Premier League side Newcastle United had a representative at Griffin Park on Saturday to watch Brentford forward Said Benrahma, according to the Northern Echo.
The Algerian winger has been a revelation since joining the Bees and has some impressive statistics in the current campaign. He’s netted eight times in the league this season as well as contributing six assists.
The 24-year-old winger has regularly been touted with a move to a Premier League side, with Arsenal being just one of the other teams who are reportedly interested in signing him.
He’s made up part of a Brentford front three that includes striker Ollie Watkins and winger Bryan Mbuemo, and has been a key part of the Bees’ promotion charge in the Championship over the past months.
Brentford currently sit in fifth-place in the Championship table, just two points behind Leeds United who sit in the automatic promotion places. The Whites travel to Griffin Park on Tuesday.
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This would be a move that would most likely see him play first-team football straight away, whereas some of the other clubs linked may have him sit on the bench when he first joins.
The objection to joining Newcastle, however, is due to the style of football that they are currently playing. It’s very much defensive and may not suit Benrahma’s possession-based attacking.
He could bring them another option in the attacking ranks, and could well become a star in the Premier League but that can only happen if he’s played regularly.
It will be interesting to see which club he ends up going to, though he could well stay at the Bees if they achieve promotion to the Premier League this season.