'Issue behind the scenes?' - Exclusive: Pundit on 'Strange' Benrahma-West Ham situation
The reason Said Benrahma is not getting regular football for West Ham may go beyond footballing matters, says Alan Hutton.
He made his views known in exclusive conversation with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams after the loan-to-buy summer signing once again failed to make the starting XI against Southampton and Brighton in the last two fixtures.
Manuel Lanzini was preferred for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at St Mary’s Stadium, although Benrahma replaced him after an hour of the match.
Hutton believes David Moyes’ managerial principles regarding discipline and hard work may be at the heart of the issue, though he admits that he is in the dark as to the ex-Brentford man’s character outside of the pitch.
He told Football Insider: “It’s a strange one. Maybe there’s a little issue there behind the scenes.
“I don’t know what kind of player Benrahma’s like in training but David Moyes is the kind of manager who wants his players to work hard and then they’ll get into the team.
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“He’s come from Brentford. It was a big fee but it doesn’t necessarily happen overnight… you have to show the manager in training that you’re ready to work. I think that’s the kind of player he wants.
“His front three, Haller, Jarrod Bowen, Fornals, it’s been difficult for Benrahma to oust them.
“I think he’s a very good player. He came on against Aston Villa in the second half and he changed the game. So we all know he’s a talented player but David Moyes likes a settled team.”
Benrahma narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League with Brentford in 2019-20, losing to Fulham in the Play-off Final.
His transfer to West Ham was arranged soon after, giving him a second chance to make a go of the English top-flight.