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Aston Villa Eyeing Late Move For This In-Demand Brentford Ace: Should Smith Launch A Move?

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In a recent tweet, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has claimed that Aston Villa are eyeing a late move for Brentford winger Said Benrahma even though West Ham United remain in pole position to secure his signature before the domestic transfer deadline on October 16. However, the Villans will have to battle it out with the Hammers as well as Fulham and Crystal Palace in pursuit of the Algerian wide player this month (via David Ornstein).

Benrahma’s Magnificent Goal-Scoring Record At Greater London Last Season

It was a memorable campaign for Benrahma in the last term when he put in a series of mesmerising performances on the left side of Thomas Frank’s frontline. The Algerian international managed to end last season with 17 goals and ten assists to his name in 46 matches for the Bees in multiple competitions.

Benrahma made a good impression at the Brentford Community Stadium as he averaged 3.8 shots, 2.1 key passes and 3.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English second division. His match-winning contributions weren’t enough for Brentford to seal promotion back to the Premier League after Fulham beat them in the EFL Championship playoffs final. However, the Algerian wing wizard needs to improve his link-up play with his teammates in the opposition half as evident from his pass success rate of 77.8% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Aston Villa eyeing a late move for Said Benrahma who is seen 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 Does The Algerian Playmaker Bring To The Table?

Benrahma excels at generating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target and has also shown great creativity with his passes in the final third. He is a penetrative dribbler with the ball down the left flank and can be a constant nuisance for the opposition defenders. The Algerian attacker has all the attributes needed to be a success story in the Premier League as long as he can adapt to the physical nature and high intensity of top-flight football. However, he needs to take care of the ball better if he wants to make a name for himself at the highest level.

Should The Villans Launch A Late Move For Benrahma This Month?

Aston Villa have made a bright start to this campaign after winning all three of their league matches so far. The West Midlands even managed to beat the reigning champions of England, Liverpool by a 7-2 scoreline which has raised the expectations of the Villa supporters for this campaign. Hence, it makes sense for them to push for a late deal for Benrahma who can come in and help them challenge for a top-half finish in the Premier League this season.

The Algerian will add plenty of goals and creativity to Dean Smith’s attack and could increase competition for places within his squad. Furthermore, he has the hunger to become a world-class player in his position someday, so Smith will enjoy working with him at Villa Park in the coming seasons.

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