There’s plenty of debate amongst Aston Villa fans when it comes to which players, and at what calibre, we should be looking for this summer as we attempt to kick on further in 2020/21 and there’s definitely been a mixed reaction to claims that we might be looking to spend £50million on Brentford pair, Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins.
We’ve long been linked with Algerian international Benrahma and fans will remember the £20million claims from last summer where we wouldn’t apparently meet their valuation for the 24-year-old, but with him having another good Championship season (17 goals, 9 assists) it’s only natural for him to be linked again with them failing at the Play-Off hurdle.
Watkins is a new name for me but with the 24-year-old finding the net 26 times himself last season, given our position with strikers, he’s also an obvious go-to on the rumour front.
£50m For Both?
Not A Chance
Whatever fans feel about their names, pedigree and the price claims, former Villa striker Darren Bent has made a good point about us potentially having an advantage over other clubs, given their previous association with head coach Dean Smith and assistant Richard O’Kelly.
Speaking to Football Insider this weekend, he explained.
“That’s two big fees for two very, very good players and for me, yeah, I can see that happening, Dean Smith knows these players very, very well. They’ve got a manager there who knows them well so for me, two great signings but I don’t think Villa are going to be the only team in for those two, or at least one of those two. Benrahma, he’s a top player, his form since lockdown was superb. I know the last couple of games he wasn’t as effective but before that, he was the reason they were in contention.”
We’ll have to see what happens, few correctly predicted our signings last season after all.