Bristol City were beaten 3-2 by high-flying Brentford last night but many Robins fans have been raving about the performance of midfielder Han-Noah Massengo.
The 19-year-old has fought himself back into contention since December and with competition for places likely to increase over the next few weeks, due to the arrival of Henri Lansbury and the return of injured players, it was important he impressed in his first start in 2021 last night.
Massengo did just that and was City’s standout player as they went toe-to-toe with Thomas Frank’s side and were even on top in stages.
His ability and agility on the ball have never been questioned but at times his passing has been poor and he’s struggled with the physical side of the game – that was not the case against the Bees.
Goals from Zak Vyner and Sergi Canos meant the ball was well set at the break, but Brentford’s quality shone through in the second half as Ivan Toney and Saman Ghoddos put them in the driving seat before Nahki Wells’ late consolation goal.
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There were positives for Dean Holden’s side and Massengo’s performance was certainly one of them, with the teenager showing exactly why the Robins spent big to bring him to the club in the summer of 2019.
He certainly appears to have impressed the Ashton Gate faithful, with many taking to Twitter to rave about the Frenchman’s display.
Read their reactions here:
Reflecting on the City game last night.
We went there and gave it a good go, Massengo was incredible, we defended well for large parts of the first half and Wells scored whilst playing through the middle (who would of thought)
But the level in class between them and us showed
— Dan Carey (@DJCarey8) February 4, 2021
Massengo was fantastic tonight he has a really bright future if he can perform like that every week
— Edward Studley (@EdwardStudley) February 3, 2021
Best performance in a Bristol City shirt for Massengo
— Josh Cook (@Joosh956) February 3, 2021
At times looked like a prime iniesta
— Conor Carrington-Stait (@Con2468b) February 3, 2021
Young lads all did well today. Massengo absolutely brilliant.
Feels like a lack of LB hurt us today. Ironically, recruitment is the big difference between us and brentford
— KH (@CliftonReds) February 3, 2021
Massengo back to his best 😍😍
— Ads Lewis (@AdsLewis_) February 3, 2021
Massengo is winning the Balon D’or aint he
— Tom Langridge (@BristolRed23) February 3, 2021
Han-Noah Massengo has been brilliant in the first half. It's amazing what the threat of having to move to Birmingham can do to a man.
— Dan Martin (@Dan_D_Martin) February 3, 2021