Aston Villa Opinion: Should Villa make a move for Ramy Bensebaini?
Aston Villa, at the moment, are 11th in the Championship and have an outside chance of making it to the playoffs, but that’s very unlikely. However, the club will be looking to get back into the Premier League sooner than later and to do that, they’ll have to add a few new stars to their team sheet.
This does include a new centre-back, especially given the fact that they have only James Chester, Micah Richards and Tommy Elphick as options. While manager Dean Smith did add Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe and Kortney Hause on loan, their spell at the club will end once the current season ends.
And that gives the Lions a small issue as it might affect their promotion hopes again. That’s exactly why the club should target Ligue 1 star Ramy Bensebaini in the summer.
The 23-year-old did well at Algerian side Paradou AC and earned a move to Montpellier. It was here that the Algerian centre-back made his name as one of the club’s most promising stars before leaving for Stade Rennais.
Since then, Bensebaini has established himself as a star at the Ligue 1 side and more so, grown into his role as a ball-playing centre-back. Versatile enough to play as a left-back and as a defensive midfielder, the 23-year-old is close to perfect for Aston Villa.
Dean Smith has used either Tyrone Mings and Tommy Elphick or James Chester and Tommy Elphick, showing the world exactly what he likes. Elphick in this situation is the no-nonsense aggressor with either Mings or Chester acting as the ball-playing defender.
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However, Mings will eventually return to Bournemouth and that’s exactly why they need to make a move for Bensebaini. He would perfectly fit into Dean Smith’s tactics and his mentality will help make the transition a lot easier from the Ligue 1 to the Championship.
But that’s only if Dean Smith does decide to make a move, and with the summer window approaching quickly, the Villa boss needs to decide. Otherwise, the club would have only the ageing James Chester as option at the back.