As West Ham United suffered a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Newcastle United, Said Benrahma was slammed by BBC pundit James Collins for his defending for Callum Wilson’s opener.
The England international went on to score a double, as things went from bad to worse for David Moyes’ side and that too in front of home crowd at the London Stadium.
BBC pundit James Collins, who played 214 games for the club across two spells in east London, left no punches to criticise Said Benrahma after Callum Wilson opened the scoring with a thumping header for Newcastle United.
The Newcastle striker was allowed plenty of space and time in the Irons box to place his header home in the sixth minute at the London Stadium.
And former West Ham defender Collins was not at all fussed with Benrahma’s part in the goal, failing to stop a cross from Allan Saint-Maximin.
“Terrible from West Ham, they got off to such a good start, high tempo, the fans were behind them. Benrahma’s defending to stop the cross from St-Maximin is shocking,” he told BBC Sport in his critical assessment.
“A man of Callum Wilson’s quality, you would expect him to score from there but from West Ham’s point of view it is terrible defending.
“David Moyes is absolutely furious with his team. That is a real killer blow for West Ham.”
Benrahma could also not quite be at his attacking best during the match at the London Stadium given Newcastle’s attacking prowess, with the visitors forcing the winger to track back and help out his defence.
Newcastle wide-man Jacob Murphy was a constant threat down the right, with Benrahma forced to cope with that threat in order to ensure West Ham left-back Emerson had enough support.
Being an attacker, defending doesn’t come naturally to Benrahma, however Collins was spot on with his assessment as the Hammers cannot afford to be as careless as he was against Newcastle given West Ham’s relegation battle.