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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Lily Hammer 9:26 Fri Oct 16
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Saïd Benrahma is a footballer fit for the grandest of stages.

Over the course of just two seasons in English football with Brentford, the 25-year-old has established himself as both an entertainer and a difference-maker at Championship level, possessing an influence on matches which West Ham United will now hope to harness in the Premier League.

Across 81 league appearances for the Bees, the Algerian has recorded 27 goals and 24 assists, helping them to a ninth-place finish in 2018/19 before shining throughout Thomas Frank’s side’s run to the 2019/20 Championship Play-Off final.

Over the last season, Benrahma was the highest-rated Championship player on respected football analytics website WhoScored.com (rated 7.51 out of 10), ranking first in total dribbles (238), dribbles per game (5.5) and shots per game (3.9), while ranking second in total successful dribbles (132), fifth in key passes (91) and joint-second in short key passes (77).

Consistency was at the heart of his performances, with Benrahma missing just three games during the Bees’ final campaign at Griffin Park, all-the-while ranking fifth in Championship goals scored (17) and joint-eighth in assists (8).

Benrahma's presence on the international stage is also burgeoning; having debuted for Algeria as a 20-year-old against Senegal in October 2015, his Brentford form led to him being named in the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, only to miss out through injury. He has since totaled five caps, most recently against Mexico in a friendly in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The winger has also received the accolades his impressive performances warranted – the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for July, the Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year, and an inclusion in the Championship PFA Team of the Year for 2019/20.

He also has a penchant for the spectacular, with WhoScored listing one of his strengths as ‘Likes to shoot from distance’ – a sentiment attested to by Fulham, whom the Algerian scored an EFL Cup Goal of the Round against: a fine turn and strike in Brentford’s fourth-round victory last month.

The numbers paint a picture of a man integral to the Championship’s highest-scoring outfit last season; during his time at Brentford, Benrahma supplied a goal or assist on average every 119 minutes.

It is the kind of form which forces the very top clubs to sit up and take notice.

And with West Ham manager David Moyes’ track record of bringing through talent from the Football League, it is also the kind of form seemingly certain to lend even greater potency to an already-firing Claret and Blue side.

Benrahma scores the EFL Cup Goal of the Round against Fulham
Benrahma scores the EFL Cup Goal of the Round against Fulham

While it is out wide on the left where Benrahma has come by most of his plaudits at Brentford, the naturally right-footed attacker is capable of playing across the forward line.

Having previously enjoyed loan spells at Ligue 1 Angers and Ligue 2 sides Gazelec Ajaccio and Chateauroux, excelling for the latter in 2017/18, Benrahma was assigned the No10 shirt upon signing from Ligue 1 side Nice in July 2018.

Wherever he plays, Benrahma’s spatial awareness, quick feet and eye for a killer ball proved influential, with the Algerian able to claim involvement in 62% of his side’s moves which ended in a successful shot, according to analytics website Smarter Scout.

Even more remarkably, the Algerian was involved in 86% of the moves which led to Brentford’s 73 goals in the 2018/19 season, including nine non-penalty goals of his own.

With Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen having started each of the Irons’ opening four Premier League games of the season, such versatility means manager Moyes has an array of interchangeable and instinctively creative options at his disposal.

When you consider that West Ham United have scored 22 times in their last eleven Premier League outings alone - or 31 in their last 14 games, including Carabao Cup fixtures - the addition of Benrahma's mercurial talents presents a very exciting prospect for West Ham fans indeed.

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Sven Roeder 8:50 Sat Dec 19
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Will be interesting to see him in the same team as Antonio rather than Haller
Antonio's running and drawing of defenders has helped the likes of Bowen and Fornals and given them more space to work in.
If he can create space and time on the ball for Benrahma I reckon he can do something special

Fifth Column 8:37 Sat Dec 19
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He'll be very good for us.

At present his running with the ball is outstanding... his final ball is poor though, when playing through the middle. When he's running through the middle perhaps he needs to just vary his final pass as he kept making the same sort of short pass that was cut out every time. Sometimes if there is nothing on he can just turn around and start again.

His crossing is excellent.

Either way I think he'll be really good for us - just needs a bit of time to adjust.

normannomates 2:40 Sat Dec 19
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Eze- Breezy has had more game time with Palace.
Our bloke had his first start.

Side of Ham 12:00 Sat Dec 19
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I think Eze’s looked a lot better with Zaha in the team, so maybe Antonio can do the same for our bloke.....why can’t it be accepted Palace could do the deal QPR wanted and Brentford did the only deal we could do.

connolly8 11:25 Fri Dec 18
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Eze looks better for half the price.

Side of Ham 4:43 Fri Dec 18
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I noticed Lanzini looked a lot more lively and purposeful the other night when he came on at halftime, maybe this new feller has given him the Payet memories. Like many have said he's a bit lightweight but for me he also needs the rest of the team to draw players from double marking him, Juninho managed to survive the PL probably in it's rawest form, maybe that's who he should study a bit.

goose 4:35 Fri Dec 18
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hahahaha look at yourself!!

only one person trying to play 'the tough guy', and believe me its funny to watch.
you get well grumpy on those 1500 calories, go treat yourself to a cup-a-soup.

in the meantime explain how Fornals isn't a "natural footballer"......

Nutsin 4:31 Fri Dec 18
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Of course you didn’t you lying piece of shit.

Go play the tough guy somewhere else you clown.
Speaks volumes on what a coward you are the way you play the tough guy while hiding behind your key board you soppy cunt.

Bore off.

goose 4:06 Fri Dec 18
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i noticed the comment not your name you freak.

your knowledge of football is up there with your understanding of the human metabolism.

"not a natural footballer" you pillock.

Nutsin 4:01 Fri Dec 18
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Didn’t realize it was me you dopey cunt. My username is immediately above the comment you can’t miss it.

Caught you in yet another lie.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

collyrob 11:01 Fri Dec 18
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Benrahma is a lovely little footballer. Gets on the ball drives at people and makes stuff happen.

goose 10:52 Fri Dec 18
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I didn’t even realise it was you, but now it makes sense given how retarded the comment was.

Those 1500 calories a day making you grumpy?

Nutsin 10:49 Thu Dec 17
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Goose you still following me around, you desperate pleb. Nice to know I must have really embarrassed you last time for you to still try and dig me out.

Now Go pick a fight with someone else you miserable, desperate cunt.

I’ve got better things to do.

Block 5:44 Thu Dec 17
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Don't goose, they're fucking idiotic.

goose 5:43 Thu Dec 17
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Fornals is not a natural footballer??


Block 5:29 Thu Dec 17
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I know my limitations, however you are so fucking thick it's actually embarrassing.

I really pity you

Vexed 5:01 Thu Dec 17
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It amuses me that you have no idea how thick you are.

Block 3:42 Thu Dec 17
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Yep, If you watch him Vexed you'll see he tries too hard to knock the ball around the opposing player and then runs into them.

i know it's hard for you to comprehend anything, but sane people will get it.

Razzle 3:39 Thu Dec 17
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Lanzini over Bananarama

Vexed 3:38 Thu Dec 17
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"needs to learn to put himself between the ball and the player better"

Are you reading this Said son? This football genius has just solved your problems.

I expect he also needs to "kick it really hard when he's near the goal" yeah?


Block 1:42 Thu Dec 17
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Can see why he wasn't started as soon as he signed, he's a little lightweight, needs to learn to put himself between the ball and the player better, too many times he flicked the ball round the player and run straight into them expecting a foul.

clearly very, very talented though.

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