‘I’m excited to no longer have to scream at Said to track back and defend’

Benrahma’s final action as a West Ham player was a red card against Bristol City in the FA Cup

Said Benrahma (WHU) at the Brentford v West Ham United EPL match, at The G-Tech Stadium, Brentford, London, UK on 4th November, 2023.

If you’ve been reading my pieces for a while, you’ll know that I have never been the biggest fan of Benrahma. I have always thought he is a Championship player at best, but I can acknowledge some of the things he has done are great and I will always give him credit where credit is due.

Like earlier this season when we played Brighton, I thought that was his best game in a West Ham shirt. But since that game he has been on a downward spiral, culminating in him receiving a red card against Bristol City in the FA Cup.

I didn’t go to the game due to work commitments and I’m glad I didn’t go. A replay against Bristol was not what any West Ham fan wanted, let alone mid-week and away at their place. Hats off to the fans that travelled to Bristol for the game.

But we should never have been in that situation in the first place if we’d got the job done at home. I thought we might have learnt from the first game that Bristol are an aggressive team who will go for every ball so we needed to be a bit more clever in our play.

I do think that if the referee was more on top of the game, these challenges and reactions from us wouldn’t have happened if he carded Bristol players for their challenges earlier on. However, it does not justify Benrahma’s reaction of kicking out on a Bristol City player.

It was stupid and resulted in us playing the majority of the second half with 10 men and already 1-0 down. When I think of silly red cards, the first player that comes to my head is Arthur Masuaku when he got sent off against Wigan for spitting at someone which was unprovoked.

Benrahma’s red card wasn’t as bad as that, but a strong competitor for stupid red cards is Adrian. Sometimes he was so clumsy when challenging to win the ball. The one that stands out the most to me is his red card against Leicester where he completely mistimed the challenge and ended up with his boot in the stomach of Jamie Vardy, which looking back now is funny but at the time I was full of rage.

It was Benrahma’s sending off against Bristol that turned out to be the last time we saw him play in a West Ham shirt. And whilst it’s always sad to see players leave the club, I am now looking forward to not having to scream for Benrahma to track back and to stop being lazy.

That is probably his biggest flaw, him not covering for other people and a lack of common sense to pass the ball rather than being selfish and taking the shot himself. The attitude Benrahma carries isn’t what I would want in our team. It’s almost like he thinks he is better than everyone else on the pitch.

He seems to address this stuff on social media whether it’s putting emojis to imply that it’s his time to shine or if he scores he seems to milk it a bit on social media implying that’s why we should start him. When in the real world he is too inconsistent and somehow manages to get a lucky goal every now and then.

This was the right time to move on from Benrahma as it was silly of him to get that red card as well as just not being the player we all hoped he would be when he played at Brentford. It was a shame that we weren’t able to replace him with a player with a better attitude to the game.

When we think about Benrahma, we can thank him for his penalty in the Conference League final and he will always be part of our history, although he hasn’t been the best of players. There are always good memories that come with players but the bad memories of Benrahma outweigh the good.

I sure am looking forward to someone stronger joining us who has a better work ethic rather than sulking every time he gets subbed or taking to social media implying he should be starting.

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