Chelsea’s targets for this summer are well established at this point. We don’t know how much truth there is in each individual case, but we know the names that come up time and again – Ben Chilwell, Alex Telles, Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly.
It’s always exciting when a new face is added to that procession therefore, and Said Benrahma’s arrival on the scene in the rumour mill in the last 24 hours has caused some debate among Blues fans on social media.
The Algerian winger has the stigma of playing in the Championship, which basically rules him out for some, who only want to see their club sign Champions League level players.
It’s a foolish bit of discrimination of course – plenty of good players play in the Championship and plenty make the step up to the top flight. Just look at Chelsea’s team this season.
There are also plenty of pretty poor teams in the Champions League, and in leagues around Europe. Ajax, for example, may have more prestige than Brentford, but do they really play against better teams week-in week-out in Holland?
But despite the flawed logic there’s no denying that the “stink” of being a player who has come from a second tier side does stuck with you, much like the way in which players who come from the academies of smaller clubs struggle for recognition until they’ve proven they can do it against the best teams.
So it seems Benrahma would face an uphill battle against public opinion if we did sign him – but some players thrive on thwarting expectations.