Saïd Benrahma

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If it was a beauty contest where you got points for styles, then yeah of course.

But even today, at age 24 vs. 34, Milner would have that lad in his pocket. Then he would bomb forward to support the attack.

Milner was maybe a bad choice from you!
Not really - I didn't say Milner wasn't effective but his style is boring at hell.

Would you pay to watch Milner? I wouldn't. Give me quick feet and silky skills over industry any day of the week.
 

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get him in I say!

Benrahma + Ziyech + Atal & it'll be an Algerian/Maroc party upfront. All in about the cost of Maddison probably.
 

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Not really - I didn't say Milner wasn't effective but his style is boring at hell.

Would you pay to watch Milner? I wouldn't. Give me quick feet and silky skills over industry any day of the week.
Yeah I guess I see the specific point you are making, and I concede. I would never buy a ticket just to watch Milner in the flesh. I might do that to go witness someone's outrageious skills in person.
 

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Starts against Leeds tonight. Be interesting to see how he does. On sky sports.
 

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He’s been class this season, although I’m tempted to say a large reason for that is he’s playing in a great system, in a front three with Watkins and Mbeumo. They all fit each other well and offer different things.
As for him being a fit here? Firstly our scouts are too stupid to pick up on a player like him. Secondly if they did I think he’d struggle a bit under such a poorly coached system.
I think it’s safe to say our scouts are aware of him. I’d say the real issue is he isn’t someone playing under a former teammate of Ole, represented by his agent/business associates, or renowned worldwide.
 

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Not really - I didn't say Milner wasn't effective but his style is boring at hell.

Would you pay to watch Milner? I wouldn't. Give me quick feet and silky skills over industry any day of the week.
I totally understand what you mean, for me Ronaldinho was more exciting to watch for me than pretty much any other footballer, there are obvious reasons why he's never in contention for best ever, but he's definitely the most entertaining!

I think Milner or Benrahma isn't really a like for like though, as they'd probably work well together.
 

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What about Philips who Ole should also buy? How’s he doing
Phillips looks like a old school DM, doesn't move over the half-way line in this game anyway.

Think Dier in positioning, he doesn't have a problem taking the ball under pressure.
 

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He wasn't at his best today but wasn't on his own in that regard but here is what I posted elsewhere regarding him:

Benrahama is the easiest to get out of current Brentford front three Villa defnitely wanted him in the summer but baulked at the £20m price tag put on him but all the noises were that if someone came in with close to that he'd probably push for a move. In terms of styles of play I'd put him as the Championship version of Eden Hazard, similar build and similar silky dribbling skills. Started the season a bit slowly but was recovering from an injury and maybe ruing the fact he didn't get a move to the Prem. Plays wide of a very fluid front free so who would he replace at United - probably Daniel James. Obviously not as quick as James but will score and assist more than him I'd wager. Given the league position and conrtact he is on it's going to take at least £20m I'd say to get talks going especially after the JAred Bowen tranfer.
 

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Is an LW or a 10. If we get someone like Grealish in, this one doesn't make any sense. He would need time to develop at this level and we already have the likes of James or academy prospects (Mejbri for the 10 role ? Or even Gomes if we don't lose him) who can take up that time and effort. Will be pretty pointless I guess.
 

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We should be looking at much higher calibre players than ones plying their trade in the Championship. Standards seem to be dropping at a colossal rate.
Correct, he's already 24, if he was at this stage in his career at 20/21, with still substantial upside possible, then that's different. At 24, he's already most of the player he's ever going to be.
 

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Correct, he's already 24, if he was at this stage in his career at 20/21, with still substantial upside possible, then that's different. At 24, he's already most of the player he's ever going to be.
Mahrez was 23 playing for Leicester in the championship and scored 3 goals in his first season.
 

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Can’t say I’ve watched him at all other than the highlights, so would be keen to hear from those who have on my impression - he looks to be both someone who looks best and most effective when he plays simple; yet seems to lack end product relative to his ability to best someone one-on-one.

It’s like a contradiction.

However the thing that makes me think he would be worth the risk is his ability to best a player one on one and cause the defender to scramble. This to me is a big reason why we are easy to defend deep against. If a team just holds a structure we can’t break them down because no one beats a player one to one to create any defensive decision making pressure.