West Ham United have announced the signing of winger, Said Benrahma on an initial season-long loan from Brentford.
Benrahma joins West Ham on a season-long goal after scoring 17 goals last season to help Brentford to an eventual Championship Play-Off Final defeat against Fulham, although an agreement is in place for Benrahma’s loan switch to become a permanent transfer.
Speaking on securing a switch to the Hammers, Benrahma said; “I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team,”
The Algerian international admitted that he already is aware of what the club expects of him, saying; “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.
On the step up from Championship to Premier League football, Benrahma said; “I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”
Hammers manager, David Moyes is “delighted” to have added Benrahma to his squad, saying; “There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us.”
On a promising transfer window in which West Ham signed Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Craig Dawson to boost the squad, Moyes commented that he had been looking for “hungry and determined” players with Benrahma set to “complement the other attacking players” at West Ham.
Moyes however has immediately issued a message towards supporters to urge them to be patient, saying; “We need to give Said some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make.”
Brentford have paid tribute to Benrahma with Co-Director, Phil Giles describing the winger as “a brilliant player” since joining the Bees in July 2018 from Nice.
Bees manager, Thomas Frank admitted that it is “sad to say goodbye” but believes that now “was the right time for him to play in the Premier League and I am happy for him.”
On Benrahma’s progress throughout his time in West London, Frank feels that “his mentality, defensive work and pressing have all improved…” throughout his two seasons but Brentford as a team “will miss him” but “wish him all the best” for his future.