West Ham have announced the signing of Brentford winger Said Benrahma, but who are the winners and losers from the deal.
The transfer of Said Benrahma is West Ham’s biggest deal of the transfer window. The Algerian joined the club on loan initially. The Hammers having the obligation to buy the winger a reported £25 million with add ons on top at the end of the season. There is a lot of excitement from fans about the arrival of one of the Championships top talents.
As with every transfer deal, however, there are some clear winners and losers from the arrival of West Ham’s new winger.
The Spaniard has been in brilliant form over the last few games. Pablo Fornals has scored one goal and assisted two in the last two games for the Hammers. The 24-year-old has been playing in the left-midfield position, which is not his natural position, after left-wingers Grady Diangana and Felipe Anderson left the club.
In David Moyes new system, Fornals has flourished with the support of Arthur Masuaku playing behind him. The width Masuaku provides has allowed the former Villarreal man has been allowed to cut inside and express himself in brilliant fashion.
Fornals has benefited from being the only available player capable of playing on left-side of midfield. Thought the arrival of Benrahma will put his position under threat as he now has competition for his place in the team.
For the moment, Fornals should keep his place for the meantime as he has been playing so well. Should the Spaniard’s form drop off then he could find his position at threat.
As Benrahma is a former client of agent Will Salthouse, it is clear to see who wanted to sign him from West Ham. Salthouse is a favoured agent of David Sullivan and would have played a big part in getting the transfer over the line.
Despite, getting the transfer of a good player over the line Moyes is one of the losers of this deal. The Scottish manager clearly wanted to sign a new first-choice centre-back to strengthen the defence during the window. Moves for big-name defenders like James Tarkowski and Jonathan Tah failed, leading to the arrival Craig Dawson on loan from Watford.
Dawson is likely to be the fourth choice and provide cover for when players pick up injuries but is nowhere near the quality that Moyes would have hoped for. Benrahma is a flamboyant winger and will do little to solidify West Ham’s defence.