Speaking recently on the U Irons podcast, Roshane Thomas called for David Moyes to ‘unleash’ Said Benrahma in West Ham United’s fixture against Manchester United this Saturday.
Since moving to West Ham from Brentford in what is initially a season-long loan deal that will become a £20.79 million permanent move next summer, Benramha has yet to start a game for David Moyes’ side.
However, despite playing a total of just 64 Premier League minutes so far this season, the £19.8 million-rated 25-year-old has still managed to impress, providing two assists over his three appearances.
The latest of these assists came in the club’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Monday, and Benrahma’s performance in the match has led Thomas, who was speaking on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, to call for the winger to start against Manchester United this weekend.
He said (14:22: “I definitely think he deserves to start against Manchester United and I feel like [he could come in] in place of [Pablo] Fornals. Obviously, Fornals’ transformation over the past 12 months has been really good, [he’s] become a good player for West Ham.
“But that first half [against Aston Villa], in particular, [was] probably the worst I’ve seen him play. He was really poor, in my opinion. He hardly touched the ball, was hardly a threat and I feel like you [should] start Benrahma in place of Fornals and unleash him, you unleash him, make him terrify the United defence because they’re not in great form at the minute.”
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From Thomas’ comments, it is evident that the journalist is keen for Moyes to start Benrahma in place of Fornals, in the hope that the winger can terrorise the Manchester United backline.
And, we have to say, if Benrahma can rediscover his electric form while playing for Brentford last season, when he scored 17 goals and provided nine assists over his 46 Championship fixtures, in our opinion, he could well cause a Manchester United defence that has already conceded 16 goals this season a whole host of problems, as well as a great many other Premier League backlines over the course of the season.