Over the course of the weekend just gone, the Daily Star claimed Newcastle United were among the clubs interested in a move for Brentford star Said Benrahma in what was some rare transfer news for the Magpies.
Indeed, it had become increasingly obvious that Steve Bruce had to focus on shifting players out of St. James’ Park towards the end of the window but, while the European deadline is now shut, clubs are able to do deals domestically until October 16th.
So, while it remains unlikely to see the Algerian move to Tyneside in what remains of the window, the fact his move to West Ham United has reportedly broken down should be fairly promising. Obviously, the likes of Crystal Palace can still attempt to lure him away but, with so little time left, perhaps Benrahma will remain in West London until at least January.
Then, maybe Newcastle can act. After all, this is a man who outperformed every Toon player in pretty much every attacking department last season. Only Allan Saint-Maximin (4.7) beat his 3 dribbles per game and no one in black and white could match his stats for shots per game (3.8) or key passes over the same period (2.1), so it’s fair to say the 25-year-old has the tools to raise the attacking game should he join.
With Newcastle looking short-term for their signings in the summer just gone, 2021 should – in theory (though Newcastle United never follow conventional theories) – allow them to bring a long-term investment and someone capable of adding another accessory to the car, rather than fixing what’s under the bonnet.
Would you like Newcastle to sign Said Benrahma?
No, focus on other areas
Given his age and ability, Benrahma could be exactly that, should he not leave Brentford in the next few days. If he doesn’t, Newcastle have been handed a second chance.