Leeds United are set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
Hay has claimed that “Benrahma is the one” and that Leeds would be “delighted” to sign him, adding, “and they would do it”.
Leeds have been linked with a number of attacking players over the past week, including Emiliano Buendia, Eberechi Eze, Benrahma and Ollie Watkins.
Hay is very clear that it’s Benrahma that Leeds wants above any other.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, he said, “Benrahma will inevitably go. He goes into the category of too good to stay in the Championship.”
Asked if Leeds will try to sign him, Hay said, “They will, no question. They like him a lot and they’d like to do it.
“There is a question of who else goes in for him, he’s been strongly linked with Chelsea and that will be a very difficult battle to compete in now that Chelsea are talking Champions League football, but who knows if they will bid.
“Benrahma, he’s the one. If they could get him they would be delighted and they would do it.”
This week’s episode of the Phil Hay podcast was titled, “United’s number one target” and it’s not surprising that this is Ben White.
Hay said that Leeds will do whatever it takes to bring the centre-back back to Leeds.
Beyond that, it looks like Benrahma is the attacker that Leeds have set their sights on.
He played the majority of last season out on the left-wing but has played across all three of the attacking positions, and even up top on occasions.
His 19/20 heat map from WyScout shows his attacking intent down that flank and if he were to sign then it means Leeds have got both him and Jack Harrison as options there.
Both players can also switch to the right and Benrahma can play through the middle as well.
Add in a new striker and Helder Costa and it would represent a very strong attacking line-up to take into battle in the Premier League.
Benrahma had an xG of 0.37 last season and scored 0.38 goals per game.
Some Leeds fans were concerned that he didn’t show up when needed in the play-off final but that would be to ignore what Benrahma did all season at Brentford.
We’d love to see him in a Leeds shirt.
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