Barring Aston Villa’s defensive frailties last season there wasn’t too much wrong with their squad. The fact they were able to achieve promotion tells the story.
However, there was one problem in a wide area, an aspect that’ll simply have to improve as the club gear up for a return to the Premier League.
Yet, there is still room for improvement.
One player who could further solve their issues on the flanks is Said Benrahma, a tricky winger the Villans have had a bid knocked back for according to Le10 Sport.
It was a phenomenal return given he only started on 29 occasions, but it’s his dribbling ability that proves to make the biggest difference.
In 2018/19, he averaged 2.4 dribbles per game, a stat that puts him far above anyone else in the Villa side.
To put that into context, El Ghazi managed just 1.2 successful dribbles a match. Given the Dutchman’s impact and his canny nature down the left-hand side, this is perhaps surprising.
Villa will know all too well the threat he can provide and that’s why they must do everything they can to bring him to the Midlands this summer.
When the Villans travelled to Brentford last campaign, Benrahma was successful with five dribbles as he terrorised their backline.
The 23-year-old would come with the added benefit of being able to play on both wings too and should he join, he and El Ghazi would provide a serious threat to opposition teams.