According to the latest reports from the Express, Aston Villa could land Said Benrahma before the end of the transfer window. The Algerian has been linked with the newly-promoted club for quite some time, and the winger has already worked with Dean Smith before at Brentford.
Benrahma started 29 games for Brentford last season and scored ten goals along with providing 14 assists. Such performances haven’t gone unnoticed, and he has continuously been linked with a move away. Smith is known to be a big admirer of the winger, and it is no surprise that he wants to bring him to Villa Park.
Smith on possible new signings
Smith indicated recently that his transfer business is not yet done and they are still looking to strengthen their squad. The Villans have already spent close to £120m in this transfer window.
Smith was quoted as saying (Birmingham Mail), ”We’re still looking, we’re always open. We’ve got some players we like, but everything has to line up I think for that to happen. There are still some areas where you feel we can strengthen, but there’s a competitive edge around training at the moment because there’s competition for places in all positions.”
Benrahma usually likes to play down the left flank, but he can play in a central role as well as a secondary striker or as an attacking midfielder. Smith brought him at Brentford just last season, and one can expect the Bees to play hardball when it comes to selling their star player after only one season.
What will Benrahma bring at Villa Park?
The winger is known for his agility, quick feet and ability to go past defenders with ease. The 23-year-old also uses his pace and acceleration to good effect, and he is usually tough to defend against in a one on situation. Benrahma has quite easily been the standout player at Brentford ever since his arrival.
What makes him really effective is that he finds the right ball in the final third and can finish off moves as well. Often players with flashy skills are guilty of not having much end product, but Benrahma is someone who can deliver in the attacking third.
Good signing for Villa?
The club has plenty of attacking options at the moment, but Benrahma can be a top player once he settles in the Premier League. He has already worked with the manager before, so Smith knows what he would get from him. His work rate should suit Smith’s gameplan, and it will not be a surprise to see Villa pull off this move before the end of the window.
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