakily knocking the manager in these stories, when we all know where the real issues lie.

    • U ve got it all wrong mate and if we make you laugh good. Don’t care why. It can hardly be made any bloody clearer we believe it’s a Sullivan signing. You just don’t like us but you’ uve chosen the wrong article. Look at the bloody headline. Some people for crying out loud. Nor did Sean say he sanctioned the sale but that it unlikely he would do so to buy another of the same type

      • So are we all happy or would be have preferred to have kept grady,
        Im in the keep grady camp
        Also would have preferred to keep cullen

      • Fair comments.
        Also, who appointed anyone else as spokesperson for the the whole supporter-base (“NONE of Us wanted Moyes”).
        The problem has been that too many are good at the negatives but woefully lacking in much positive.
        So, Who did WE want?
        The club has needed consolidation for many years not this pie in the sky Europe and Beyond (fed by Sullivan). That being the case, there are none with better proven abilities than the likes of Moyes and BFS.
        We’ve seen what £3million a year buys and where we end up.
        I would hope that Moyes is given time and the funds to buy the kind of players suited, first to survival, then consolidation and perhaps then to looking up.
        During that time, he should also look to train up a suitable successor.
        Whether we like it or not, the passion to import overseas players, regardless of ability, let alone suitability, is an extremely costly one and has hopefully been halted at our club.
        Lower league British clubs will continue to hold to ransom PL clubs to maximise their return, as is being demonstrated in the subject of this article.

    • I am happy with Moyes. Since the restart, we have beaten Chelsea, Wolves, and Leicester, scoring ten goals in the process. No flair? Come on. We thrashed Norwich, cruised past Watford, and should have got something from Arsenal. We have had just a couple of dodgy results, including losing to Newcastle. Moyes has done this with a totally unbalanced squad he inherited, while reinventing Antonio and Masuaku, and tightening up a leaky defence. Would be interesting to know what he has to do to get even grudging support from the haters?

      • You’ll get booted off every single west ham site for this sort of positivity!!! I’m totally ashamed to be a west ham fan with some of the clowns who supposedly support us . Try our best to make arsenal TV look sensible!

  2. I just hope the GSB do not put pressure on the manager to drop Fornals in order to play Benrahma (if he signs).

    Josh King should be our priority……. maybe not a pretty to watch, but he works his nuts off, and can play wide or as a striker.

    Benrahma looks great in Youtube snippets, but can he man-up enough to play in the Prem? Or would he go missing like in the play-off final.

    If we sign him, I hope he proves me wrong, and he shows the world that he isn’t just a show pony.

  3. I don’t care who’s signing he is,if we get him I’d be over the moon fantastic player and if you can play in the championship you can play in the Premier league unlike Anderson who bottles every tackle since he got done at sheff utd last season and never tracked back when the attacks broke diwn. Dawson will be good cover for a couple of seasons and if we get king I’d be happy ⚒️⚒️

  4. Ha ha ha I just won a bet ,,just knew something like this would happen ..what a complete joke and waste of time and money…my god this club just keeps on giving in the most unprofessional club league ,,,🤣🤣🤣👏👏👏👏

  5. Dawson isn’t either!!! He’s only played 90 minutes against Newport this season and they lost that game 3-1… what is going on at West Ham?

  6. Mate of mine who is a Brentford fan would beg to differ. Reckons that whilst he is clearly a flair player, he’s also hard working who happily backtracks.

    It’s a misapprehension that Moyes doesn’t like flair, but he wants flair players who work for the team too.

  7. Pretty unfair assessment yet again as is usual for Moyes detractors. Yes Moyes likes players who work hard both attacking and defensive, however the often repeated untrue statement that Moyes doesnt like a flair player is untrue. He just knows you can’t have a whole team full of flair players because it dies t work. It’s well known that he wanted Felipe Anderson to be that player but Anderson wasn’t producing. Moyes likes flair players if they are producing, providing assists and goals because then he can see their valid to the team but he likes players who work hard fir the team. Benrahma is the type of flair player Moyes likes because he is just as likely to pass to a team mate in a better position as he is to try and score himself. He’s a flair player but he’s a team player. In comparison to a player like Anderson who will try and go it alone by default. Which is fine if you can pull it off but Anderson came up short way to often in the premier league.
    Moyes said to Anderson something along the lines of “ you’re a Brazilian aren’t you? You’re supposed to take players on, go past people, create assists and score goals. In short Moyes tried everything to encourage Anderson to be that flair player in the same way he did with Marko Arnoutavic but Anderson was a different character, wheras Arnautovic enjoyed being a showman and giving Moyes what he wanted, Anderson was never going to be that character.

  8. Would love to see him at West Ham and move fornals in to he’s natural position as a more central attacking midfielder. But it does sound like a Sullivan transfer more than Moyes but if we did sign him would Moyes play him? Seems like the rich midget is at he’s own tricks again!

  9. If this is true (that Benrhama is not Moyes choice) then it raises the question as to why we even put in an offer for him

    If Sully doesn’t stop meddling in transfers then we are truly doomed – any decent manager will walk away and others won’t touch us with a barge pole

    I remember some posters on here wanted Pochettino or Ancelotti – great managers but why would they want to come to West Ham to deal with a Chairman who considers himself the greatest manager of all?

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