After seeing summer transfer target Said Benrahma join West Ham on deadline day, Aston Villa could see the best of Trezeguet this season.
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Reports in recent months had suggested Dean Smith’s side were targeting a move for the Algeria international, with Villa eventually signing Benrahma’s Brentford teammate Ollie Watkins.
In the end, it was Villa’s fellow Premier League side, West Ham, who swooped in at the last moment to snap up Benrahma on an initial loan deal, with an obligation to buy.
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Despite missing out on one of their key targets, it could have a very positive consequence on a player already at the club.
Time for Trezeguet to shine
Having joined Villa from Turkish club Kasimpasa last summer, it’s fair to say Trezeguet had a promising debut campaign in English football.
The Egypt international – valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt – scored seven goals across all competitions last season, including a truly priceless winner against Arsenal in the penultimate game of the Premier League – a result that effectively sealed Villa’s status in the top-flight.
Despite playing 41 times, including featuring in 34 out of the 38 league games, Trezeguet may have been looking anxiously over his shoulders amid Villa’s interest in Benrahma.
Of course, Smith’s side did end up bringing in Bertrand Traore from Lyon, but Benrahma’s previous history with the Villa boss, and the fact he would have come in for a hefty price, may have seen Trezeguet slip into the shadows.
Instead, the fact that they missed out on him, could see him take his game up a level. He already has a full campaign of English football under his belt now, and that will stand him in good stead for this season.
Speaking after his winner against Arsenal, Trezeguet’s teammate, Tyrone Mings, hailed him as “brilliant” and that he’s an “important player” for the club. With no Benrahma, the Egyptian can knuckle down and light up Villa Park.
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