Presumably he is the main target.
He is certainly exciting, tricks and flicks, the kind of player fans are happy to pay good money to watch.
Watching yesterday, was a bit concerned about his tracking back (or lack of it). But maybe he was told not to, we dont know what he was told so will give him the benefit of the doubt on that.
His Championship record is exceptional.
66.6 matches ( 5999 minutes)
27 goals 24 assists
Competition for him will be huge (far more then Watkins i suspect).
Chelsea, Arsenal and Villa all clubs that have been linked.
All have advantages over us.
European football in 2 cases, longer in the Prem, far more money in all 3 cases (if Kroenke is willing to spend any).
However, if i was Said i would consider the story of the temperamental but talented French winger playing in Marseille.
This player while very talented had a tendency to clash with others and sulk and thus by his late 20s despite the talent he still hadnt fulfilled his potential.
But then a legendary figure drifted in to his life and everything changed.
It wasnt easy, the player was dropped and the legendary figure was very hard on him in training.
But the player credits this figure with turning his career around.
Payet (SURPRISE) became a number 10 (enganche)
Dazzled and delighted Prem fans (none more so then West Ham).
Became an international, won awards etc.
Bielsa made Payet the player he was.
Payet like Benrahma was a dazzling but inconsistent winger.
Payet has said how he wishes he had had MB earlier in his career (he was 27).
Benrahma has that chance, surely thats worth more then a few extra pounds?
Edit- forgot the obligatory Youtube video (sorry about the music, mute it)
Villa are favourites to sign both, presumably due to the Dean Smith link. Wouldn’t be surprised to see both go there to be honest, we know Villa love to spend.
Pablo’s game time has been closely managed this season (even when fully fit) and no doubt will play even less next year.
Ian Poveda looks like a brilliant little player with a lot of potential. He is only 20 though and after only four appearances, is not ready to replace Pablo.
I think it would be massively naive of us to think that we don’t need a proper replacement for Pablo, one who is ready to do the job now.
The Premier League is another animal, and I feel that we will be eaten alive if we don’t strengthen in a few positions.
I do worry about the attitude of Watkins and (to a slightly lesser extent) Benrahma if we were to bring them in, but I think a lot of that is down to the coaches they’ve played under. We all know how arrogant Thomas Frank has been in recent weeks, and I have about as much respect for Dean Smith as I do Lampard. It’s also no secret to any player coming into the Leeds setup that Bielsa will demand a lot of hard work and respect. I especially think this of Watkins and Benrahma who, after a season alongside Jansson, will have heard first hand how he operates.
What I mean to say is, if there is any poor attitude in these players, Bielsa would surely ‘beat’ it out of them.
By the way when adding up the goals from the wings don't forget to add Dallas/Alio and Ayling's goals, most full backs wouldn't get in the box as much as ours do
Benrahma would be 2nd choice because i think you can see similarities between him and Payet which is why i mentioned it.
Payet was a winger, full of skills and tricks but questionable work rate and attitude.
He is a better winger attacking wise then we have atm, twice the player Harrison is and better then Costa to.
If MB moves him into the cm it may go wrong, but it was MB who realised Payet was better as a 10, maybe thats where he sees Benrahma.
Definitely dont want Watkins
Doubt we will get Benrahma as i imagine Villa will just throw tons of cash at him and hope for the best.
But for a decent price id be happy with Benrahma.
To be fair, Benrahma is a winger who plays in a front 3.
If he were to come in to replace Pablo then he would be out of his natural position. If we are looking for a Pablo replacement to play in Bielsa’s Enganche role, I’d rather us go for Buendia at £25m
What Benrahma has that Harrison and Costa don’t is goals. 17 goals and 9 assists gives him more goal involvements than Harrison and Costa combined (22 goal involvements between them). Not to mention, more goals than our central striker.
Brentford’s tactics and mentality were all wrong yesterday.
Even though he looked poor at times last night, he has been brilliant this season and has the potential to be brilliant under a coach like ours. He has had more
goal involvements since the restart than any other player in the league (7 goals and 2 assists).
Seems from Beren Cross’ Q&A this afternoon that the top two targets are Watkins and White. Benrahma looks unlikely given that other clubs are in for him and he isn’t top of our list.