Paul Robinson has tipped new West Ham signing Said Benrahma to immediately replace Pablo Fornals in the starting XI.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and England goalkeeper said the Spaniard has not been good enough recently.
The Hammers confirmed on Friday that Benrahma had joined the club on an initial season-long loan deal.
We are pleased to announce the signing of Algeria international Saïd Benrahma on loan from Brentford ✍️⚒#WelcomeSaid
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 16, 2020
They have paid Brentford a £5million loan fee with an obligation to make the deal permanent for £25million next summer.
Fornals has started all five of West Ham’s Premier League games on the left-hand side of David Moyes’ front three.
The 24-year-old has scored one goal and provided two assists and played a key role in their 3-0 victory over Leicester City before the international break.
However, Robinson still believes he should be dropped in favour of Benrahma.
“I don’t think Fornals has done enough of late,” he told Football Insider.
“I think Benrahma was a good deal to get over the line, I think the owners were under a lot of pressure after recent deals have fallen through and there were question marks over what deals would happen.
“It’s nice to see them back the manager.
“I think he’s a good signing who has got a lot to prove. I think he did really well in the Championship and he’ll do well in the West Ham team under David Moyes.”
Algerian international Benrahma operated primarily as a left-winger for Brentford last season as they reached the Championship playoff final.
The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in 46 second-tier games, including the playoffs.
In other news, West Ham will face a transfer fight after a big January reveal.