EPL update: Moyes heaps praise on Lingard-Benrahma partnership, Villa handed Ross Barkley boost

Jesse Lingard-West Ham United

David Moyes speaks highly of Lingard-Benrahma partnership.

West Ham United manager David Moyes has heaped praises on the new partnership between Jesse Lingard and Said Benrahma, which stood out in the 3-1 in the emphatic win against Aston Villa, with the former one completing a brace.

Moyes offered his thoughts on Benrahma, who made his permanent move from Brentford recently, in particular, saying that the Algerian’s work rate has drastically improved. The 25-year-old was excellent alongside new boy Lingard in the win over the Villans, setting up Thomas Soucek’s opener.

“I’ve had a bit of a laugh with him because I’m saying to him: ‘I didn’t realise I’d signed a really hard-working midfield player who runs and closes down, and does all the defensive duties,” Moyes said. “I said: ‘I thought we got someone for assists and goal making.’ They’re the bits which I think he’s probably needed to improve. The other part has been excellent.

“I want team players here. I don’t want individuals. But Saïd’s been great for the team. The other night there were signs he had a bit of a connection with Jesse. Hopefully it helps Saïd improve. I want to bring Saïd along slowly. He needs time to evolve.”

Villans handed major Ross Barkley transfer boost

Ross Barkley has been impressive in his loan spell at Villa Park and Dean Smith’s men are eager to make his signing a permanent one.

Recent reports state that Villans wouldn’t have any struggles in their pursuit of Barkley as the Blues hierarchy are considering selling him. New manager Thomas Tuchel is also not interested in recalling the English midfielder to Stamford Bridge.