By Ryan Darby

8th Dec, 2020 | 12:45pm

MOT View: Moyes could be set for big West Ham gamble playing 25y/o OOP v Leeds

David Moyes could make a bold decision against Leeds United this weekend and deploy Said Benrahma as a striker, dropping goal-shy forward Sebastien Haller. 

West Ham insider Claret & Hugh claims that the former Brentford man could be utilised in a central position against Leeds, with the Hammers struggling for goals without the injured Michail Antonio.

Haller has been starting in place of Antonio but has only scored twice in the Premier League this season.

It has been reported that Antonio will not return in time for the game at Elland Road on Friday night, leaving Moyes with a decision to make.

Up against a familiar face – but not as they know him

Leeds will know all about the qualities that Benrahma, 25, could bring if Moyes starts him on Friday, having witnessed first hand the damage that he caused in the Championship.

The 25-year-old scored against Leeds for Brentford back in February, as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.

There was once a time where it looked like Leeds could pursue a move to sign the player prior to his decision to join West Ham. However, Paul Robinson suggested that Benrahma’s off-the-field actions may have put paid to any potential Elland Road switch.

When playing centrally, Benrahma is something of an unknown quantity. According to Transfermarkt, it is something he has only done seven times throughout his entire professional career.

Benrahma was deployed as a striker twice for Brentford during the 2019/20 campaign, so his recent experience in the position is limited at best, which would make this a big gamble from Moyes.

After seeing how much success Chelsea enjoyed by attacking down the wings against Leeds, the Whites might be relieved to see Benrahma moved inside.

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