Frank McAvennie admitted that he “did not see the logic” in West Ham signing Said Benrahma last month.
However, the Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the “fantastic” 25-year-old can help bring out the best in Pablo Fornals.
Benrahma grabbed his first assist for the Hammers on Sunday in what was only his second appearance since signing on a season-long loan deal from Brentford on deadline-day.
The Algeria international looks likely to contest Pablo Fornals for a starting spot on the left-hand side of the front three.
Fornals has started all eight of David Moyes’s side’s Premier League fixtures this season, contributing two goals and two assists.
When asked by Football Insider if he was impressed by Benrahma’s performance in the 1-0 win over Fulham, McAvennie said: “Benrahma played well when he came on.
“I did not see the logic in selling Diangana and buying Benrahma but that does not mean that I do not rate Benrahma.
“He is proving what a fantastic player he is and he is showing glimpses of what he can do.
“It looks like he will come in provide competition for Fornals on the left-hand side.
“The best thing he brings is competition for places. I know Cresswell has been playing as a centre-half but Masuaku coming in has given him a kick up the backside. It keeps the team ticking.”