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86.9% pass success rate: The unsung hero who is crucial to Brentford moving forward

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Brentford struggled for consistency last season which saw the side miss out on the play-offs once again despite boasting a talented squad.

The Bees lost manager Dean Smith midway through the campaign, yet even with that disruption you could still argue they underachieved by just about finishing in the top half.

With the prolific Neal Maupay up front supported by classy operators such as Said Benrahma, Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins, the Londoners have a lot of quality in the final third.

And, they also have a top performer behind them in a defensive midfield role – Kamohelo Mokotjo, as our graphic shows.

The South African may not catch the eye like some of his talented teammates but he has a big role in the team and does that superbly well.

He is very strong in the tackle and reads the game exceptionally well, which allows him to break up opposition attacks and it also ensures the side can counter quickly with pace.

Yet, one area of his game that is perhaps underappreciated is his ability on the ball. Mokotjo had a very respectable 86.9% pass success rate and made over 40 passes a game on average.

Whilst most of those will be safer options generally, he is the man to keep things ticking over in the middle of the park for the Bees and he rarely loses possession.

The 28-year-old has been one of the more consistent performers since he arrived from FC Twente and if others around him can maintain a similar level next season there’s no reason why they can’t sustain a push for promotion next time around.

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