By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

30th Jul, 2021 | 8:10pm

Frank McAvennie impressed with Said Benrahma's pre-season performance

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Frank McAvennie has been impressed with Said Benrahma in pre-season for West Ham.

The Algerian scored a composed goal against Celtic recently and has shown signs of his Brentford self.

Since joining last summer, Benrahma hasn’t managed to nail down a first-team berth.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie was asked whether he was impressed by the 25-year-old’s performances.

“Yes, I think his confidence is very high.

“I look at social media and see people saying that he wasn’t doing enough last season but that’s not a David Moyes kind of player.

“Moyes wants him to be better and in the last couple of pre-season friendlies you’ve seen an improvement and he’s working so hard off the ball.”

Can’t wait for next season

It’s harsh to pass sweeping judgements on players after only one season so we’re waiting to see how the Algerian fares in the upcoming campaign.

He’s shown glimpses of his brilliance on occasion last season and we know the kind of talent he possesses.

Benrahma is a tricky customer and when he’s on song, he can give defenders a run for their money.

He can play on the left, right as well as a number 10 – giving Moyes a number of ways to deploy him on the field.

His playing style is very similar to what Eden Hazard’s was at Chelsea and while he may not have that kind of end product yet, he’s certainly shown himself to be a cool customer in front of goal.

Social media can be an unsparingly savage place at times, but we’re backing Benrahma to succeeded this coming season and we’re sure that Moyes will get the best out of him.

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