Trevor Sinclair was blown away by Said Benrahma after West Ham beat Burnley 2-1 on Monday night to boost their Champions League dreams.
The Algerian winger was starting his first game for the Irons since March 21 (3-3 versus Arsenal) and he didn’t let David Moyes down with a virtuoso display that included an assist for Michail Antonio’s second goal that proved to be the winner.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast with Laura Woods [08:15, 04/05/21] former West Ham favourite Sinclair waxed lyrical about the 25-year-old.
“Benrahma, you see him coming off before the end and break his fast during Ramadan.
“You just think, there must be a special spirit in that group because he’s doing that on an empty stomach, he’s not even had a drink.
“To put in the performance that Benrahma put in, I thought he was exceptional.”
Moyes has never seemed convinced by Benrahma but he showed a lot of faith by starting him in a crucial fixture after two successive losses.
A victory was essential to get our top four hopes back on track and we did just that, coming from behind to win at Turf Moor and move within three points of Chelsea again with four fixtures left to play.
Benrahma has surely done enough to justify keeping his starting spot now, at least for next weekend’s clash with Everton.
According to Wyscout only Antonio (ten) had more touches in the Burnley penalty area than Benrahma (six) and no player was involved in more attacking duels (11), winning 64% of them.
He got his assist and next on his agenda will be a maiden Irons goal.
Based on Monday’s performance, all the more special given that should be just around the corner.
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