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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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Iron Duke 8:30 Wed Jan 27
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Signed permanently. Can’t be bothered to check if this has already been mentioned

Sniper 2:33 Wed Jan 27
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He’s getting better and better

Always wants the ball, always looking to make things happen, a willing runner and tracks back too. His final ball and decision making need to improve and he’s too selfish at times but he did kids of good work last night

Also looks far better in the middle with fornals on the left than playing alongside lanzini

fraser 2:27 Wed Jan 27
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Sir Alf - But that's my point apparently that's exactly how he played at Brentford, his old manager was pissed off because some were saying we bought a luxury player, he said he was one of the hardest working players he had managed.

Always tracking back and pressing, maybe he's just needed time to make the step up.

Everyone presumed he was down to Sullivan because they didn't realise he was that sort of player and claimed he wasn't a hard working Moyes type, but clearly he is

Maybe he was suggested, but I doubt he would have agreed to it if he didn't like him.

He was introduced slowly but we were playing 5 at the back as well and playing well, so there was no place for him.

Sir Alf 1:25 Wed Jan 27
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I also think this was a signing Sullivan pushed ahead of Moyes preference for King at the time but Moyes went along with it because although he was not the top of his list he was a player he liked. In other words. more of a risk that may or may not work out. He ( Moyes) perhaps knew that he would need to work on getting Benrahma to the level he wanted and that it would be harder than with Soucek and Bowen. But he seems to be developing and looking better suited to a free role in those little pockets behind the front man ( Antonio ) but ahead of the midfield ( Soucek and RIce ).

If his development continues and he gets to the levels he was at last night on a consistent basis, I suppose you would have to reluctantly say ( through gritted teeth) Sullivan was a help but the vast majority of these owner choices/punts have not in the past. In the end I think we are saying you simply should not have unqualified owners making player purchase choices to satisfy their need for importance and adoration?

Lee Trundle 12:47 Wed Jan 27
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fraser 11:20 Wed Jan 27

I still think he's a Sullivan buy (Salthouse being involved and Moyes reluctance to play him suggests that) and that shouldn't be praised. He shouldn't be the one picking and choosing our players.

Sajmo1 12:28 Wed Jan 27
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Won 7 and drew once in his 8 starts.

fraser 11:20 Wed Jan 27
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When we signed Benrahma loads were saying must be a Sully special as a luxury player who won't track back.

He is anything but that, he's a skillful player who is always looking to be positive but also works hard for the team.

His Brentford boss said so, and he's been proven right.

Block 11:18 Wed Jan 27
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Lyon, Bowen for me does better defensively except for Rice. He's work rate is fantastic, he had a quite game last night I thought but he's certainly the type of player we need in the side, as he gives us balance down that left hand side.

Mr Kenzo 11:18 Wed Jan 27
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For me, he is a No.10 and now he is getting license to get in and around Antonio and is causing teams a few problems. The fact Fornals and Bowen are playing so well alongside him helps.

Dandy Lyon 11:16 Wed Jan 27
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The 3 we have in midfield are all in a similar bracket for me.

They all have ability, some more than others, they all work their socks off, they all could do with improving their decision making and all would improve with a proper goal scorer.

I like them all and if they all start firing at the same time we’ll be unplayable.

I do have reservations about how good Bowen can become and worry he is at his peak, already but it’s too early to be sure.

Next season I’d like to see Lanzini and Yarmolenko replaced but a real quality midfielder who improves the players around him ala Payet

Block 11:07 Wed Jan 27
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Lyon, I think it's more of knowing when the right time to do that sort of stuff, There were a few times last night where he was in a tight space and tried to be too clever and lost the ball, not wanting to take that away from his game but needs to know when is the right time to do it.

He's getting better each game, which is the biggest positive for me. The 3 in midfield that we have are excellent, thought Fornals was fantastic last night.

fraser 11:06 Wed Jan 27
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Yep I saw that goose, though he wasn't the only one guilty of that

A lot of his play looks like bad decisions but he does try some outrageous balls, I suppose you only need a couple to succeed a game and you should bear the fruit from them.

goose 11:01 Wed Jan 27
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funnily enough i thought he was better last night from a defensive point of view than an attacking one. final ball was still a bit frustrated.

there was one opportunity when he shot from about 30 yards and the camera cut to Moyes - he was not happy.

Dandy Lyon 10:59 Wed Jan 27
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Easy to get frustrated by that Block, but I would t want to knock it out of him, just develop it. We all love seeing a skilful player and he is improving with every game I think.

He’ll also benefit from better players around him, and a natural goal scorer ahead of him.

fraser 10:57 Wed Jan 27
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Trundle - to be fair he should have had an assist, definitely deserved it with the one he put on a plate for Antonio

Block 10:54 Wed Jan 27
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The way he dropped into the hole in the number 10 position was very reminiscent of Lanzini when he first came to us.

He's fucking frustrating though, his end product is dogshit at the moment and he often tries too hard to be skilful and clever.

Lee Trundle 10:52 Wed Jan 27
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That was easily his best game for us. I'm hoping he continues to start and that he can continue that form which will justify his transfer fee and some more. If he added assists and goals then we'll have a player and a half.

Definitely a bums off seat performance from him.

Sajmo1 10:12 Wed Jan 27
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Vital part of the team now, offers something completely different then anyone else in the squad

Dandy Lyon 10:04 Wed Jan 27
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How did he do that Eerie? You twerp

fraser 8:53 Wed Jan 27
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I definitely prefer him in the middle, always looking to go forward a very positive player.

Just cut out the tricks and flicks when too deep.

Manuel 5:18 Wed Jan 27
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He is improving and going in the right direction, just more fine tuning needed. What I do like about him is he attacks through the middle, not easy to get players like that.

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