Brentford had a very strange 2018/19 season and will be hoping to piece together a play-off challenge this time around.
Before Dean Smith departed for Aston Villa in November, the Bees were nestled in the battle for automatic promotion but that soon collapsed.
Whether the side took a while to adapt to Thomas Frank’s managerial style or another issue took hold, we don’t know exactly, but Brentford tumbled down the table emphatically.
However, in the final months of the campaign they bounced back to their best, winning seven of their final 13 matches and losing just three.
But they must navigate the remaining weeks of the transfer window first, however, and with stars like Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma on their books that will not be easy.
Another one of their star men attracted attention over the weekend in the shape of midfielder Romaine Sawyers, with The Scottish Sun reporting that Celtic had a bid of £1.5million rejected for his services.
But how much is he actually worth?
Well, the same article from The Scottish Sun reported that Frank and co. had slapped a £2.5million price-tag on the 27-year-old.
He was a regular throughout the campaign and although six assists was the limit of his direct goal contributions, he still had a key part to play.
The attacking midfielder was crucial in maintaining the impressive flow of Brentford’s fast-flowing, passing game in the center of the park, finisihing the campaign with a pass success of 86.2% – which, for an attacking player, is thoroughly is impressive.
But, having played in such an attacking side, finishing with an average of just 1.6 key passes per game is not particularly impressive and shows that his direct impact on games is lacking.
So with just a year remaining on his contract, I feel the Bees will struggle to get much more than £2million, so setting their demands at £2.5million may well be a smart move.
He has been an excellent servant at Griffin Park and if he expresses a desire to leave for a club like Celtic, with the opportunity of European football that comes with it, it would be harsh of Brentford to stand in his way for the sake of a few thousand pounds.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!