Last Updated on October 5, 2021 1:16 pm (UK time)
Seven games in the 2021-22 Premier League season, Thomas Frank’s Brentford appears to be enjoying themselves in England’s top competition. With their impressive 2-1 win over the Hammers on Saturday, the Bees are currently in seventh place with three wins, three draws and one loss against Brighton & Hove Albion.
What has been so impressive about the newly promoted team is their bravery on and off the ball. Usually when a team comes out of the Premier League their mentality is something like ‘how can we survive in this league, and we often end up getting into their shell by putting all 11 men behind the ball, but as we are seeing with Leeds United from Bielsa, Brentford are brave enough to persist in what they do. It will be interesting to see where it takes them at the end of the season. Top ten maybe? or just outside.
It’s injury time, 1-1 at West Ham. Surely you would settle for a point to take back to Community Stadium, but not Thomas Frank. In the 93rd minute, an indirect free kick was taken outside the area. Surely your first thought is, let’s settle for one point and not have everyone in the area and prevent the Hammers from counterattacking us. But not Brentford, instead they put nine players in the area, and the move pays off with Yoane Wissa scoring the winner.
“ They are brave, they believe in what they do and when the ball goes headlong, most of the time it goes to a Brentford player and that’s what they do well, keep the ball alive and put teams under pressurization.
Alan Shearer, Match of the Day
Ivan Toney looks like a bright young prospect for the Bees. Having narrowly missed promotion in 2019, the Bees lost their two main threats to Ollie Watkins, who joined Aston Villa, and Saïd Benrahma, who went to the Hammers.
It was clear that Frank needed someone to replace him. Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney arrived at Community Stadium in August 2020, for a five-year contract with a fee in the region of £ 5 million and £ 10 million. Toney played an influential role in the Bees’ rise to the Premier League last season, scoring a total of 31 goals in 45 games, making him the record top scorer in a Sky Bet Championship season.
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Another bright prospect for the Bees is Yohanne Wissa, who is the club’s leading scorer alongside Marcus Forss.
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Wissa is the club’s top scorer alongside Marcus Forss with five goals each. Interestingly, Wissa began his career as a goalkeeper for his local youth club Épinay-sous-Sénart. He then moved to midfield as his career began to take shape. He usually prefers to play on the left wing.
After the international break, Frank’s Bee faces a tough test against local rivals Chelsea. Can they produce another solid performance against the Thomas Tuchel Blues? Find out at World in Sport.