Darren Bent urged Aston Villa to finally sign Said Benrahma of Brentford this summer.
Benrahma was a prime target for Dean Smith last summer, but Villa refused to meet the attacker’s asking price of 20 million pounds sterling per bee.
Although he missed the opening weeks of the season due to an injury, Benrahma returned to coach Brentford in the promotion with 10 goals and seven assists in 30 Championship starts.
It is only a matter of time before the Algerian climbs to the top and Villa is in a good position to land him if they avoid relegation.
And the former Villa Bent striker supports Smith’s reunion with Benrahma.
He told Football Insider, “He’s a very good player, he showed us all how good he is and I think it would be a great signing.
“It sort of reminds me of (Anwar) El Ghazi and Trezeguet, those guys over there, and for me, I think it would be a great, great signature, a very good signature.
“He’s exciting, he’s been brilliant for Brentford this season. Him, Ollie Watkins and (Bryan) Mbeueno were all very, very good.
“For Aston Villa, it depends. If they go down, they still have a lot of weight in the championship, even if they go down, it’s still a big, massive club. I think it would be a great signature whatever division they are in. “
Retired forward Gabby Agbonlahor revealed how he refused to move to Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion.
The hero of Aston Villa, a 75-goal Premier League scorer, hung up his boots two summers ago after failing to secure a new contract at Villa Park.
The club man, however, has since explained how he was at the center of two sensational transfers, first to the Spurs in 2010 and later when Tony Pulis and Albion came to invoke Villa’s relegation.
“There were serious options for getting around at different times,” Agbonlahor, still 33, told The Athletic.
“This is the season Martin O’Neill left when the Spurs came to see me. I discussed this with my agent and we agreed that the Spurs were a great club.
“But it didn’t seem right to me. I was on the Villa team every week, I was on the England team and it was my home team that I supported.
“At the time, the Spurs were only on an equal footing with us. They also had four brilliant attackers, so why would I want to move?
“My love for Villa was too strong. It wasn’t really an option. I nipped it in the bud. It was not an option for me.
“Why would I want to move to the side?” I loved my time at the Villa, so it wasn’t something I wanted to do. “
Agbonlahor, meanwhile, explained how he “just couldn’t move” to the Hawthorns, either.
“I was going through a rough patch at Villa and, even if some of the Villa fans turned on me, it was just something I couldn’t do,” he added.
“Pulis and his assistant wanted me to go. Craig Gardner was there too. I didn’t want to.
“They were one of my biggest rivals and I scored against them so many times.
“Their fans didn’t like me either, and even if it didn’t go well at Villa, I just couldn’t move so that one was canceled too. “
Keinan Davis has signed a contract extension with Aston Villa, according to reports.
The 22-year-old striker’s deal was set to expire in late June – leaving him in limbo in the middle of football suspension due to the coronavirus.
Davis has struggled to injure himself this season, missing an important period of Villa’s fall battle, but before the games were postponed, he returned as Dean Smith’s replacement for Mbwana Samatta on the bench.
Football Insider reports that Villa tied him up by triggering a 12-month extension with plans to make a decision on his long-term future at the club at a later date.
Davis had only 129 minutes of Premier League action in 2019/20 after Smith persuaded him to retire on loan to Championship clubs last summer.
The striker, snatched from the town of Biggleswade five years ago, was held for three months after stopping against Wolves in October, and then suffered a hamstring failure when he played for Villa’s under 23s in February.
He scored once in 13 games this quarter, scoring a goal in the 6-1 knockout of League Two Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
He was once the little blond child with spiky hair who was dubbed a potential replacement for Aston Villa legend Alan Wright.
Back Danny Jackman was taken over by Villa at the age of 11 and, after obtaining a professional contract, was a regular on the reserve team.
The Worcester man was in and around the first team configuration at the end of John Gregory’s tenure before the return of the shock from Graham Taylor.
Taylor, who unfortunately died three years ago, was quickly replaced by David O’Leary for the start of the 2003-2004 campaign.
That’s when Jackman thought he was going to break through after a tour with Olof Mellberg and Juan Pablo Angel in the preseason.
Now 37, Jackman recalled the moment he decided to walk away from Villa Park to discuss a decent career in the Football League.
“I played most of the preseason with the first team and I was on tour with them,” Jackman told JournalForGills.
“I thought I was doing pretty well. David O’Leary was the manager at the time.
“I got my team number and I have been traveling with the team a few times, so I thought I was progressing.
“They said I had to get some experience, so I went on loan to play men’s football.
“I enjoyed my stay in Stockport and I enjoyed it so much that I thought, well, I know the manager was not really a fan of me deep down.
“I thought to myself: do I sit here, I don’t watch and I don’t play reserve games every week or will I play first team football in front of large crowds?
“Looking back, I think David didn’t last too long after I moved, could I have played more? I do not know.
“I had continued to have a decent career, but you think if …
“Likewise, if I stayed, I might not have had the career I had. Everyone wants one of them to make the best decisions! “
Jackman added, “It was incredible (at the Villa). I was taken care of at 11 and I also got my pro, all along for being sold for money (£ 70,000).
“It was an incredible experience to see how the best elite pros do things every day, learning from Paul Merson, David Ginola. There were very big stars there. It was very precious to me. “
Jackman last played for Redditch United in 2018 and has since coached youth where it all started at Aston Villa.
“I am coaching for Aston Villa now,” said Jackman. “I’ve been doing development center stuff and I’ve been doing it for three or four years now.
“I like coaching, passing on my experience to the youngest. It’s a different buzz. “