Date: 16th December 2020 at 5:05pm
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The Athletic’s West Ham United correspondent has drawn a comparison between Algerian winger Said Benrahma and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

During the summer transfer window, the Hammers sealed the attacker on loan from Brentford with an obligation to make the move permanent (per BBC).

Since then, the 25-year-old forward has bagged two assists over five appearances in the Premier League (per Transfermarkt).

In comparison, Grealish has made 10 appearances in the Premier League for the Villans so far this season, bagging five goals and six assists.

During the latest episode of The Athletic’s U Irons podcast, though, Thomas drew a comparison between the two forwards.

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He said: “My half-time assessment of [the Leeds] game was [to] keep giving Benrahma the ball, just keep giving him the ball.

“In the previous podcast [we mentioned that] during the game against Aston Villa, Jack Grealish was absolutely running things in midfield and it was sort of similar to Benrahma’s performance against Leeds.

“That first-half performance, my word. I was like, ‘This guy.’ First of all, [David] Moyes has clearly been listening to the podcast and second of all, I was like, ‘Hallelujah! Benrahma has finally been unleashed!’

“We’ve all been seeing this over the past few weeks when he’s been coming off the bench, we all know how talented he is. So, the fact he was doing it from minute one – just terrorising their defenders.”

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As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believed that Benrahma’s performance against Leeds was like Grealish’s against the Hammers.

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During the performances in question, Grealish delivered a stellar 9.22/10 performance rating against West Ham and Benrahma delivered a much weaker 6.98/10 against Leeds.

The Villa attacker made a whopping five key passes and performed eight dribbles against the Irons, whereas Benrahma made one key pass and performed three dribbles against the Whites.

So, while the Algerian’s performance was still impressive at Elland Road, the stats appear to suggest that it was nowhere near the level of what Grealish delivered against Moyes’ outfit.