The Lowdown: Disappointing defeat
While the Hammers may not have been expecting to get anything from their trip to the Premier League leaders, they will still be disappointed with the defeat, especially given that they took the lead in the first half through Benrahma’s penalty.
Bukayo Saka’s equaliser early in the second half was followed up by goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah to put the game beyond reach for the Irons, who couldn’t find a way to get back into the game.
The Latest: Benrahma praised
Taking to Twitter during the match, Thomas hailed Benrahma for the way in which the Algerian’s game has progressed so far this season in terms of a more consistent output.
The Athletic journalist gushed: “Said Benrahma is a leading contender for the Hammer of the Year award. Five goals in all competitions. Consistency has been the biggest difference this season.”
The Verdict: Promising signs
The Algerian was the most substituted player in the Premier League last season (22 times), indicating a lack of faith in the playmaker from David Moyes, but his performances have been very promising this term, with five goals and two assists in all competitions.
On Monday night, the 27-year-old coolly converted his penalty while also registering one key pass and contributing to the Irons’ defensive efforts with one tackle and one interception (Sofascore).
It was a poor display from West Ham in the second half, but the ‘superb‘ Benrahma – as lauded by journalist Josh Bunting earlier this year – was one of their better performers once again, and he will hope to continue his form into Friday’s clash against his former club Brentford.
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