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Moyes: Benrahma must calm down in search of first West Ham goal

Benrahma was given a slow introduction to life in the Premier League and, while impressing with a few assists and his work off the ball, the Algerian is yet to score for the club.

The 25-year-old’s £30million move to West Ham was made permanent in January and with Jesse Lingard unable to feature against parent club Manchester United on Sunday, there would be few better times for a maiden Hammers goal.

Benrahma scored 17 goals for Brentford in the Championship last season and his confidence has not been knocked in east London. The forward is still taking a number of shots in every game and looking to take players on, but Moyes wants Benrahma to calm down a little when he gets into shooting positions.

“First of all he has got to stop hitting them over the bar,” Moyes said. “He’s got to start getting them under the crossbar. That is the job. We bought him with goals and assists in mind but he is new to the Premier League, he has to get used to it.

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“Not everybody is going to hit the ground running, some come in quickly and some don’t. Said is still learning, still picking bits up, but we like him a lot and we think he has got more to come. He has just got to stay steady, he has been taking on shots which aren’t at the right moment or time to do so, I think he just needs to calm down a bit and let it come to him rather than going and looking for it so much.”

Jarrod Bowen has slowed in front of goal in recent weeks, but Moyes is keen not to put the pressure on.

“The reason we got Jarrod was because he scored 15 goals a season at Hull and we thought we could get some of that for us,” said Moyes.

“He’s found that tougher in recent games, the last month or two. We’re not trying to put too much pressure on him because he’s done well for us. Without him and Tomas I don’t think we would have got over the line last season. They’ve been inspirational to us.”


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