By Jonty Banks

16th Nov, 2022 | 9:28pm

Said Benrahma one of the fittest players at West Ham United despite inconsistency

West Ham forward Said Benrahma is an “enigma” and “one of the fittest people” at the club despite his lack of game time, according to freelance journalist Paul Brown.

Benrahma has had a stop-start life at the London Stadium since his move from Brentford in 2020 and has found starting opportunities scarce under David Moyes.

The forward has mainly been used from the bench this season, and even after scoring the opener against Crystal Palace recently was still substituted early in the second half.

Despite his setbacks, the 27-year-old’s lack of game time hasn’t reduced the quality and effort he gives in training on a weekly basis.

In an interview with GiveMeSport, Brown, who’s written for most national newspapers in the UK, expressed his fondness for the attacker, saying: “Benrahma is an enigma and probably always has been really.

“He’s capable of scoring spectacular goals, he’s capable of changing the game with a little moment of magic, but he does drift in and out of games.

“I’m told he’s actually one of the fittest people at the club, so it’s not that he’s someone who can’t get about the pitch and press and do his part.”

Frustrating

There were high hopes for Benrahma when he joined The Hammers in 2020, with many fans hoping he would bring the creativity the side had been missing for years. 

Things have yet to quite work out for the Algerian, though. In his maiden campaign for West Ham, the forward only started 14 times in the league, and this was followed up by 26 starts last term. 

Overall the attacker has registered 16 goals and 15 assists from 102 appearances underlying his importance to West Ham, but for some reason or another David Moyes doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Benrahma.

West Ham have a stacked squad in attack, with Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and marquee summer signing Lucas Paqueta all vying for starting spots alongside Benrahma.

If he is to force his way into Moyes’ plans on a weekly basis he may need to improve his all-round game and show that he is willing to put in a shift off the ball as well as on it.