This season, although playing in Ligue 2 with Nancy, Youssef Ait Bennasser has already managed to attract the interest of many big European clubs: 21 matches with 2 goals and 2 assists in 2014-15, this year he has already seen playing time in 21 matches and scored one goal.
All of this has been enough to convince Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Lille and Fiorentina in Italy to set their sights on the French-Moroccan midfielder, Under 20 player on the North African national team (he can still decide to play with France).
Bennasser is a midfielder who still doesn’t quite have what it takes to play with the bigs, although he already has a good grasp on play distribution and timing. But he can also play as a pure inside forward, manoeuvring in the offence and obstruction phase. The latter characteristic, however, needs to be fine tuned as his pressing on the adversary when they’ve got the ball is not always accurate in terms of timing and sometimes he is even too aggressive for a structure that precludes quick turns to make up ground on any initial gap.
In any case, he is a player that creates a large volume of plays, above average technically and also quite capable in the air. This means that he is perfect for both a 4-3-3 formation and a 4-2-3-1 formation, where perhaps he could have another, more dynamic midfielder playing alongside him for support and assistance.
He also has a strong foot and often shoots from a distance, given the significant force behind his shots, and in the air he frequently gets the upper hand against his rivals. As already mentioned, he isn’t the fastest sprinter, but he certainly cannot be classified as a slow player. On the other hand, he manages to compensate for this small shortcoming with his quick thinking.