Aston Villa to reignite their interest in Said Benrahma

Said Benrahma

Aston Villa will reignite their interest in Brentford’s Said Benrahma this summer.

However, that will depend on a few things, according to Gregg Evans of the Athletic. Firstly, the Villans will need to stay in the Premier League. Secondly, they’ll need to find the cash reserves to afford the tricky winger.

Villa bid £14m for his services last summer but it was rejected by Dean Smith’s former side. It’s thought the player is worth more around the £20m mark, or even more.

Smith has already paid over that for two players – Tyrone Mings and Wesley, so he certainly isn’t afraid to splash the cash when needed.

His value has increased after another superb Championship season – scoring 10 goals. If Villa stay in the Premier League, it’s likely they’ll be able to afford a deal. It could be a different story if they get relegated.

GIVE ME SPORT’S Matt Dawson says...

Benrahma is one of the best players in the Championship – there’s no denying that.

Last term, the Algerian scored ten goals and registered a colossal 14 assists. So far this campaign, the winger has ten goals again but has created seven strikes for his teammates. Blessed with the ability to find the back of the net and pick out a teammate with ease, he’d be an astute capture.

One of his stand out qualities is the way he can beat a man. Speaking in February 2019, Thomas Frank spoke after the wide man bagged a hat-trick.

"He’s just such an exciting player. When he gets the ball, you just have the feeling he can create something out of nothing. He has the magic that very few teams in this league have,” he explained.

It’s that individual quality that suggests he might be able to outmuscle Villa’s talisman Jack Grealish in one particular area – dribbling.

In the Championship this term, Benrahma has racked up 3.1 dribbles per game. That’s higher than Grealish who manages just 2.2 in comparison.

The latter is well known for travelling with the ball so it speaks volumes that Villa’s transfer target is better in that department.

He’d be a very good piece of business if Smith can keep his side in the top-flight.

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