Michael Brown has suggested Said Benrahma lacked the “team ethic” demanded by David Moyes upon his arrival at West Ham.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed that the Scottish boss will want to ease his new signing into the squad rather than throwing him into the deep end of the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, as quoted by Football.London, Moyes confirmed the 25-year-old “needs to get up to speed” and that he is “not in any rush” to get him into the side.
The versatile winger is yet to play after he joined the club on an initial loan move from Brentford during the summer transfer window.
Brown insists that Benrahma will have to earn his place in the side and that the Algerian international needs to show his willingness to work for the team in east London.
Brown told Football Insider: “It just shows you there’s something maybe lacking in that team ethic that David Moyes expects.
“Maybe he feels and he’s seen that he’s just not ready. I think he wants to get him in there when he feels it’s the right time, rather than put him when it’s a bit tight.
“Let’s be honest, you’re at home to Man City, he just thinks: ‘I’ll leave him a little bit longer,’ but it doesn’t get easier when you go to Liverpool.”
Benrahma played three times in the early stages of the season for Brentford before he secured a move to the Premier League.
The Irons have gone four games unbeaten in the league, with wins over Wolves and Leicester and draws against Tottenham and Manchester City.
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