Said Benrahma may not be featuring for West Ham United as much as was expected, but his talent is undeniable and will soon pay dividends.
That is according to former Manchester City, Spurs and Leeds midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge after West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Everton on Friday, in which Benrahma featured.
Benrahma was the club’s most high-profile summer acquisition, signing from Brentford in a loan-to-buy deal worth £30million in October.
Since then, however, the Algerian has started just three matches, leading to fan speculation that there was some sort of issue between him and manager David Moyes – either personal or tactical.
But Brown has registered Benrahma’s excellent technical ability and maintains that the 25-year-old will come into full flower as he grows in self-belief, especially given the nuances of West Ham’s tactical system.
He told Football Insider: “Well, it’s difficult but when you’ve got those two in the midfield [Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek], it allows you to have some more flair at the top of the pitch
“I watched West Ham against Leeds, I thought he did very, very well in the hole and once he grew with confidence, he got better and better.
“Listen, he’s got unbelievable ability and I think he will keep getting better for West Ham.”
Benrahma got 90 minutes for the first time against Everton, but that is unlikely to stop speculation of a behind-the-scenes issue unless he manages to get a consistent run in the team.
Moyes himself has quashed this talk, saying some players making the step up from the Championship simply “need time to settle.”