You will struggle to find many better debut seasons in the EFL than Said Benrahma had for Brentford last term.
The Algerian playmaker signed for the Bees from Nice last summer, and became a hugely influential player for the West London club after initially biding his time under Dean Smith.
Now, it is claimed by the Sun that the 48-year-old is looking to reunite with the Algerian this summer, as he prepares to rebuild his Aston Villa squad ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Having been linked with the small matter of a move to Arsenal and Chelsea back in January, Brentford are hardly going to let their talisman leave for nothing, with the Bees reportedly set to demand around £20million for the 23-year-old.
Here, we take a look to see whether Benrahma has previously justified such a lucrative price tag…
In 38 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship last season, Benrahma scored 10 goals, adding a further 14 assists for Thomas Frank’s side. He ended up as the division’s highest assister, beating Hull’s Kamil Grosicki and Leeds’ Pablo Hernandez.
Those strikes came from an average of 2.9 shots per game, with the playmaker also completing an average of 2.4 dribbles per game.
The Algerian’s vision and range of passing abilities were a delight for Neal Maupay, who scored 28 goals in all competitions for the Bees, with Benrahma accruing a pass success rate of 78.3% and completing 2.3 key passes per game.
Although Brentford were fighting in the lower half of the Championship table for the majority of the campaign, this only indicates at how much of a good season Benrahma had for the Bees, contributing to a total of 24 goals all in all.
Villa have already completed the signing of Jota for a minimal fee, but you feel that the signing of Benrahma would be a marquee one at that, and he would occupy that right wing spot with ease.
Brentford will be praying that they can keep hold of their star-man, but whether £20million is enough to replace the classy playmaker remains to be seen…