It was make or break for Brentford within the play-off final in opposition to Fulham. They broke.
After a scintillating, breath-taking, heart-pounding marketing campaign through which the Bees notched a league-high 80 goals, Thomas Frank’s side froze on the largest stage of all of them, guaranteeing they’ll be a Championship side for at the least one other year.
But while Brentford could also be a second tier side next season, a good few of their players could not.
The Premier League vultures are already starting to circle, with the famous BMW frontline proving scorching property this summer time.
Saïd Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins notched a staggering 57 league goals between them last season (not together with two more within the play-offs) – a complete that 9 Championship teams failed to surpass – main to widespread hypothesis relating to their futures.
So, with ‘BMW’ attracting a complete host of admirers, let’s take a look at whether or not every player is probably going to leave this summer time and which clubs would go well with them best.
Benrahma has been Brentford’s best player since arriving in 2018 and of the three forwards he seems the almost definitely to be on his method out.
Just about each club within the Premier League has been linked with the magical Algerian at one point or one other, and he appears destined for a move to the top flight.
With the Bees hierarchy said to be demanding a fee of round £25m for the previous Nice winger, some clubs could have been deterred by the 24-year-old’s non-existent show at Wembley.
One of the numerous clubs whose name has been talked about as a possible suitor for Benrahma is Crystal Palace.
With Wilfried Zaha’s future at Selhurst Park but once more up within the air, the Brentford man would offer another (though granted not on the similar degree) and leave the club with additional funds to strengthen elsewhere.
Palace fielded the oldest common starting XI within the Premier League last season. Were they to safe the signing of the 24-year-old ahead of a number of sides, it could represent a step within the right route and a marquee signing for the club.
15 goals and eight assists represent a nice return from Mbeumo in his maiden Championship marketing campaign, although inconsistency has been a difficulty for the 20-year-old.
Having solely made a handful of appearances in Ligue 1 prior to his move to Brentford, inexperience was at all times possible to play an element and it’s clear the teen nonetheless has so much to be taught.
The former Troyes striker’s sporadic dips in form are maybe the rationale he hasn’t attracted the interest his strike companions have, although that’s not to say he’s been with out his admirers.
Despite his clear potential, a move to the Premier League appears a bit of untimely and both Mbeumo and Brentford would profit from the 20-year-old spending one other season within the Championship.
Only Aleksandar Mitrovic hit more than Watkins within the second tier this season, with the previous Exeter man bagging 25 goals in 46 league games.
The 24-year-old is said to have had an £18m price tag positioned on him by Brentford, information which has alerted a number of Premier League clubs together with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leeds United.
Dean Smith revealed prior to the play-off final that he’d tried to sign Watkins while supervisor of Brentford and confirmed he was nonetheless an enormous admirer of the centre forward.
With Aston Villa struggling for goals and seemingly eager on offering a focal point to their assault who others can play off, Watkins would provide the right foil.
The Brentford man is fast, highly effective and helpful within the air, and he might offer wholesome competitors at an affordable price once Wesley has regained health.