West Ham United have completed the signing of winger Said Benrahma from Brentford on an initial one year loan with an obligation to buy. Benrahma scored 17 goals in 43 appearances last season as Brentford narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
West Ham United Sign Said Benrahma From Brentford
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— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 16, 2020
Buying Benrahma Buys Goals
After making his professional debut as a 17-year old for French side Nice, Benrahma spent five seasons in France’s top two divisions before signing for Brentford in 2018.
The Algeria international, who cost the Bees £1.53 million, immediately settled into English football, scoring ten goals and providing 14 assists in his debut season. He added a further 25 goals and assists during last season’s play-off run, finishing as the fifth-highest scorer in the Championship.
Following Felipe Anderson’s loan to Porto, Benrahma will be in direct competition with Pablo Fornals for the left-wing berth in David Moyes’ favoured 5-4-1 formation.
The 25-year-old is an exciting addition for the Hammers, possessing both the firepower and creative flair to light up the London Stadium.
West Ham Leave it Late to Boost Squad
Benrahma is the second new face at the London Stadium this week, following defender Craig Dawson, who joined on a season-long loan from Watford on Monday.
Dawson, a Premier League veteran with over 180 appearances, joins a West Ham backline which conceded 62 goals last season
Both new signings could make their debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon as the Hammers search for a third consecutive win and clean sheet.
What Was Said?
Speaking to the West Ham website, Benrahma said:
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.”