Said Benrahma had the sort of afternoon a winger dreams of this weekend as his Brentford side hammered sorry Hull City by five goals to one.
The Algerian has been in and out of form as the fancied Bees have plummeted down the table, but the slide has now been arrested and they’re looking up once more.
Dean Smith’s departure hit them hard, as did the goals of Neal Maupay seemingly drying up. It saw the one-time Championship leaders drop dangerously close to the bottom three, but Saturday’s win lifts them to 16th, 14 points clear of the drop.
The win, a 5-1 hammering of Nigel Adkins toothless Tigers, was orchestrated by Benrahma via goals, assists and an all-round phenomenal performance.
We shine out FLW Spotlight on the 23-year-old as he rises to the occasion for Thomas Frank.
Benrahma played on the left of a three-man attack that has enough quality to frighten even the best of sides, with Maupay in the middle and Oliver Hawkins on the right. The 3-4-3 formation is all about chance creation, but it needs those front players to drop out wide as well as into the channels.
Until he was withdrawn on 84 minutes, Benrahma did just that. He put in a masterclass of a performance, something akin to the old ‘inside left’ position. He was winger and a centre forward, a point proven by his goals and assist.
He bagged three, the last of which came just minutes before he was withdrawn. It was his pass that led to Kamohelo Mokotjo lashing home the opener after Hull took and early lead, then his brace before half time putting the game beyond doubt.
He was on fire, making six key passes as Brentford created ten shots on target and a further fifteen off target. He wanted to get on the ball, making six successful dribble in addition to his creativity. The winger was virtually unplayable all afternoon.
He made 26 other passes during the game too, 88.5% of which found their way to a teammate.
Up until Saturday he had bagged four Championship goals all season, but in 84 scintillating minutes he took that total to seven and ended any lingering doubts the Bees might have had about a late relegation battle.