Brentford look set to embark on a new chapter under new head coach Thomas Frank after the Dane succeeded former boss Dean Smith last week.
The 45-year-old is no stranger to the West London club having spent the last two years as Smith’s assistant head coach before the latter departed Griffin Park for Aston Villa last week.
Smith’s attractive brand of football has transformed the Bees into real promotion contenders this term, and Frank has a young, hungry squad left at his disposal.
An important January transfer window lies ahead of the Danish boss – retaining key players such as top scorer Neal Maupay will be just as important as bringing in new faces to bolster their promotion push this season.
The Bees sit just outside of the play-off places and are winless in five league games as they prepare to host Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.
Here, we take a look at why Liverpool’s Pedro Chirivella would be a shrewd January signing for the Bees…
A hard-working and technically gifted midfielder, the 21-year-old would fit Brentford’s attacking, possession-based style that has been implemented at Griffin Park over the last couple of years.
The Spaniard’s first-team chances at Anfield have become very slim due to an array of talent in Jurgen Klopp’s first team, and after being once thought of as a future prospect in Merseyside, Chirivella has had to settle for several under-23 appearances.
But the former Valencia youth captain endured some impressive loan spells out on loan in Holland for Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II, and should definitely be given a chance in the Championship.
It is believed that Leeds, who share a very similar style of play to Brentford, were keen admirers of the Spaniard in the summer, with the Liverpool Echo also reporting that Chirivella rejected a move to Norwegian side Rosenborg despite the Reds accepting a hefty £3.5million bid for the player.
If the Bees were to approach his services on a loan deal, then it would be a very shrewd acquisition for Brentford.