Can Brentford do a Leeds in the Premier League next season?
13 Jul 2021 11:25 am, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United held their own in the Premier League in their first season back in the top flight in 18 years. It was clear that Marcelo Bielsa and his men were ready for the rigours of playing against the elite clubs in England. The Whites were on point throughout the campaign and finished the term with a flourish to place in ninth. Leeds did contend at one point for a European spot, and although they failed to muster enough points in the end, their return to the top flight was still a resounding success.
Due to their form last term, Bielsa and his team are backed in the football betting odds at 9/2 to place in the top six next season. It will be a challenge, but the club has made savvy moves to ensure that they keep the momentum building. Leeds has put out the blueprint for how to survive in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship. Norwich, Watford, and Brentford will be determined to emulate the Whites and remain in the top flight with a strong campaign. The Canaries and the Hornets both have experience of the Premier League, but the Bees are entering new ground.
They have been threatening to reach the Premier League for a five-year period after becoming a model of consistency in the second tier. Finally, Thomas Frank’s men got over the line by beating Swansea City in the playoff final and can now look forward to their first Premier League term.
The Bees have been hailed for their recruitment model, which has seen them replace stars with ease after gaining huge profits. Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma, Ezri Konsa, Neal Maupay, Chris Mepham, and Andre Gray were all sold for significant sums. However, the Bees used their data model to replace those key men without facing a drop-off in quality. Last season, Ivan Toney was nothing short of sensational scoring 31 goals in the Championship after replacing Watkins.
Brentford now brings their exciting style of play and transfer model to the Premier League. There's every chance they could be the team to match Leeds’ exploits. There's an abundance of talent at the disposal of Frank in the final third.
One of the most important aspects of making the leap from the second tier to the top flight is goals. With Toney, they are well catered for in that regard, but the club also boasts Bryan Mbeumo, Marcus Forss, and Josh Dasilva, who are all up-and-coming players with great potential. The Bees also have the budget to supplement their strikeforce, and further astute additions will no doubt arrive at the Brentford Community Stadium before the end of August.
Teams of the ilk of Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town enjoyed good first seasons in the Premier League after promotion but lacked the structure to remain in the top flight over the long term. Leeds certainly has those credentials given the talent of Bielsa in the dugout and the excellent business the club continues to achieve in the transfer market.
Brentford may have the same characteristics in place: they could very well be the next Leeds. Watch out for the Bees in the 2021/22 campaign.