Brentford FC aka EFLs Kansas City Chiefs
The newly crowned Superbowl champions Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most attacking, beautiful to watch NFL teams the league has ever seen. When they won the main prize last Sunday it was the first time in 50years they’d brought it home, the 100th year of the NFL! How does one of the smallest Championship sides compare?
Brentford’s recruitment is not completely moneyball but it’s close enough and the model transcends to how US teams work, the players are purchased and the coach works with what is given. Very much like how general managers/scouts operate within US sports.
The Rock during the pre match intros called 3 of their wide receivers the “Legion of Zoom”, Brentford’s pace is not just physical it’s the movement the ball, the squads passing levels are unrivalled in the league. Sammy Watkins, Tyrek Hill & Damien Williams are The LOZ and The Bees own version are Mathias Jensen, Josh Da Silva & Bryan Mbeumo. These 3 men work hard for the team but when it comes time to break the attacking lines their skill sets of skill (Jensen), power (Da Silva) and finishing (Mbeumo) wins the team tight matches.
Possession and attacking flair have always been Brentford strengths but this year defensively they have improved to the extent they possess the most clean sheets in the league. 2 new additions can take the praise for this, Pontus Jansson and Christian Norgaard, but the same can be said in Kansas when they acquired Frank Clark & Tyrann Mathieu. In both cases when these juggernauts joined their teams anyone with football knowledge knew they wasn’t their for a good time it was to WIN. The level of defending is tangible, when they are on the field the fans believe.
The best left back outside the Premier League (Rico Henry) has spent the last few years mainly on the physio bed, this years run of games has meant square pegs do not need to fit into the left back round hole. A throw back to Ashley Cole, one second he is bamboozling his winger then adding the overlap to the attacking phase, he has been the missing link. Chris Jones of Kansas is similar to Henry, slow burner and not always fit but when it came to the Superbowl build up he was mentioned as major player in the match. Rico staying fit till the final game could mean promotion, no one in the squad can replace him.
To be the best you need the best in their positions and Brentford can match Kansas there also, Ollie Watkins is the best striker in the EFL this season but he is not just a goalmouth poacher, he’s a monster to defenders with pace, skill and strength. Travis Kelce is the no 1 tight end in the NFL their skill sets are almost identical. The cherry on the cake is though possessing a magician, playmaker, the best player in the league, Mahomes is that man for KCC at the same time Said Benrahma fills that role at Griffin Park. He may have the odd off day but in the main his showboating positive play destroys defenders and creates the gaps for his team mates to exploit. Their is similar battle Re who is the best playmaker in the Championship, if Benrahma leads Brentford to the promise land then it’s no doubt going to be him.
The Championship season is going to the wire but much like the last 5 minute drive which won Kansas the title, 3 games in March could be the impact play which takes Brentford to promotion, 7th Mar Sheff Wed, 13th March Fulham & 17th March WBA (2 of the 3 games at home). 9 points will push the momentum firmly in the Goodbye Griffin Park Tour.