Said Benrahma has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, but will the Algerian international want to leave Brentford?
The 24-year-old’s season began slowly. He and Brentford got off to a dismal start to the season and after the opening stages, Thomas Frank was coming under scrutiny from fans.
But the Dane has turned his fortunes around and Benrahma has upped his game to help him do so. Brentford have won six of their last eight games in the Championship and find themselves in 8th-place for the visit of Luton Town this weekend.
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Benrahma has been with the club since joining from French outfit Chateauroux in 2018 and in his first season in the Championship, scored ten goals in 38 appearances.
He was Brentford’s main man going into this season but didn’t find form until several weeks into it, and striker Ollie Watkins has since stepped up to be the the top dog at Griffin Park.
The Algerian along with Watkins are two of the most dangerous attacking players in the Championship, Bryan Mbeumo has also come in over the summer and filled the third spot in that front-three – the trio between them this season have 17 goals and 5 assists.
Benrahma has recently been linked with a January move to Aston Villa with his former manager Dean Smith rumoured to be lining up a £20 million bid – he’s a fine player and well worthy of the price tag, but would he want to leave Brentford to reunite with Smith at Villa Park?
The lure of the Premier League proves too much for most and expect Benrahma to take the leap should Villa pursue the deal. He’s a top-class player for Brentford and though his goals and assist haven’t quite been there this season, what he gives to the side is undeniable.
Benrahma will be thinking that this could be his only chance to play in the Premier League. At 24-years-old it could be the perfect time for him to make that leap – he’s not too old to still have an established career in the top-flight and not too inexperienced to be chewed up and spat out by it.
Frank and Brentford fans would love to see him stay and he’s not the only one who could leave in January – Watkins has been linked with a move to Sheffield United in January as well. If that deal goes through then Benrahma may follow suit, and that’d leave the Bees without their sting.