A brief overview of last season and a look at the new season as the Bees kick off their 4th season in the Championship this Saturday away at newly promoted Sheffield United.
Brentford Season Review:
I have been a Brentford fan since the age of 3. In fact my first ever game was against Sunderland in the FA CUP which ended 2-1 to Brentford. That was a day that I will never ever forget. Since then I have seen witnessed King Kevin score a penalty against Swindon in the play offs that gave us a massive advantage in the home leg. I have witnessed Alan Bennett scoring one of the goals at Darlington that secured us the League Two trophy under Andy Scott.
But who can forget these two moments. Marcello Trotta, the young Italian who had the weight of the world on his shoulders striking the crossbar from the penalty spot that allowed Doncaster Rovers a place in the championship and that meant Brentford going through the play offs only to lose out to Yeovil and finally Mark Warburton…. Brentford fans will hate him now for leaving in the way that he did but credit to the man that took us up and then the season after that shocked the whole of the Championship by guiding newly promoted Brentford to a play off finish.
Welcome to the season preview. Examining the signings and the outgoings within the window and how we have looked in pre-season from what I have seen.
This season has a lot to offer the fans of TW8, with this being their fourth season now in the Championship I am very much excited to see how we fare up against the likes of Middlesbrough, Norwich and sides like Sunderland. The Championship is such a hard league to predict. You can expect the unexpected at any given time. Lets take Huddersfield for example. With a small budget they still managed to go up via the play offs. Could it be Brentford’s turn to do the exact same.
Last Season: Last season finished quite strongly with The Bees losing 2 out of the last 8 games both of which came to sides who finished below them with one also waving goodbye to the championship. It was such a bizarre season with twists and turns and some high points and some low points including getting knocked out of the EFL cup by Exeter in the first round and losing 5-0 to Norwich in the league away from home.
Last season we also introduced new faces to what was a squad lacking a little bit of depth. With Daniel Bentley, John Egan and Sawyers all being snapped up on free transfers. We also saw two highly rated youngsters come into the side with one being a familiar face. Sergi Canos returned to Griffin Park and of course Jota came home much to the excitement of all Brentford fans.
We saw the end of Scott Hogan’s time at Brentford with the club selling him to Aston Villa which is the most amount of money that they have received for a forward.
That season saw us finish 10th. We finished the season strong but now lets get down to the main talking point this season.
Upcoming Season: This season is looking very exciting and that isn’t down to the quality of teams that are in the league. After watching all of the pre-season games that Brentford have played in I have been very impressed with how the squad have looked with some players impressing me.
Reece Cole, Ollie Watkins, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Jota have all impressed with Reece Cole coming from Brentford B, Ollie Watkins signing from Exeter and Kamohelo signing from FC Twente. Cole has scored some absolute beauties including a wonderful free kick against Oxford and thunder bolt against Aldershot in the Bees first pre-season friendly.
So where do I think the Bees will finish this season? Like I said, after watching the team in pre-season I have been massively impressed with the displays on show especially holding Southampton to a 2-2 draw and beating Celta Vigo 2-1 the following week. Both sides came to Griffin Park playing most of the first team players but the challenge that was put in front of Brentford was taken by the scruff of the neck.
If the Bees can keep hold of this squad they have now, there is no reason why they cannot be a real push for play-offs even securing playoffs for a second time. Harlee Dean, Ryan Woods, Jota and Rico Henry have all been linked with moves away from the club but Brentford insist that their valuation must be met otherwise their main stars are going nowhere.
There is some serious talent in the league now with teams spending millions of strikers to bolster their chances of the ball going into the net. Majority of the squads last year had a lot of depth in their squad and Brentford did not have that last term. I would not like to be Dean Smith now as they have really delved into the Transfer Market and have given the squad more depth with their being 2 or 3 players in each position.
FINAL POSITION: 5TH
KEY PLAYER: JOTA – The flamboyant playmaker has the ability to create chances as well as score them and he is crucial in going forward so I think he will be a massive part of what could be a successful campaign for the Bees this season.
SIGNING OF THE WINDOW (AS IT STANDS): Ollie Watkins/ Kamo Mokojoto
What are your thoughts ahead of this season Brentford fans? Let us know in the comments below!