Newcastle were at Griffin Park on Saturday watching Brentford trio Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo, and Ollie Watkins take on Middlesbrough. Both Mbeumo and Watkins scored in the game while another one of our reported targets Marcus Tavernier got an assist for the visitors.
After the 3-2 Brentford win, Said Benrahma spoke to BBC Sport about all the attention he is receiving from Premier League clubs.
This is what the 24-year-old had to say:
“For the moment I am focused on Brentford. This summer, I will see but for the moment I am so focused here.
“I am happy, I play, I score, I win, it’s a good position so I am happy. For the moment I am here.
“My ambition is to play in the premier league. That’s my first ambition. It’s the first step and then continue to progress.
“If I go into the Premier League God willing with Brentford or…. I don’t know but my ambition is premier league.”
Benrahma doesn’t reveal anything unexpected in these comments. Of course, he would harbor ambitions to play at the highest level.
However, right now he’s fighting to help Brentford achieve promotion this season. The Bees are in an excellent position with 15 games left to go.
They are fifth but only two points behind an automatic promotion spot with by far the best goal difference in the Championship.
Benrahma has a good chance of achieving his ambition with Brentford by season’s end. However, if that doesn’t happen, he’ll have plenty of Premier League teams looking to bring him in this summer.
Newcastle have recently been linked to the Algerian international though Aston Villa and Chelsea are also said to be very interested.
A lot will depend on how Brentford fare over the next three months. If they do get promoted, his loyalty could still be tested, but it’ll be that much harder to pry him away.