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‘Those at the top will be scared’ – Brentford promtion hopes following impressive summer: Six pointer

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Next season is beginning to look like it will be a very exciting one for Brentford fans following a summer of impressive recruitment.

The Bees finished last season in mid-table after a brilliant start under Dean Smith evaporated following his departure.

But a strong finish under Thomas Frank, where they won seven of their final 13 matches, recaptured the hope that the 2019/20 season could signal their time to impress.

And that has been backed up this summer with the arrivals of Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock, Christian Nörgaard and David Raya.

So, how are their top-six prospects shaping up for the coming season?

Tackling today’s six-pointer is Louie Chandler…

How would you sum up Brentford’s summer so far?

“They have played an absolute blinder so far, haven’t they?

“Every new arrival looks like they will seriously strengthen the squad and it is great to see money from the sale of Chris Mepham reinvested so readily in the team.

“The board really seem to be going for it this summer in their final season before moving into their new ground.”

Who do you think is the biggest coup?

“Understandably, all the attention has been on Pontus Jansson’s arrival but I think the other centre-back signing is a great bit of business.

“Ethan Pinnock was outstanding for Barnsley in League One last season and looks set to become one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the country.

“The Bees defence was not bad last season but they have seriously bolstered it this time around and I expect Pinnock to be pivotal throughout.”

If the transfer window were to close now, where could you see them finishing?

“Comfortably in the top-six, if not pushing for the top two.

“Bringing in the players they have and managing to keep hold of Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma would be an enormous statement of intent.

“Frank also showed at the end of last season just how well he can get them playing after an initial slump and with a full strength squad they will be right up there.”

What should their goal be for the remainder of the window?

“I think they need to plan carefully.

“Their priority should be to try and hold on to both Maupay and Benrahma but that could be very tricky with the large fees that are thrown around these days.

“So they should already be looking at replacements for the pair just incase worse comes to worse and be ready to splash out if needs be.”

What do you think other promotion candidates will think of Brentford?

“I think they will be a mixture of impressed and nervous.

“A few of the names they have picked up this summer will have been ones looked at by those closer to the top of the betting odds and a message will certainly have been sent to them.

“Brentford will go into the season with little pressure on them but knowing that they have every chance of squeezing into the promotion picture and those at the top will be scared.

Does Thomas Frank have what it takes to guide them into the play-offs?

“Absolutley.

“The Dane has been a part of the furniture at Griffin Park for three years now and knows the club and the fans very well.

“He showed in the final months of last season just how well he can get his side playing and if they can maintain that form and style over an entire season then they absolutely have a great chance of breaking into the play-offs.”


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