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Brentford look like they are starting to get their season back on track, with Thomas Frank’s side on a run of three straight victories, that has pushed them up to 12th in the Championship, ahead of the weekend visit of Huddersfield Town.
One player who is playing a major part for the Bees this season is Algerian winger Saïd Benrahma who has scored three goals and made two assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.
His silky skills and impressive dribbling ability have certainly caught the eye, and you feel his career is only going one way.
Do you feel Benrahma will be a Premier League player in the next two years?
“Benrahma certainly has all the ability to establish himself in the Premier League, and it seems inevitable that within the next two seasons he will eventually find himself operating in the English top flight, whether with Brentford or another club.
“The attacker actually endured a slow start to the season, but Thomas Frank is beginning to get the best form out of him, which we saw so often last season, in the last few weeks, and it is no surprise that that has culminated in an upturn in both performances and points for the Bees.
“When Benrahma is at his best he is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Championship, but he does need to at times add more consistency to his game in terms of his output of goals and assists if he is going to transition from a Championship player to a Premier League player.
“You almost feel at times that Benrahma could be for Brentford what Adel Taraabt was for Queens Park Rangers a number of seasons ago, with the attacker possessing real flair to make that crucial difference in the final third in tight matches, and the way Brentford are going at the moment who could rule out the Bees going up to the Premier League with the attacker.”
“Definitely. Benrahma is already showing quality in the Championship that any team in the league would be happy to have in their side.
“Last season was the winger’s first in England and for Brentford and he immediately hit the ground running, scoring 10 goals and registering 14 assists (most in the league).
“This season hasn’t been as effective yet with only two goals and two assists after 12 appearances, but a masterclass against Swansea recently proved that his ability hasn’t wavered.
“There was definite Premier League interest in the summer for Benrahma and if he continues to perform at the same level, it will only be a matter of time before he gets his move to the top-flight.”
Will Saïd Benrahma be a Premier League player in the next two years?
“It’s very hard to say right now, as they say, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, and I feel the phrase relates well to a player’s development. It’s all about consistency for Benrahma, which at times he has been found to lack during his Brentford career.
“I feel like he has come on great leaps and bounds this season, with his decision making and finishing having shown dramatic improvements, whilst he also seems to have a much more positive attitude when in possession.
“I don’t see why he won’t make it to the Premier League at some point, the question is, will it be in the next two years? With Brentford, I’m not so sure, I would probably say it would be with another side if he does.
“But as I said before, if he wants to experience the Premier League in that time frame, he really has to improve his consistency this season, as this is one of the detrimental factors of any transfer.”