By CandH’s high blogger Allen Cummings



Following the publication of West Ham’s non-retained listing not less than everyone knows for sure that Andriy Yarmolenko, David Martin, Ryan Fredericks and naturally Mark Noble undoubtedly gained’t be a part of David Moyes’ squad for the 2022-23 season.

However any laborious proof as to who else won’t be round come the closure of the present transfer window is in very brief provide.

Probably the most talked about ‘potential’ departures seems to be Stated Benrahma – and that has reignited the controversy in regards to the values the Algerian international brings to the staff, and the contribution he made to the trigger over the previous season.

Benny is definitely a player who divides the fanbase – a ‘marmite’ man amongst the supporters who both love him or detest him. One aspect claiming he’s a light-weight show-pony who frustrates greater than he thrills – and must go.

The opposite aspect consider he’s a real expertise who can do the sudden, make issues occur, and actually deserved extra time than he was afforded by David Moyes.

After all the only opinion that actually issues is that of Moyes himself, and so far as I do know the manager hasn’t shared publicly what his emotions are on Benny  – and albeit isn’t more likely to – not with us anyway.

Paradoxically Ollie Watkins, a former staff mate of Benrahma’s at Brentford is a player Moyes has not too long ago been linked with. Music to the ears of some West Ham followers. I have to admit I’m an admirer of Watkins myself.

However it’s considerably shocking when trying on the stats and making a direct comparability with Watkins’ efficiency and finish product for Villa final season, with that of Benrahma for the Hammers. The findings would possibly shock a couple of folks.

Watkins signed for Villa in September 2020 for a transfer price, in accordance with Transfermarkt, of £30.6m. Final season he made 35 first staff appearances because the Villains’ most important striker, scoring 11 targets and recording two assists – these figures coming in 2955 minutes on the pitch. That equates to at least one aim each 268 minutes of motion – and one help each 1,477 minutes.

Stated Benrahma joined the Hammers completely in January 2021 for a price of £20.79m, in accordance with Transfermarkt, after a loan interval which was costed at round £5m. Stated made 32 first staff appearances, and regardless of being employed in a number of totally different roles scored eight targets and registered six assists in 2184 minutes of pitch motion.

That equates to at least one aim each 273 minutes of play, not a lot totally different to that of Watkins. However his six assists equates to at least one each 364 minutes – which is considerably higher than the Villa man. A not too long ago printed chart of mixed targets and assists has Benny 4 locations above the Midlander.

Watkins asking value in any transfer, CandH and the Guardian claimed not too long ago he was Moyes’ No1 precedence, was stated to be in extra of £50m – whereas I’ve seen options that Benrahma’s price, ought to he truly be proven the door, would battle to exceed the £15m mark.

I want to make no judgement myself, save to say from the stats accessible maybe Stated Benrahma isn’t fairly the costly ‘mistake’ some folks declare.

Ps: It must be famous Benrahma has featured strongly in a number of of the promos that includes the brand new West Ham equipment for subsequent season. Make of that what you’ll.

Author: Londonlad

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