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Q: 2022/23 You are the Chairman what do you do with Moyes?
a. Stick with him obviously, he's delivered two good seasons back to back and will see us out of this dip in form
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
d. I've just got my new Orange & White 3rd Kit with Moyesinho on the back, I can't wait to wear it down to the supermarket, they call me Mr West Ham around here

Irish Hammer 11:57 Sat Nov 6
Article on Benrahama & the squad coming together
Benrahma new-found confidence sums up growing belief in Moyes’ exciting team

When the players walk onto the pitch, Said Benrahma often says a prayer as he looks towards the heavens. Following his stunning solo goal against Genk, perhaps he will be seeking forgiveness for the misery he subjected Mujaid Sadick to.

It was a goal that highlights why Benrahma is such a unique talent. The playmaker feinted to his left, nudged the ball past Sadick, advanced forward and then toe-poked it between Maarten Vandevoordt’s legs.

“Magical, mesmeric,” was the commentator’s description of Benrahma’s goal in West Ham United’s 2-2 draw against Genk. Although an own goal from Tomas Soucek prevented Benrahma from being the match-winner, it was arguably the Algerian’s best performance of the season.

On a night where David Moyes’ side produced a poor first-half display, it was Benrahma who became Genk’s chief tormentor after the break. He started the attack for his equalising goal, via an assist from Vladimir Coufal, and had the latter not overhit his cross late on then Benrahma could have left the Cegeka Arena with the match ball.

Following Dinamo Zagreb’s 3-0 win over Rapid Vienna, West Ham are through to the knockout stage of the Europa League. It is a fantastic achievement. Benrahma answered the call when Moyes needed someone to make the difference.

In 15 league and cup appearances this season, Benrahma has scored six goals and made three assists. He is West Ham’s second-highest scorer, behind Michail Antonio (who has seven), and is showing the consistency his team-mates knew he was capable of producing.

Benrahma celebrates his goal last night with Moyes (Photo: JOHN THYS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
“I’ve been with Said for over a year now and I know what he can do,” Declan Rice told BT Sport. “He’s a player you need to give confidence to. You need to tell him he’s going to be the best player on the pitch. I’m always on at him to keep expressing himself and having fun on the pitch. He bailed us out. He’s an unbelievable player.”

It was in pre-season when Benrahma showed he was capable of being a key performer. He impressed in victories against Reading, Celtic and Brentford and scored in the season opener against Newcastle United. Although he isn’t a confident English speaker, the playmaker is a popular member of the group and has formed a close bond with Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma. When the attacking midfielder made it 1-1, he ran to the bench to celebrate with Zouma.

Technical advisor Alan Irvine has played a key role in Benrahma’s new-found confidence. Moyes has also made the playmaker aware of the high standards he demands. Benrahma provided an assist in the 4-1 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday, but was then replaced by Manuel Lanzini after he pulled out of a 50/50 challenge. If Moyes demanded a reaction from the 26-year-old, then he certainly got one last night.

“He released the ball at the right moment and the individual actions he took more of them came off,” said Moyes. “We’re making sure Benrahma is aware of what is expected of him but I’m really pleased for him tonight that he got the goals. He needs it as well for a bit of confidence but overall he was a much better team player tonight.”

What makes Benrahma a standout talent is there isn’t another player like him in the squad. His second goal was a case in point. During the course of 90 minutes, he can entertain, humiliate defenders, score, assist and make you scream in frustration. But a noticeable improvement has been his decision-making in the final third. There were moments against Genk when Benrahma would advance forward, and his main focus was to thread a ball for Antonio.

Last season Benrahma had a tendency to complicate simple passages of play, whether it was holding onto the ball for too long, or attempting to beat a number of defenders before making a pass. But over the last few weeks, Benrahma has found the right balance between entertaining the crowd and making better decisions in the final third.

Moyes would also have been impressed by the number of chances his side created late on. Craig Dawson’s header narrowly went wide, Coufal’s left-footed strike drifted past the post, Pablo Fornals overhit his pass for Jarrod Bowen, and Aaron Cresswell teed up Fornals who shot straight at Vandevoordt. It was in contrast to the first half where the visitors were fortunate to still be in the game.

But there was more intensity after the interval, which was largely due to the positive changes Moyes made before the hour mark when he introduced Bowen, Soucek and Fornals for Antonio, Mark Noble and Masuaku.

It is a sign of West Ham’s remarkable rise under Moyes that they have progressed to the knockout stage of the competition with two games remaining in Group H. And if Benrahma’s performance against Genk was anything to go by, it won’t be long before he subjects another defender to misery on the European stage.

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wansteadman 11:16 Sun Nov 7
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Second half I thought he was more Lingaard like. He was picking it up in midfield and driving forward

wansteadman 11:16 Sun Nov 7
Re: Article on Benrahama & the squad coming together
Second half I thought he was more Lingaard like. He was picking it up in midfield and driving forward

Hermit Road 10:41 Sun Nov 7
Re: Article on Benrahama & the squad coming together
Thanks Irish

I didn't think he was bad last season so was a bit frustrated with the criticism. It seemed to me that he was in the hands of a good manager who was allowing him time to get used to the step up in quality. There was obviously ability there.

Great to see him and the whole squad being so United. I guess winning helps but I think there's more to it than that. They are a quality bunch with a great mix

Mex Martillo 10:29 Sun Nov 7
Re: Article on Benrahama & the squad coming together
I hope Benrahma subjects another defender to misery today on the Premier stage.
Thanks Irish

gph 12:18 Sun Nov 7
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Thanks, Irish.

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