Brentford’s Said Benrahma has been the talk of Aston Villa fans via Twitter after a claim from journalist Gregg Evans that he was deemed ‘too expensive’ last summer.
Impressing for Thomas Frank’s Brentford side this term, Algerian forward Benrahma has scored 10 goals and gained eight assists in 34 games, and his form has attracted some of England’s biggest sides ahead of the summer transfer window.
Villa, who have been interested in the winger on a long term basis, failing to convince Brentford to sell last summer, would have been hopeful to try again this time round given that Benrahma played under current boss Dean Smith when he was in charge of the Bees.
Superb and consistent form this term has now caught the eye of a number of Premier League sides, including Arsenal, who are keen to add some new faces to their ranks this coming summer.
With Villa fully focused on maintaining their top-flight status at present, Evans, who is a reporter for The Athletic, has now prompted potential further speculation by suggesting he was a top target for Smith last summer, but was considered to expensive to sign.
Responding to Evans’ claim via fan account Total Villa, fans gave their opinion on the in-form attacker…
Said Benrahma was “a top pick” for Dean Smith last summer but was too expensive [ @greggevans40 ]
— Total Villa (@Total_Villa) June 11, 2020
If we stay up, I hope we aim a bit higher than Championship level players than we did last summer
— Darren B (@DarrenBagley2) June 11, 2020
Shame didn’t get Samatta in earlier
— Phil 🦁 (@phildaroom) June 11, 2020
Too expensive? Relegation would also be quite costly. We should have done everything necessary (maximise the quality of coach and squad) to smash this league in our first season back, like Wolves and Sheff Utd did.
— Patrick Nee (@drpatrickn) June 11, 2020
Would make no difference with Smiths tactics and Terrys inability to coach.
— Brian Brogden (@bullysback) June 11, 2020
How is £20 million too expensive
— OsamaNajib20AVFC🦁🦁 (@ONajib18) June 12, 2020
People need to get over this. We are where we are with 10 games to go. Stay up and build is the only objective.
I like Benrahma and Maupay (who could end up going down with Brighton) but defence has been our issue all season.
— Gregg Sadler (@gregg_sadler) June 11, 2020
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