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Leicester City look like they will have to go head-to-head with Newcastle United, with both clubs eyeing up a move for Brentford ace Said Benrahma, according to a report by the Daily Express.
Benrahma is considered by many to be one of the most talented players in the Championship, with his partnership with Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins proving very fruitful, with the trio scoring 38 goals in the league this season.
So would Benrahma prove a good fit at the King Power Stadium and is he good enough for the Premier League?
“Yes, he would be a great signing for them.
“Benrahma’s game would perfectly suit Leicester, who look to play fast, attacking football.
“Everyone who has seen him play in the Championship this season will have quickly recognised that he is too good for this level and whether Brentford win promotion or not, he will be a Premier League player by August.
“Whilst Leicester aren’t in desperate need for an attacking midfielder, you would say Benrahma would give the team something different from the left flank and he could be a star for the Foxes in the years to come. There will be a real battle for his signature and whoever wins the race will have done a great bit of business.”
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“Leicester need not look any further than the impact of Riyad Mahrez and, more recently, Harvey Barnes to ponder whether Benrahma would make the cut at the Foxes.
“Riyad Mahrez was transformed at Leicester from a top Championship winger to a one of the best in the Premier League, and there is no reason why Benrahma can’t follow a similar trajectory.
“At present, he has eight goals and five assists to his name following a dominant display against Hull City at the weekend where he scooped up the match ball in a 5-1 win.
“Leicester would be a great move for Benrahma and he would certainly get time in the side to showcase his qualities, just as Harvey Barnes managed when he was recalled.”
“Benrahma has enjoyed another excellent season in the Championship with his hat-trick against Hull exemplifying his sheer quality, and I can see exactly why Leicester are considering a move for him.
“James Maddison is a prime example of how the Foxes have developed a reputation for further developing bright talents at a higher level, and I can see the Foxes’ hierarchy viewing Benrahma in a similar vein.
“He possesses the skills and attacking vibrance to be a big hit at Leicester, but my only question would be whether a move to a different Premier League club might offer more guarantee of regular playing time than a move to the Foxes.
“The fact of the matter is that Leicester might need to target players at a higher level than Benrahma in order to improve the quality of their starting line-up, but I still think that the attacker would be a good fit at the King Power Stadium.”