Said Benrahma could be the arrival Wilf Zaha needs. Crystal Palace reportedly want the Brentford winger before the transfer deadline.
No one is too sure what Said Benrahma is going to go. It did look like West Ham United had the £30m forward in the bag but that now seems premature.
This from the Mirror suggests a deal will not happen but, importantly, other teams are interested. One of those is Crystal Palace and we believe Benrahma could be a superb signing.
For more than just his ability, too.
The star man at Palace is undoubtedly Wilf Zaha. The problem, though, is that everyone knows that. Stop Zaha and you’ll make things very tough for Palace.
He’s their go-to. If he’s not scoring the goals, he’s the one threatening the opposition with his runs and dribbling. But again, stop that and you can pin Palace back.
It makes them a little one-dimensional and hurts Zaha in the long-run. He can’t perform at his best if virtually all the defensive focus is on him. There’s a reason, after all, that he was the most dispossessed player in the Premier League last season.
And that’s why we think Palace should move for Benrahma. He’d be an expensive risk at £30m, of course, having not played in the Premier League before. But the benefits could be huge.
Roy Hodgson get a 25-year-old forward who scored 17 goals last season, primarily from the wing, and set up another nine. The season before that he scored ten and set up 14. Benrahma, then, is a fantastically productive and versatile forward.
He would demand the attention of opposition defences, freeing up Zaha to do the damage he does.
On top of that, both players are flexible. They can each play out wide on either wing or up top – the possibilities there are ample. Hodgson could even use Benrahma and Zaha as a front-two.
There’s so much going for this deal, then, even if it is a risk. If Palace can make it happen, it could transform their attack.