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West Ham’s left flank exodus

West Ham’s left flank exodus raises questions
In his post- match press conference, West Ham boss David Moyes has shed light on the decisions behind letting go of Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma during the January transfer window, addressing lingering questions about the move and its impact on the squad.

Both Fornals and Benrahma found themselves on the fringes of the West Ham squad, struggling to secure regular playing time. This, coupled with their clear desire to seek opportunities elsewhere, played a significant role in their departures.

Moyes emphasised the need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and free up space for potential signings. However, he also highlighted the importance of respecting the players’ wishes, stating, “And because of that you get to a point…where you’re going to say ‘do we keep them just for the sake of it?”.

Benrahma-West Ham_David Moyes has admitted the Algerian wanted to leave

West Ham’s left flank exodus saw Benrahma move to Lyon

Whilst reports suggested replacing both players was a priority, ultimately no new left-sided attacker joined the Hammers squad. This has exposed a potential imbalance on the left flank, as Moyes himself admitted after the recent Manchester United defeat.

Lyon secured Benrahma on a £5.1m loan with a £12.3m purchase option, while Fornals moved to Real Betis for an undisclosed fee estimated to be between £5-7m.

West Ham fans and pundits alike remain divided on the decision. While some understand the reasoning behind letting go of unhappy players, others question the potential consequences of weakening the squad without adequate replacements. The team’s performance in the coming weeks will likely dictate whether Moyes’ gamble pays off.


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One comment on “West Ham’s left flank exodus

  1. I would like to think the team’s performance in the coming weeks will likely dictate whether Moyes gets to keep his job after this whole debacle. What a bloody mess!

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