Having sealed promotion via the play-offs, Brentford are back in the English top-flight for the first time in 74 years. But what can they achieve in their comeback campaign?
• Manager: Thomas Frank
• Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium
• Last Season: 3rd (Championship)
Led by Danish head coach Thomas Frank, the Bees will be confident of cementing their place in the Premier League.
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) August 2, 2021
With a forward-thinking manager and an excellent recruitment policy, Brentford are likely to surprise a lot of people in the coming year.
• What Happened Last Season?
The Bees missed out on automatic promotion by just four points last term, finishing third in the Championship table with a record of W24-D15-L7.
After seeing off Bournemouth in the play-off semi-finals, they then beat Swansea City 2-0 at Wembley to book their spot in the Premier League.
Brentford were the highest scorers in the second tier last season, thanks largely to the exploits of Ivan Toney, who bagged a whopping 31 goals in 45 league games.
• Players In
• Kristoffer Ajer – Celtic (£14.13m)
• Frank Onyeka – FC Midtjylland (£9.00m)
• Myles Peart-Harris – Chelsea U23 (£1.35m)
Brentford have spent big on Norwegian centre-back Kistoffer Ajer and Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka during the off-season, along with 18-year-old Chelsea product Myles Peart-Harris.
Renowned for their shrewd transfers business, don’t be surprised if the Beed add more players to their ranks before the new campaign gets underway.
• Players Out
• Henrik Dalsgaard – FC Midtjylland (Free)
• Emiliano Marcondes – Bournemouth (Free)
• Luke Daniels (Released)
Luke Daniels has been released by the club, with Henrik Dalsgaard and Emiliano Marcondes leaving on free transfers.
• Brentford’s Key Player
Ivan Toney – Who else? The prolific striker has racked up 33 goals and ten assists in 52 appearances across all competitions since joining Brentford last year.
I was just catching some sun.. https://t.co/c5BNDqI8eu
— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) July 9, 2021
Bryan Mbeumo, David Raya, Sergi Canos and Josh Dasilva are also among Brentford’s standout players, but Toney is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.
• What Can Brentford Achieve in 2021/22?
Just like Leeds United last season, Brentford have the potential to do really well in their comeback top-flight campaign.
Although they may not be able to emulate Leeds’ ninth-place finish, the Bees could secure a mid-table finish.
If Toney can adapt to the demands of the Premier League, Brentford will stand an excellent chance of avoiding relegation.