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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Lily Hammer 9:26 Fri Oct 16
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Saïd Benrahma is a footballer fit for the grandest of stages.

Over the course of just two seasons in English football with Brentford, the 25-year-old has established himself as both an entertainer and a difference-maker at Championship level, possessing an influence on matches which West Ham United will now hope to harness in the Premier League.

Across 81 league appearances for the Bees, the Algerian has recorded 27 goals and 24 assists, helping them to a ninth-place finish in 2018/19 before shining throughout Thomas Frank’s side’s run to the 2019/20 Championship Play-Off final.

Over the last season, Benrahma was the highest-rated Championship player on respected football analytics website WhoScored.com (rated 7.51 out of 10), ranking first in total dribbles (238), dribbles per game (5.5) and shots per game (3.9), while ranking second in total successful dribbles (132), fifth in key passes (91) and joint-second in short key passes (77).

Consistency was at the heart of his performances, with Benrahma missing just three games during the Bees’ final campaign at Griffin Park, all-the-while ranking fifth in Championship goals scored (17) and joint-eighth in assists (8).

Benrahma's presence on the international stage is also burgeoning; having debuted for Algeria as a 20-year-old against Senegal in October 2015, his Brentford form led to him being named in the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, only to miss out through injury. He has since totaled five caps, most recently against Mexico in a friendly in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The winger has also received the accolades his impressive performances warranted – the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for July, the Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year, and an inclusion in the Championship PFA Team of the Year for 2019/20.

He also has a penchant for the spectacular, with WhoScored listing one of his strengths as ‘Likes to shoot from distance’ – a sentiment attested to by Fulham, whom the Algerian scored an EFL Cup Goal of the Round against: a fine turn and strike in Brentford’s fourth-round victory last month.

The numbers paint a picture of a man integral to the Championship’s highest-scoring outfit last season; during his time at Brentford, Benrahma supplied a goal or assist on average every 119 minutes.

It is the kind of form which forces the very top clubs to sit up and take notice.

And with West Ham manager David Moyes’ track record of bringing through talent from the Football League, it is also the kind of form seemingly certain to lend even greater potency to an already-firing Claret and Blue side.

Benrahma scores the EFL Cup Goal of the Round against Fulham
Benrahma scores the EFL Cup Goal of the Round against Fulham

While it is out wide on the left where Benrahma has come by most of his plaudits at Brentford, the naturally right-footed attacker is capable of playing across the forward line.

Having previously enjoyed loan spells at Ligue 1 Angers and Ligue 2 sides Gazelec Ajaccio and Chateauroux, excelling for the latter in 2017/18, Benrahma was assigned the No10 shirt upon signing from Ligue 1 side Nice in July 2018.

Wherever he plays, Benrahma’s spatial awareness, quick feet and eye for a killer ball proved influential, with the Algerian able to claim involvement in 62% of his side’s moves which ended in a successful shot, according to analytics website Smarter Scout.

Even more remarkably, the Algerian was involved in 86% of the moves which led to Brentford’s 73 goals in the 2018/19 season, including nine non-penalty goals of his own.

With Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen having started each of the Irons’ opening four Premier League games of the season, such versatility means manager Moyes has an array of interchangeable and instinctively creative options at his disposal.

When you consider that West Ham United have scored 22 times in their last eleven Premier League outings alone - or 31 in their last 14 games, including Carabao Cup fixtures - the addition of Benrahma's mercurial talents presents a very exciting prospect for West Ham fans indeed.

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fraser 9:25 Sun Jan 31
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FCJ - but all that didn't make him the weak link tonight did it as claimed below.

Full Claret Jacket 9:21 Sun Jan 31
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fraser 8:58 Sun Jan 31
It's because people keep bigging him up when he is unproven at this level and from what I've seen has some way to go. He has great control and cheap tricks and flicks at this level might look exciting but will rarely come off. I want players positive and comfortable on the ball but physically this league will show you up. He's very lightweight.
He seems a very expensive buy for what he currently offers - perhaps that is not his fault but with so many recognised weaknesses in our squad it was still odd to not buy someone for one of those.

swindon hammer 8:58 Sun Jan 31
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We spent 40 million on Benrahma & Bowen to score goals and neither have done that on a regular basis thus far or at all in Benrahma’s case.

I don’t really watch a lot of championship football but what positions and formations did they play for Brentford & Hull?

I appreciate it’s a Jump from the Championship to the Premiership but are we playing to their strengths?

fraser 8:58 Sun Jan 31
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Yes they were all shit, yet Benrahma is to blame..

Full Claret Jacket 8:54 Sun Jan 31
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After looking bright against Palace he was awful today. Poor over hit passes, lost the ball repeatedly when dribbling or gave it away cheap even in our own half. Surprised he wasn't taken off to be honest.
There is more to come from him you would hope but this today was not what we paid the money for - not that I think he is worth what we paid anyway.
Have to say expensive signings Fornals and Bowen were equally disappointing today.

fraser 8:52 Sun Jan 31
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Benrahma the weak link.. They were all weak links, Antonio was just as bad, Bowen was worse..

Why pick any player out after a complete shit team performance

Come On You Irons 8:35 Sun Jan 31
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Jaan Kenbrovin 8:23 Sun Jan 31
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I’m struggling to see why so many people rate Benrahma or think he’ll come good? Looks like a complete waste of 25m to me.

Careful talking like that. You'll have fraser after you.

Benrahma was once again the weak link. Numerous times in the first half he gave the ball away cheaply overhitting balls to Antonio (I assume they were intended for Antonio, it is hard to tell as they were so woefully inaccurate).

He was completely anonymous in the second half. Thirteen games without a goal in the Premier League and fifteen without a goal in all competitions. Championship player.

Jaan Kenbrovin 8:23 Sun Jan 31
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I’m struggling to see why so many people rate Benrahma or think he’ll come good? Looks like a complete waste of 25m to me.

Any Old Iron 12:06 Sat Jan 30
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Benrahma has taken a while to get used to the pace and physicality (work rate) of the Premier League but is now starting to get up to speed and hitting his stride.
I think he will prove to be an excellent purchase.

When you look at the clubs he played for before Brentford, Nice, Angers, Gazélec Ajaccio and Châteauroux, it's no surprise that he may have found playing at the highest level quite a challenge.

Mex Martillo 12:52 Fri Jan 29
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That is a really nice touch Rasta, I like to hear that.
Benrahma is great fun to watch, has contributed really well to open up defenses resulting in goals, a few assists. His play indicates there will be more to come and he is definitely emerging as a first team selection out of our midfield attackers.

I am not sure what more you need to show he is a good signing.

Only alternative would be to let him go and all those players that are not doing as well as he is and start building the attacking midfield from scratch, which lets face it is completely unrealistic and a bit cloud coo-coo land.

-[Rasta]- 12:23 Fri Jan 29
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Doesn't do the free meals for kids but did give his loyalty bonus to Brentford staff, does that count?

fraser 12:00 Fri Jan 29
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Manuel - blimey son, not at all

But it's a bit boring when there's a poster criticising the same player and having a dig on threads that aren't even about him.

Especially on the match thread when we're playing really wrll and mentions every time said player makes a mistake but gives him no credit for the good stuff he does.

Besides you've spent 20 years on here criticising other posters and flounced off several times.. Moan and bitch about the forum.. Its 100% definitely not for you

But then again you lack self awareness because every criticism you level at others is exactly how you post ;-)

Mr Kenzo 11:52 Fri Jan 29
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Is Benrahma involved with the free school meal for kids campaign?

Coffee 11:52 Fri Jan 29
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Glenn Rodent 11:50 Fri Jan 29

Manuel 11:51 Fri Jan 29
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fraser - Joking aside, it clearly bothers you if players you like dare to get criticised on here. So bearing it mind this is a FORUM where folk have different opinions to air, maybe this place is not for you (after 20 years)

Glenn Rodent 11:50 Fri Jan 29
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Come On You Irons 11:32 Fri Jan 29

Really? - I think it is an absolute steal. He has shown flashess of his quality and will only get better.

I think he will turn out to be a great player and signing for us.

fraser 11:36 Fri Jan 29
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Manuel 100% :-)

Manuel 11:34 Fri Jan 29
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COYI - You're gonna have fraser after you now!

Come On You Irons 11:32 Fri Jan 29
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So we are now officially lumbered with this fella until 2026. Waste of money in my opinion.

fraser 9:52 Fri Jan 29
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Manuel 99.9% of your posts on here are hitching about other posters.


Manuel 9:02 Fri Jan 29
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He's shit, no he's not he's good. No, I'm telling you he's shit...and I'm telling YOU he's fucking good!


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