David Moyes has played down the chances of Said Benrahma earning his first West Ham United start against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Algerian has been backed by many Irons to make his full Premier League debut, but Moyes has claimed it is hard to drop any of his squad.
Benrahma shined during the international break for Algeria, assisting Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and his wonder goal against Zimbabwe.
Moyes has been impressed, but he made it quite clear that it won’t be as easy as many believe it will be to get Benrahma involved more.
“The boys in the team are playing really well, it’s not easy to say sorry, we’re bringing someone else in,” he said via the Evening Standard.
“So, I think still bringing him in gently, slowly is the best way, and he’s been away for a couple of weeks with Algeria so we’ve not had him on site all the time.
“But I’ve got to say there’s been bits that I’ve seen from him, he’s beginning to have an influence and I can start to see things improving.”
This may be disappointing news, but it is definitely true.
Pablo Fornals had his first struggle in an impressive season against Fulham, but you can’t drop the Spaniard based on that one showing.
Jarrod Bowen is also impressing during this campaign, and would be desperately disappointed should that happen.
Benrahma is pushing though. In that win against Fulham, the 25-year-old delivered an assist and had two shots on target in his 27-minute cameo – soon Moyes won’t be able to ignore him.
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