Brentford are likely to be one of the ‘dark horses’ in the Championship promotion race, with a number of signings catching the eye this summer.
Most notably, Thomas Frank secured the services of Pontus Jansson from Leeds United, and has also kept hold of his key players heading into the new season.
So with all things considered, what can we expect to see from the Bees this season?
Previewing their upcoming league campaign is Football League World’s Brentford fan pundit, Josh Koffman.
Firstly, how would you sum-up Brentford’s transfer business so far this summer?
“It promises to be an exciting season for Brentford. Never have the expectations been so high for the Bees. It finally feels like the culmination of all the work put in for the past five years.
“The club have made us believe this summer as they’ve firmly put their finger on the pulse and made us the bigger spenders this summer. It’s not only the quantity of players bought in, but the calibre of players we’ve brought in is a new level for Brentford.
“Poaching key players from Championship rivals have never been a staple of our transfer policy; and it could be argued that it was this that led to us just falling short due to a lack of experience.
What will the new additions bring to your team?
“Of course Pontus Jansson will be the eye-catching capture this summer due to his incredible reputation in the division and the leadership qualities in the back line that severely cost us last season; this came out in our very poor away record.
“But also the arrivals of Ethan Pinnock and David Raya are upgrades on what we had last season and Mathias Jensen adds more depth and quality to our midfield.
“However, the key now is to keep hold of Maupay and Benrahma. You feel they are the final and most crucial piece of the jigsaw for us and if they were to leave it’s leave us back at square one.”
Who are you expecting to challenge for the Championship title?
“We will be heavy favourites to challenge at the top alongside Cardiff and Fulham. They are the two I’d back to be the runaway leaders next season.
“Fulham have an incredible squad at this level and probably have the best player in the Championship with Mitrovic; and you just can’t bet against a side who have Neil Warnock as their manager; is there a more proven manager at getting teams up than this man?
Who will be Brentford’s key player in next year’s league campaign?
“I’d back Ollie Watkins to stand out next season.
“He’s looked incredibly sharp in pre-season and he was slightly disappointing last season, but he looks like he’s bought into the energy around the club this season, and if he performs at the top of his game, he will light up the league.”
Is there a chance we could see any of the club’s youngsters given a chance next season?
“Brentford will always leave a pathway for the youth, with Marcus Forss going to be given a large part to play as the back up to the main striker this season; which could prove to be pivotal for a side challenging near the top.
“Forss has all the talent to start for Brentford in the future, and to see him get more game time this campaign will give him an excellent foundation to go forward and establish himself as a regular in proceeding seasons.
“With this being the last season at Griffin Park, I can say that Brentford have got to give it a memorable send off this season; and I’d be shocked if we didn’t challenge for at least the play-offs right until the end.