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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
Benrahma Signed

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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Kite 11:47 Fri Oct 23
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That’s proper poor form from this Ex fella, what the fuck gives him the right to sprout shit like that.
No doubt it’s come from his pay masters GSB as the excuse not to buy Said.

The old c wing 11:47 Fri Oct 23
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My sauces tell me its diabetes.

Alfs 11:24 Fri Oct 23
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Of course it isn't HIV. They'd never get the insurance despite it being treatable now.

Probably something like he's had malaria in the past - which can return.

The old c wing 10:45 Fri Oct 23
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Its Diabetes.

Gary Mabbut has been drafted in on a consultancy basis, to keep an 'eye' on him.

Golf Clap please.

Faux Bare 10:32 Fri Oct 23
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Ok guys so let’s not spread rumours about him being HIV positive.

Stevethehammer 10:26 Fri Oct 23
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This bloods issue, its got to be HIV positive surely.
Chances are he will see out a decent career but for a man of 25 to have HIV must be fucking scary.
I really hope its not, but thats the only thing I can think of that could potentially be 'career ending'.

Far Cough 6:38 Fri Oct 23
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Dudley, I'm sure there's some data privacy violations in that quote

Johnson 6:31 Fri Oct 23
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Dudley Moore 5:31 Fri Oct 23


Lee Trundle 6:04 Fri Oct 23
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I'm surprised you managed to find that info amongst all the self praise the needy cunts RETWEETS.

Dudley Moore 5:31 Fri Oct 23
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I see that this ExWHU character on Twitter is claiming that Benrahma has a potentially career ending problem that was identified in a blood sample during the medical, but can't say any more than that, as it's 'personal'.

I think enough has been said already.

Hopefully this account and the hangers-on will disappear along with GSB before the end of the season.

Eerie Descent 4:45 Sun Oct 18
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Yeah, but then again, you liked that fucking clown Adrian as well.

Athletico Easthamico 4:26 Sun Oct 18
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We should have bought the player keeping him out of the Algeria team.

Sofian Fegouli.!!!!

I liked him. Didn't get a fair chance.

13 Brentford Rd 4:11 Sun Oct 18
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Who the fuck wrote the above short story to announce his signing, Looks like it was written by an English Literature student.
Reminds of the part in True Romance where the dad "says s lot" but tells the gangster boss nothing he needs or wants to know about the son's whereabouts.

El Scorchio 4:02 Sun Oct 18
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Paperwork not done in time I think.

If as someone said earlier Moyes brings in in like with Bowen, you can probably expect a lot of sub appearances at first.

To be fair I think he got that right. No need to Chuck him in at the deep end with immediate expectations to deliver. We are (for once) not desperate at this point in time.

Joe C 12:58 Sun Oct 18
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Admiral Lard 12:54 Sun Oct 18
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will he play today, even off the bench?

the exile 2:59 Sat Oct 17
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Haller is not a dud, he's just not as good as Antonio. But the same could be said about most of the strikers in the PL.

El Scorchio 2:59 Sat Oct 17
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AOI- respectfully disagree. We’ve played to his strengths (two up top) in ONE game I can recall since he signed and the guy scored twice.

Otherwise we’ve just stuck the poor guy up front by himself and asked him to play in a style he’s completely unused and unsuited to. Just like before Anderson turned totally to shit but was ordered to track back and defend and surprise surprise was total shit at it. It’s not his game and you shouldn’t but someone if you’re going to make them do things they aren’t any good at. To that end we made a big mistake buying both Anderson and Haller because of how we used them. I’m of the opinion Haller will come good if played in a system that suits him with men in an around him.

To make this relevant, I hope with Benrahma that we don’t try and take the instinct and flair out of his game and ask him to play as a wing back or something. Stick him far up the field with minimal defensive responsibilities. Play to his strengths.

Swiss. 2:46 Sat Oct 17
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Looks good on Youtube. A mix of Arnie and Hazard. Let's hope :-)

Swiss. 2:45 Sat Oct 17
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How many posted on here "We won't sign Benrahma" ?

Come on own up?

Any Old Iron 2:27 Sat Oct 17
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Give Haller a chance? He's had plenty of chances and he hasn't cut it. In terms of the PL he is a dud.

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