Perhaps for the first-time since they were promoted to the Championship, Brentford went into this season with a fair bit of pressure on them.
They may have lost influential first-team members Neal Maupay and Romaine Sawyers, but after bringing in the likes of Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock, Christian Norgaard and David Raya, expectations rose that this could their year to win promotion to the top-flight.
But it has been an underwhelming start to the season to say the least.
With eight matches played, the Bees currently sit in 17th place with just two wins to their name and scoring just five goals. It is not what we have come to expect from a side who frequently thrill.
One player who was brought in during the summer, with the hope maintaining that attacking flair, was versatile attacker Bryan Mbuemo.
The 20-year-old made the move to Griffin Park from French side Troyes for just under £6million and has frequently involved from the get-go.
But has he done enough to show that he is capable of filling the void left by his compatriot Maupay?
With seven second-tier appearances to his name already, it is clear that Thomas Frank did not sign Mbuemo in order to warm the bench. He was brought in and ready to go.
The move to the second tier of English football can prove a daunting one, no matter where you are coming from, so it is hard to be too disappointed with his tally of one goal and one assist in that time.
A pass accuracy of 77.6% shows that he is efficient in possession too and is more than willing to bring his teammates in to play, whilst 13 touches in the opposition box shows that more goals could well be on their way.
However, there is still plenty to improve on if he is to reach the same standards as Maupay.
The now Brighton attacker was absolutely lethal in front of goal throughout last season so Mbuemo’s pitiful shot accuracy of less than 20% simply must improve.
With just five goals to their name so far, Brentford badly need players who can shoot efficiently and until the Frenchman masters that, he will never be their main man.
We must remember that he is still only 20, however. Maupay was three years his senior when he had his exceptional goalscoring season.
But that does not mean that Frank should ignore these glaring areas for improvement.