Said Benrahma is now becoming one of the first names on the team sheet, but he must be given more time to develop.
Since joining the club on loan from Brentford in October, the Algerian has given West Ham a breath of fresh air in attack.
After struggling for game time upon his arrival, Benrahma has finally broke into the starting XI and has now started West Ham’s last four games.
The Algerian playmaker is usually a winger, but has recently been playing in a central attacking midfield role since coming into the side. The 25-year-old is yet to find the net but has produced two assists in 11 appearances.
As Benrahma finds himself featuring more in David Moyes’ team, fans have seen slight improvements in his performances. Often he is a key player in West Ham’s attack and offers an instinctive flair going forward.
With an agreement in place to make the transfer permanent in the summer, Benrahma is definitely a player that would be worth paying £20m for. Despite his lack of goal contributions so far, there is most definitely room for improvement.
His form at Brentford last season is evidence that he has it in him to be a stand out performer. He scored a remarkable 17 goals and produced 10 assists, taking Brentford to the Championship play-off final.
While he is yet to replicate that form in the Premier League, it shows that he has the potential to do so. His awareness on the pitch is evident when he plays but he just needs to learn to look after the ball more and make better decisions.
However, there are signs of improvement. In his last appearance, against West Brom, he had 87% pass accuracy, 100% successful dribbling attempts, two successful crosses and a shot on goal in 62 minutes – showing that he is willing to get forward and make something happen in attack.
Benrahma obviously has the talent and potential to be a great asset for the club, but he must acclimatise to the Premier League.
“It’s a step up for him.” said David Moyes two weeks ago.
“I said the same with Jarrod Bowen, I just know some of the boys from the Championship can hit the ground running and others need a bit of time.”
Now that Moyes has given him the chance to prove himself, Benrahma is beginning to show why we wanted to sign him in the first place. He will need time to improve, and slowly but surely he’ll become a top player for the Hammers.