Tuesday Dec 29, 2020. 13:00
West Ham United manager David Moyes says Algerian winger Said Benrahma will have to wait for further opportunities to prove himself.
The 25-year-old was a £30million buy from Championship club Brentford on deadline day, but has thus far featured in just seven matches, mostly as a substitute. He is likely to again be left on the bench for Tuesday evening’s trip to Southampton.
Moyes says he is a fan of the Algerian but wants to see certain aspects of his play improve to bridge the gap between the Championship and the Premier League.
“We like him, he’s got ability,” Moyes is quoted by Sportsmole. “But it’s retention of the ball, making sure he makes the right decisions more often than not. That’s what we’re after.
“It’s a step up for him. If we’re going to be pushing him and judging him, and I said the same with Jarrod Bowen, I just know some of the boys from the Championship can hit the ground running and others need a bit of time.
“With Said we’re building him up and making him realise the importance of making the correct pass, and keeping the ball when it’s not on, because getting the ball back off teams in the Premier League isn’t easy.
“Is he frustrated? I’m sure he is, but that’s part of it as well. He’s come into a side which in the main has been playing very well so he’ll have to wait like everybody else. There’s other players waiting to get into the team as well.”