Brentford’s Said Benrahma is a man in-demand.
The 24-year-old is enjoying his best spell at the club, and Newcastle and Leicester have this week been linked with a summer move for the £30m-valued Benrahma.
Thomas Frank’s side have emerged as strong contenders for promotion this season. They sit 5th in the Championship table after their 5-1 mauling of Hull City at the weekend, where Benrahma scored a fine hat-trick to take his goals tally to eight for the season.
He joined the club from Nice in 2018 for a fee of £1.5 million, and now the Bees estimate that he’s worth up to £30 million – Aston Villa reportedly had a bid of £20 million rejected by the club in last month’s transfer window.
With promotion on the cards though, Brentford retained their star players for the remainder of the season and are set for a strong finish. But Premier League clubs will come circling again in the summer, and here are three qualities that they can all expect from the Bees man:
This is a player who gets the crowd on their feet. He’s a showman and a good one too – he’s blessed with natural flair and wows with some of his skill. But he backs that up with a solid game. He scores plenty of goals and creates just as many.
He’s shown a great level of commitment since arriving in England and has shown each season that he can move forward as the club does. Brentford are a team known for bringing in players from across Europe and developing them into these fine talents. Benrahma is proving to be the best of that bunch.
A lot of players like Benrahma who have all these step-overs and whatnot are often lazy, and unwilling to put in the work their teams. But Benrahma isn’t one of them – Frank has instilled an aggressive high-press into this side and the front-three of Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo (who’ve scored 38 league goals between them this season) are three of the hardest working forwards in the league.
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They force opposition defenders into mistakes and give themselves plenty more goal-scoring opportunities in doing so. Work-rate was a sight criticism of Benrahma’s when he first joined, but Frank has completely changed that aspect of his game
Benrahma is known for having a cool head when it comes to taking penalties. The Algerian international shows no mercy when he steps up to the spot, and has this season converted twice – in the 3-1 win over QPR and the 7-0 battering of Luton Town.
It’s a trait that often goes unnoticed, but it’s one that sets a lot of players apart. Benrahma has an all-round game and the step-up to the Premier League should come naturally to him.
Whoever lands him will have a real player on their hands, but Brentford have a good chance of being in the top-flight themselves next year, and the little Algerian would be their star man.