West Ham manager David Moyes is adopting the same approach with Said Benrahma as he did with Jarrod Bowen in February, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England number one expects Benrahma to be bedded in “gently” in a similar way to Jarrod Bowen who arrived at the London Stadium in January.
Benrahma, 25, made his debut for the Hammers as a substitute against Liverpool last weekend, two weeks on from his arrival from Brentford.
It was nearly a month after signing before Jarrod Bowen was handed his first start in a West Ham shirt, the winger now a regular in David Moyes’s side.
Robinson urged Moyes to hand Benrahma a start against Fulham this weekend with a two week international break to follow.
“Jarrod Bowen was eased in gently and I think that is something that David Moyes will do again with Said Benrahma,” he told Football Insider.
“He will watch him in training, let him have time to understand the teams shape, their style of play and what Moyes expects from him.
“It certainly worked with Jarrod Bowen and I think he is adopting a similar approach with Benrahma.
“But I hope for Benrahma and West Ham fans that it does not take as long as it did with Bowen. I would like to see him starting games on a regular basis sooner than we saw with Bowen.”
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