Former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley has admitted that he was shocked to find out that Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo had notched the first brace of his career at the weekend as the Bees beat Reading on home turf.
The clash which pitted two of the Championship’s promotion chasers together on Saturday was one of the main highlights of the weekend’s action, with Thomas Frank’s side dispatching of the Royals with clinical ease thanks to Mbeumo’s five star performance on route to a comfortable 3-1 win.
A double for the Frenchman represents only his second and third goals of the campaign, whilst it is also the first time the 21-year-old has found the back of the net in a game on more than one occasion.
Speaking to EFL on Quest during his appearance on this weekend’s episode, Cowley was quick to outline his surprise at the fact that this was only Mbeumo’s first brace as a professional:
“I found that stat surprising because he was involved in so much of Brentford’s play last year, a fantastic first goal, as soon as you give that ball to him you know he’s gonna come inside on his left foot, brilliant finish.
“And the second goal is Brentford at their fluid best, one and two touch, and then Mbuemo receives turns and finishes, a great goal.”
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Since arriving at the club back in the summer of 2019, Mbeumo has gone on to become a key player at the Brentford Community Stadium, notching 19 goals and 14 assists in just over 60 appearances for the Bees.
I for one have to agree with Cowley here, I was also shocked to find out that Mbeumo hadn’t notched a brace before last Saturday, perhaps underlining how highly people regard the winger as a player.
Having been lucky enough to attend the game at the weekend, I was privileged enough to witness the ability that this young Frenchman has and was left waxing lyrical over what he can offer in the final third.
He took both his goals well with unerring ease and for that reason I think he will be confident of hitting double figures for the season once again as he did in the last campaign.
If he continues in his current vein, I can definitely see Mbeumo being the next talented forward to fly the nest from Brentford in the not too distant future as he looks set to follow in the footsteps of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma.