Brentford are mid-table in the Sky Bet Championship but know better than most a good run of form can soon get you up to the sharp end and, with only three points between them and the top six, it wouldn’t take much for them to rise through the standings.
Of course, there was always going to be an adaptation period to losing Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma and what they brought to the side last year, and that is what Thomas Frank will be working on at the moment.
Away from their exits, though, Joel Valencia also left the club on loan during the last transfer window and here we’re taking a look at how he has been getting on.
The winger joined Polish side Legia Warsaw and has been used across a handful of competitions.
He’s not yet scored for his temporary side but has been a mainstay in their Europa League campaign team so far, with him starting both matches up to this point.
In the league, minutes have been a little harder to come by with him earning 69 across three games in the Polish top flight.
That, then, is his challenge most immediately of all as he looks to show Thomas Frank he still has something to offer Brentford when he returns from his loan.
Certainly, the Danish manager has left the door open for Valencia to show what he can do and that he deserves a place in the Bees’ side in the future, so let’s see how he does in the coming weeks and months.