David Moyes, manager of West Ham United, has cited Said Benrahma as a factor in his decision to acquire Danny Ings. On Friday, the forward officially moved from Aston Villa.
Ings was acquired by the Hammers from the Villans for a fee of £12 million, plus an additional £3 million in add-ons. After just 18 months with the Birmingham club, he has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the London Stadium club. They sent out $25 million to Southampton for the forward with an increase to $30 million this year.
Even though Unai Emery only started the 30-year-old Ings once in six Premier League games as manager, he allowed him to sign with West Ham. After taking over for Steven Gerrard in November, the Spaniard favoured playing Ollie Watkins up forward. Even though Ings contributed three goals in as many games.
Despite moving to Villa Park from Southampton, Ings only managed 13 goals and six assists in 48 Premier League outings. This season he has scored six times, with one of those goals coming before Gerrard’s dismissal in October. Also, he scored twice while working under temporary coach Aaron Danks.
Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio have entered the east London scene to challenge the 30-year-old. Both Scamacca and Benrahma have scored many goals for West Ham this season in the Premier League. There have been three goals scored by both the Italian striker and the Algerian winger.
It turns out that Benrahma was one of the reasons why West Ham’s Moyes wanted to sign Ings away from Aston Villa. The 27-year-old’s three goals are offset by his lone assist. The Irons’ most helpful players are Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta, who both have two assists.
According to WhoScored, Aaron Cresswell has made the most critical passes (30) in the Premier League. Among his teammates, the left-back has contributed more than any other player: 26 goals, followed by Jarrod Bowen (24), Rice (24), Benrahma (22), Scamacca, Paqueta, Vladimir Coufal (13), Pablo Fornals (11), Antonio (11), and Tomas Soucek (8).
Moyes felt compelled to acquire Ings from Aston Villa because of West Ham’s attackers’ inability to consistently generate scoring opportunities. He also mentions that Benrahma, who was purchased from Brentford for £20 million (with an additional £5 million in add-ons and a £5 million loan arrangement in 2020), has been their best choice.
Moyes stated, via quotes by football.london: “He’s probably been the best of our attacking players but we’ve not had many at this time. Creating and making and scoring chances has been a problem for us. That’s why we bought in Danny Ings.”