Despite Said Benrahma’s outstanding performance in the West Ham vs. AZ Alkmaar game, which included scoring a fantastic penalty that brought the team back into the match, David Moyes surprisingly chose to criticize the player instead of giving him praise, writes the HammerNews.
The 27-year-old Algerian’s efforts helped the Hammers secure a 2-1 win and put them in a favorable position to qualify for the Europa Conference League final. Despite Carlton Cole’s glowing review of Benrahma’s “unreal” performance, Moyes has historically struggled to commend him and has not been his biggest supporter for reasons unknown.
Although he has occasionally praised him recently, the coach appeared to revert to form by not giving Benrahma the recognition he deserved. Despite an impressive performance from the Hammers winger against AZ Alkmaar, Moyes chose to focus on something negative rather than praise Benrahma’s composure from the spot when asked by reporters.
According to Football.London, the Hammers boss criticized Benrahma for his actions after scoring the penalty.
“I couldn’t actually understand why they took so long on the decision, because I thought the referee have given it and I didn’t have a chance to see it. I thought he was maybe looking to see if it was a yellow or a red card, I thought that might have been what they were waiting on.
“I really have no idea what the delay was on. He held his nerve, finished the penalty off, but he had a great chance to finish another one off later on, which was much easier.”