Performance in Numbers: Said Benrahma’s dribbling ability can benefit Aston Villa

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.

To combat the lack of creative nous in that area of the pitch, they’ve signed Jota from Birmingham whilst also bringing back Anwar El Ghazi for a permanent stay.

The latter was by far Villa’s best wide player last season, ending the campaign with six goals and six assists during his loan spell.

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.

A Dean Smith signing at Brentford last term, the Algerian was one of the most threatening players in the Championship, scoring ten times and claiming 14 assists.

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.

Last season Benrahma completed a mightily impressive nine successful dribbles in a game against Sheffield United. The highest El Ghazi managed in just one game was four.

Focusing further on the Bees winger, he managed another six dribbles in a 5-1 win against Hull, a clash he found the back of the net three times in as he put in an outstanding display.

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.