It didn’t surprise many in the summer when Dean Smith raided his old club and secured the signature for Brentford defender Ezri Konsa.
At the time, many thought that Konsa wasn’t going to be the only Bees player to make the switch from the Championship club to Aston Villa.
Winger Said Benrahma was a player heavily touted for a move to the Midlands outfit [The Express], but a move didn’t materialise for the player.
But during the period that Villa were keen on Benrahama’s services, it seems as though Newcastle were also keen on the 24-year-old, as reported by the Shield Gazzette.
The Magpies are now managed by Steve Bruce, as the club saw a number of big changes in the summer – from the departures of Rafa Benitez and Ayoze Perez to the return of Andy Carroll.
Both Villa and Newcastle have started the new Premier League campaign in an indifferent manner, and if their owners are ambitious, then they may just dip in the January market for more firepower because it’s what they need.
From Villa’s perspective, they are missing that cutting edge and they definitely need more depth in quality, so it would be a surprise if the club don’t sign another attack-minded player when the window re-opens in the winter.
Whilst Benrahma hasn’t started off the season as expected – he is yet to score or assist in four league games [transfermarkt] – he will start producing the goods sooner rather than later because he missed pre-season through injury and returned to action late.
It won’t be too long before Villa and Newcastle fans start to hear more of Benrahama because as the game’s progress, his talented engine will be at full power.