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Update On Aston Villa’s Pursuit Of This Brentford Winger: What Will He Add To Dean Smith’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mirror has provided an update on Aston Villa’s pursuit of Brentford winger Said Benrahma this summer. The same source has mentioned that the Bees have set a £25m asking price for their prized asset amid recent interest from the Villans among other clubs, which include West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Benrahma’s Brilliant Season In The Championship

The Algerian wide player enjoyed a rich vein of form for Thomas Frank’s side after producing several eye-catching performances down the left flank. He has banged in 17 goals and provided ten assists in 46 matches for the Bees last season in multiple competitions highlighting just how well he has performed at Griffin Park over the past 12 months.

Benrahma has done well to average 3.8 shots, 2.1 key passes, 3.0 dribbles and 0.7 crosses per 90 minutes in the recently concluded EFL Championship campaign. However, his ball-distribution has a lot of room for improvement after he has completed 77.8% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The former OGC Nice attacker has also secured three senior caps for the Algerian national side but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his homeland. Maybe a summer move to the Premier League could give him a more prominent stage to prove his worth and claim a few more senior appearances for Algeria in the coming years.

Update on Aston Villa's pursuit of Brenford winger Benrahma who is in action in the picture
Said Benrahma of Brentford looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Preston North End at Griffin Park on July 15, 2020, in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

What Will The Algerian International Add To Dean Smith’s Team?

Benrahma possesses the pace and agility to complete some dangerous dribbles with the ball down the left-wing. He can make some well-timed runs in behind the opposition defence and has proven himself to be a prolific goal-scorer in the Championship last season. However, the Algerian wing wizard lacks top-flight experience, so he might struggle to make an immediate impact if the Villans end up luring him to the West Midlands this summer.

Benrahma ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Dean Smith is looking for in this summer transfer market. He will not only bring more goals and creativity to Villa Park but also bolster Smith’s attacking options significantly ahead of the new season. Furthermore, the Brentford star is a gifted winger and could turn out to be an upgrade over Jack Grealish on the left side of Smith’s frontline.

If the Villans can keep hold of their best first-team members and make a few smart additions like Benrahma, then they might be in with a chance of competing for a top-half finish in the Premier League next season. With all things considered, Benrahma would be a wise acquisition for the Midlands giants. He could potentially help them avoid getting into relegation trouble by regularly contributing via his fair share of goals and assists in the upcoming campaign.

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