One point behind league-leaders Norwich City, probably the most goals scored within the division and a prolific striker who has already discovered the net 22 instances this marketing campaign. At present on a 20-game unbeaten run, Brentford are on considerably of a roll within the Sky Bet Championship and Thomas Frank’s side present no indicators of slowing down, as they give the impression of being to safe promotion to the Premier League this season.
“For me, Brentford are the best team within the division and certainly one of my favorite teams to observe,” said Sky Sports activities pundit, Don Goodman, talking to the EFL.
“I’m not just leaping on the bandwagon, I’ve thought that for some time.”
History was made earlier this season, because the Bees reached the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals for the primary time – a competition during which they’d by no means beforehand handed Round 4, and that kind has been replicated within the league, because the second piece of membership history was made with their 4-1 win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
Victory over Neil Warnock’s side noticed Brentford’s unbeaten run within the Championship stretch to twenty video games, the membership’s longest-ever sequence with out defeat.
In these 20 video games, Frank’s side have gained 12 and drawn eight, scoring 40 goals and conceding just 17 within the course of, making them the best scorers within the division with 52 in whole.
“I don’t suppose anyone might have predicted how well they’d bounce back from last season,” Goodman continued.
“I feel we might have predicted that they might be within the top six and possibly be in with a chance of the top two, however I don’t suppose anybody might have predicted that they wouldn’t miss players like Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, who had been so key to them last season. It’s really fairly outstanding.”
It wasn’t the simplest of begins to the 2020/21 marketing campaign for the Bees, both. Having lost out at Wembley within the Play-Off Final last season, Brentford said farewell to Griffin Park – their home for greater than 100 years – and made the move to the Brentford Neighborhood Stadium.
Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins additionally departed for the Premier League, taking their mixed 42 league goals from 2019/20 with them and many puzzled if Thomas Frank’s side would be capable to replicate the shape that took them to Wembley last season.
“Probably the most spectacular factor for me, isn’t solely did they lose Watkins and Benrahma, however they gained eight video games in a row on the end of last season to present them a chance at automated promotion. They then blew it within the final two video games and needed to try by way of the Play-Offs. They picked themselves as much as overcome Swansea City within the Play-Offs and then didn’t turn up at Wembley within the Final against Fulham.
“That wasn’t the Brentford that I’ve identified over the past two or three seasons. To lose how they did, have just a week or two off earlier than being back in for the new season, not have the time to get over it and put it behind them, makes this season much more spectacular for me.
“I’ve gained one Play-Off Final, however I’ve lost two and it’s really hard to get over on the start of the next season, so while you throw all that into the combination with Brentford, I feel Thomas Frank has just executed a outstanding job and on the very slight chance that Brentford don’t get promoted this year, I feel he’ll be a manager within the Premier League subsequent year, I feel he’s good.
“There have been indicators of a really small hangover from last season, as a result of they’ve solely lost three video games all season and all of them got here on the start of the season, however they’re now on a 20-game unbeaten run and there’s little doubt that that hangover has gone.”
Following the sale of Benrahma and Watkins, in got here Ivan Toney from Peterborough United, and with 22 goals in 27 video games the striker has made the step as much as the Championship with ease.
“For Ivan Toney to have 22 goals in 27 appearances is scarily good kind,” Goodman said.
“When you had been to ask Ivan Toney if it was going as well within the Championship as he thought it could, I’m positive he’d let you know that it’s going higher. I feel we’d all acknowledge that.
“I additionally suppose it’s vital to acknowledge that he has come into the right team for him. It’s a team that he knew would give him probabilities and he’s taken these probabilities, so his team-mates deserve a whole lot of credit score as well, as he would give them credit score, I’m positive.
“Sergi Canos has made the sale of Benrahma simpler to reveal, they’ve stored Bryan Mbeumo, Tariqe Fosu is coming into his own after a settling in interval from League One – he’s now trying like a correct Championship player, and individuals are really stepping up so I’m really impressed with them.”
Goodman additionally acknowledged the significance of players selecting the “proper” membership for them in the case of transfers, and there’s little doubt that Toney has executed precisely that.
“It’s vital to suppose earlier than you move as a player and to consider whether or not that membership is the precise match for you by way of the football suiting your fashion of play.
“In Ivan Toney’s case, the reply is an emphatic sure, however there are such a lot of examples the place the reply is an emphatic no. However for me, Toney has chosen and opted to go to the right team to get the best out of him as a player.”
With 22 goals already, Toney is on course to surpass Watkins’ 25 league goals last season, as he seems to be to fireplace Brentford to the Premier League. Along with his stats, coinciding with the Bees’ spectacular 20-game unbeaten run, you’d be forgiven for pondering that it’s solely a matter of time earlier than Thomas Frank’s side attain the top flight.
“I knew he was good, there was by no means any doubt about that,” Goodman continued.
“I assumed he may score 20 goals throughout the course of the season, but it surely seems to be like he may score 30 the best way he’s going and all credit score to him.
“As you’ll be able to inform by my enthusiasm, Brentford are certainly one of my favorite teams to observe, there’s rather a lot to love about them.”
“He is come into the right team.”
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