Summer signing Saïd Benrahma’s start to life in the Sky Bet Championship has been everything he thought it would be and more. The Algerian attacker signed on four-year deal from OGC Nice in the summer and has hit the ground running in West London. After four appearances off the bench, Saïd has started every game Sky Bet Championship game since making his full debut at Blackburn Rovers late last month.
Speaking to Brentfordfc.com about his start to the season, Saïd said: “It’s been really good so far. I am in a fantastic team and everyone has been so welcoming. I thought when I arrived that I would be playing from the bench, but I have worked hard, and I am now in the starting XI. We have played some really good teams in our first games so I think I have a good understanding of the Championship already. I love the intensity and the full stadiums. We have a team that is capable of playing some great football.”
The 22-year-old opened his goal-scoring account in Brentford colours during our EFL Cup First Round victory over Southend United and also has three assists to his name in his last three outings. While he’s been happy with his, and the team’s, start to the season, Saïd wants to start getting on the score-sheet more regularly.
“I could have two or three goals already; I am quite harsh on myself,” admitted Saïd. “I am working hard and pushing myself to score my first goal in the league because that is what I am in the team to do. It gives me a lot of pleasure to set up my team-mates, but the most important thing is the three points. That is what we have to work towards. It doesn’t matter if I score or not as long as we are scoring as a collective.”
The Bees busy run of fixtures continues tomorrow with a trip to Pride Park to take on Derby County. The Rams sit just outside the Play-Offs under new boss Frank Lampard while three points for The Bees would see Dean Smith’s side further cement their place in the Championship’s top six. Despite County’s Play-Off pedigree and big names, on and off the pitch, Saïd has no fears about tomorrow’s game.
“I don’t know too much about Derby County, but I am not afraid of anyone in the league,” said Saïd. “We have a very good team and we can beat anyone in this league. I only try to play the game not the opposition players or team. For me there are 11 players on the opposition team and 11 players on the Brentford team and that is it. It might be a little different against Arsenal but that is a game which I am really looking forward to as it will show what we are capable of.”