Brentford: Season preview 21/22
Brentford comes into the 21/22 season as a new entrant in the premier league, the side which finished third in the championship with 87 points. Thomas Frank has played a huge role in converting a below-average Brentford side into one of the best teams in the championship throughout the past few seasons, his style of play makes Brentford one of the top-scoring sides in the championship and they will be hopeful of carrying that form into the premier league this season.
STYLE OF PLAY
Brentford tends to play usually in a 4-3-3 system under the guidance of Thomas Frank, in terms of qualities they like aggressive, hard metal football with extensive pressing and immense work rate throughout the pitch. The current style of play allows them to retain the ball for major parts of the game while also focusing on recovering ball possession as soon as possible.
In terms of attack, Brentford likes to focus on vertical play a lot. This means they rely heavily on their inside forwards to keep making runs behind their opponent’s defenses. Not only does this lead to the creation of more chances in the final third, but also allows their wide fullbacks to attack the space left on either flanks by their inside forwards.
Their positional play means that players have more freedom to rotate positions throughout the game, offering the team more versatility when attacking against low block defenses, last season 18 different players were used in this same system. Which only points out how well-drilled players are with this specific style of play under Thomas Frank.
Brentford scored 84 goals last season, they were one of the highest-scoring teams in the championship and a huge part of that goes to their star striker Ivan Toney. Ivan toney registered 37 goals and 10 assists throughout last season, making him one of the names to look out for in the premier league this season. His characteristics allow Brentford to put away goals in abundance, his raw pace, agility, and finishing make him a nightmare for most defenses in England, however, it remains to be seen how he will adapt to the surroundings of the premier league.
Another player to look out for will be Josh DaSilva, the 22-year-old is the one who pulls the strings in midfield for Brentford. He recorded 5 goals in the championship last season while playing as a deep-lying playmaker, his vision, and the ability to pass the ball between the lines makes him an instant threat in midfield, to add to that he is also well-drilled defensively and has a good work rate to compliment his technical skills. He will certainly be a key player for Thomas Frank if Brentford is to make an impact in their first season in the premier league.
Pontus Jansson will be the wall in defense for Brentford, the Swedish center back enjoyed a decent run in the Euro 2020 this summer and also made an everlasting impact in defense for Thomas Frank and his team, making sure that they kept a clean sheet in 44% of the games in which he started.
It remains to be seen how will Brentford and its players adapt to the Premier League this season, but you wouldn’t rule them out for causing a few upsets against major teams along the way and possibly retaining their spot in the top division for the next season.