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Said Benrahma (Midfielder)

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Said Benrahma

Ain Temouchent, Algeria
Squad Number: 9
Position: Midfielder
Born: 10th Aug 1995 (Ain Temouchent, Algeria)
Signed: 16th Oct 2020 (£25,000,000)
Contract: 5 years
Previous Club: Brentford

 

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lanzini, 85) Cameo but had energy and running needed for it.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Nowhere near good enough in possession today. 56% pass accuracy, but he did dribble out well on a few occasions to start counters. It's so frustrating, and he is arguably suffering because the attack looks slightly worse in all areas. He doesn't deserve to remain the scapegoat, but Lanzini deserves a chance.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 90 minutes)

As mentioned, his displays are hugely affected by Antonio and it is hard for him to create a lot with an Antonio that isn't on form. But he was poor on the ball and two big moments in the attacking third didn't go well.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 25th November
(Played 25 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 65) Had the energy he always brings and looked confident on the ball, but should have squared to Vlasic.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

It didn't work for him today. Comparisons to Lingard are going to come now, and this is a game where you need a ball carrier like Lingard compared to the pockets Benrahma picks up. Lingard would have helped the midfield out, Benrahma isn't as good at that. It didn't help that the defence passed out poorly and the two wide men were not in the game, but he didn't adapt to change how he played and stamp some authority on the match.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

The performance midweek set the platform for this. All credit to him for his development in the defensive side because he?EUR(TM)s now married it with his attacking ability so that neither detracts from the other. Scared Alexander-Arnold with the ball at his feet and was more disciplined with it too.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Easily man of the match, he was unlucky not to have a hat trick and really took it upon himself to drag his side out of the mire. The second goal was pure individual brilliance, and it was his connection with the ball on both goals that made them hard for the goalkeeper to save, earning the luck that he got as both went through Vandevoordt's legs. Looked sharp, confident and the only one not unsettled by the shambles around him. The kind of performance that will remind many of his qualities.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

A little unlucky for him that the game opened up later on and he wasn?EUR(TM)t on at that point, but whilst he had his frustrating moments, in the first half he defended from the front excellently and kept to task more than others. Opened the midfield up for Rice?EUR(TM)s goal.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October
(Played 28 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Vlasic, 62) Brought on energy and had the skill to get round City players that seemed lacking from the team before. Took his penalty well under pressure.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

One of those games for him. He was getting close to doing good things and then picking the wrong pass or playing the pass poorly. Sometimes pressed well, but the whole team went deep and we didn't really stop them pushing forward and playing how they wanted.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 7 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 83) So little happened in the final ten minutes that it?EUR(TM)s worthless rating the performances.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 87 minutes)

Much to the chagrin of some of my KUMB colleagues, I won't slate Benrahma here. He was inconsistent and infuriating, but there were moments from him that no other player in the team could have produced and created chances with that. Some work on his shooting and final ball wouldn't go amiss, it appears to be entirely about composure rather than technical skill.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

Involved in a lot of good things but also should have done better with his efforts from outside the box. Faded late on and should have been replaced.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked the big threat in the first half and ghosted by players for fun. Came alive again late on and deserved his goal.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

An interesting one for Benrahma. When he was good, we were good, and he was the biggest threat in the first half. Not only that, he made two quite vital interceptions in and around his own penalty area when others were missing. Too harshly criticised by those who see him as a luxury.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Wednesday, 22nd September

Did not play.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Had the beating of Fred and McTominay whenever he wanted, it seemed, and presses well too. Floated in and out of things but looked the likeliest source of inspiration when he did. Deserved the luck for his goal, although it looked to be going wide.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 39 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lanzini, 51) Came into a game that was basically finished. Smart flashes and carried a bit of threat.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September
(Played 62 minutes)

Fine in the neat passages of play in ineffective areas, but not attuned to his teammates when it mattered. To be fair to him, it didn?EUR(TM)t really click for any of them, but the opportunities fell to the Algerian to create, and he couldn?EUR(TM)t.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August
(Played 90 minutes)

Back in the middle, Benrahma was very involved in an exciting first half. Played Antonio through in the lead-up to the opener. Not quite as good as Lingard at dropping into midfield and bringing the ball forward. Would have helped today.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August
(Played 90 minutes)

It?EUR(TM)s happening, Benrahma is clicking in this side and looks a star in the making. Oozed class throughout, took is goal brilliantly but even better was the perfect pass on his weaker foot to set up Fornals for the opener. The hints of Payet continue, and any areas he lacks in comparison are made up for with a growing work effort. Deserves the attention and praise he is bound to get, whilst Moyes deserves credit for how he has managed his introduction to the team.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 88 minutes)

Man of the Match. He was lively throughout and the Newcastle defence struggled to contain him. Since these struggles with a poor Newcastle team started, it has needed a player like Benrahma to break down these defences. Today it was proven so, and you could see his team and manager now trusted him too. His movement between the lines of midfield and defence is brilliant, his turn and touch fantastic. The vision matched them today.

vs Celtic

6-2: Saturday, 24th July
(Played 77 minutes)

A different class to anything Celtic had on the pitch. The goal was outstanding as was some of Said's passing. Seems to have bulked up a little since the end of last season. Very promising.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 22 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio, 68) Never really got into a game, but it was a game that had gone completely flat as it seemed the players waited for the season to end.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 72 minutes)

Faded a touch in the second half but buzzed with energy and ingenuity in a way few others did. The pass for the equaliser was exquisite for so many reasons. A fine margin of error, the vision to do it and the composure to take that ball down and pick the right pass. His two big moments in the last two games will go a long way to confirming European football when his teammates had shown their fatigue.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May
(Played 27 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 63) Game changer for West Ham. His cross to Dawson was the best of the game, his goal a brilliant effort and something none of his teammates had looked capable of. It?EUR(TM)s a shame he started out wide, he was clearly the man needed in the middle to change things.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May
(Played 78 minutes)

If he had scored, and he easily could have, it could have been a Payet-like performance. He has more pace than the Frenchman, but not his consistency. The ball for Antonio?EUR(TM)s goal shows he has the talent, it just needs directing and honing. At times, Burnley just couldn?EUR(TM)t live with him. They couldn?EUR(TM)t even cut him down like they usually would, he was faster and better than them to an extent he skipped away before the tackles could really come. He played like Lingard has been for weeks, but without as much end product. Today he brought some, the assist for Antonio?EUR(TM)s second a piece of magic.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 24th April
(Played 21 minutes, sub)

vs Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 17th April
(Played 15 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Noble, 75) It looked like he was trying too hard, but there was one ball in particular that Clark was so lucky not to turn into his own net, and he maybe would have had Bowen been making the run and putting the pressure on ?EUR" the kind of gamble he doesn?EUR(TM)t take as willingly as a natural striker.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 6 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 84) Unfortunately, his early touches were poor and he played dangerously in his own area. One good turn was immediately ruined by a poor pass. Probably needs to stop trying so hard to prove he?EUR(TM)s good enough and to play smarter.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 12 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 78) He did nothing for about 10 minutes, but should get credit for wasting time in the corner and being hard to get a hold of.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Inconsistent on the ball but dangerous, links well and his burst of pace and quick feet get him through areas that Fornals and Bowen never could. But whilst he may get back, he isn?EUR(TM)t disciplined or switched on enough to track runners. That is understandable, but doesn?EUR(TM)t work with Cresswell?EUR(TM)s weaknesses.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 28 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Johnson, 62) There are a lot of laments for Benrahma, people who claim the manager can?EUR(TM)t trust him or wish the money had been spent elsewhere. It?EUR(TM)s criticism of a player for not being a defensive option, but must he be? He works hard in the opposition half and does work back, just not with the discipline of Bowen and Fornals. But then both of those often look a little tired in the final third, and Benrahma would have helped us retain possession and offer a threat. He did when he came on, dribbling well and linking with Lanzini. His crossing was poor though.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

He and Lingard have proven before that they complement each other well, and Fornals added to that mix well. Benrahma has balance that opponents struggle to match and he makes space for himself brilliantly whilst on the move. Some will find his shooting frustrating, but we do need the threat of those efforts so as to keep the defence guessing.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 7 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Johnson, 83) What he did that Bowen didn?EUR(TM)t was get on the ball and try run or clever interchanges. Looked like he could have threatened, given more time.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 25 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 65) Unfortunately for him, he came on when the rest of the attacking players were out of energy and the team was only really defending. Bothered Sanchez, tying him up in knots on a couple of occasions, but limited to brief moments. His throw to Cresswell in his own half was daft and caused problems.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 8 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lingard, 82) The game had slowed down considerably by the time he came on, but he showed his threat by creating Fredericks?EUR(TM)s goal.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February

(Replaced Fornals, 88) Nice touches at times but there was no end product.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Another one it just didn?EUR(TM)t happen for. He worked hard and got back defensively, but it didn?EUR(TM)t click. Rinse and repeat for all the front four. Only made 10 passes.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 87 minutes)

He won?EUR(TM)t get the plaudits, but Benrahma was excellent tonight and a lot of good from Lingard?EUR(TM)s performance came from Benrahma?EUR(TM)s play, and vice versa. He is working so much harder to defend from the front than he did when he first arrived. The pass for Soucek?EUR(TM)s goal was perfect, in vision, direction and pace of the pass.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Pressed with more energy than any of the midfield or forward players. There was a spark to him that no one else had, and whilst Bowen (63% pass accuracy), Fornals (60%) and Antonio (43%) were poor on the ball, he retained it much better and wanted to get on it and try make things happen. They didn?EUR(TM)t, but he showed a far better attitude than anyone else.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Still struggling to find the credit he deserves from plenty of the West Ham support, today he was excellent. Can turn and dribble in tight spaces in a way no one else is capable of, and had Antonio had his scoring boots on, Benrahma could have left this game with multiple assists. The relationship with the other attackers, especially Fornals, is clearly starting to flourish. More notably, he never stopped running and worked really hard to press and pressure the Palace midfield and defence.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January
(Played 90 minutes)

As with Lanzini, Benrahma had fun and played with the confidence of a player who knew he was better than his opponents. Neat, intricate and clever football, his assist for Yarmolenko was another example of his final third passing that creates goals.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January
(Played 62 minutes)

Yes, he is still guilty of doing a bit too much with the ball at his feet, but there?EUR(TM)s an ability to turn a man inside-out that this team needs. It needs someone with flair and who is a bit unpredictable because the rest can be a little too risk-averse. In a dull first half, he had a spark lacking in the rest of the team.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Probably harshly taken off, definitely sacrificed for a more cautious player and approach. Lively, overplayed a touch around the box early on, but a great eye for a pass and just fantastic at dribbling in difficult areas. Fits in perfectly with the endeavour in that front four that is around him and looks to have the skill to pick out their movement and encourage them to be braver with it.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 90 minutes)

As with Lanzini, he did well in pockets of space early on but they were the only two players who seemed to be able to do anything at the skill level required to break down a defence. And with no movement, any inch of space he created was often just an opportunity to pass to a stationary player. Toiled in the second half and was lucky to stay on.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

An interesting one. He is capable of dribbling out of pressure in a way none of the others can, and turning out of spaces with the ball that others couldn't. It gets forgotten that he starts moves in positions that are very difficult, and he then looked up to find a static Haller, and two wide players who are bursting forward from wing back rather than higher up the pitch. He played the ball through for Antonio's late chance and looked better when the side's key player came in and changed how we attacked.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December
(Played 31 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lanzini, 59) He can turn under pressure and create space in the opposition half in a way no other player in this side can. His spark gave the impetus to this side to attack and whilst he should have scored, that overall impact on a team should not go unnoticed.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December
(Played 23 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 67) Ineffective when brought on, poor on the ball (completing only 4 of 9 passes) and doesn't work as hard to protect his full back (a must in this side). Nothing since the Sheffield United game to show he needs to be starting.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked to be finding some nice pockets of space in the first half, but only in flashes. Nothing really came off for him and he struggled to influence the game when moved to the left.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Statistically, this is hard to argue, but Benrahma had the biggest influence to how West Ham kept Leeds at bay. Phillips was still influential, but his game was limited not only by the shadow of the Algerian on his tail whenever he received the ball, but also the prospect of being turned by the wily forward. His bursts of pace with the ball under control gave him space to make attacking moves tick, and his shooting from range at least offered a different threat going forward to recent weeks. A very promising first start to keep fans wanting more.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 15 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 75) Should have been on sooner, but looked lively in his time on the pitch. Doesn't appear to lack any confidence and is fighting for the right to start, which could well be why both Fornals and Bowen have been playing so well.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November
(Played 45 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Masuaku, 45) Tried to be there in defence, only a few occasions he seemed a bit behind where he should be, but was a great outlet on the left, travelled and passed nicely, and his assist was excellent play.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November

Did not play.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October
(Played 2 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 88) One dinked cross that went absolutely nowhere.
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