After the heartache of losing out in the rousing 3-0 loss at borough last season, Bees fans, staff, and players alike would have gone into the new season full of optimism and a real belief for the first time that this season we could carve our way into the hallowed land.
However in order to do so new signings were required and of course losses to the first team squad were expected.
Early on in the window Will Grigg departed for Wigan for a hefty £1 million whilst our captain and solid centre back Tony Craig departed for his old club Millwall on a free transfer.
The inevitable departure of Alex Pritchard back to Spurs after completing his loan spell was also a sad farewell as straight away it was obvious a player of his immense quality would need to be replaced
The other early losses Jon Toral and Chris Long were also sad departures as both showed what they were capable of last season. alongside those, the losses of fan favourites Stuart Dallas and Jonathan Douglas to championship rivals Leeds and Ipswich also left a large hole that needed to be filled in the centre of our midfield.
Moses Odubajo left bees fan with a bitter taste in their mouths as he left for Hull for £3million in a saga the could be described as unpleasant at best.
The final loss came as Burnley were able to pry our star striker Andre Gray away from us for the minimal price of £6 million in the closing weeks of the window.
The long term injuries of Jota and Hogan also meant that Matthew Benham and his team would have to busy themselves in the transfer market.
Whilst these losses are severe to the team it is important to remember that one, no player is bigger than the club, and two, no one is irreplaceable. With that being said the players brought in by Matthew Benham are already on their way to fill the gap left behind by our former players.
Konstantin Kerschbaumer was the first of our new summer signings. The Tall Austrian central midfielder signed from Admira Wacker in order to partner Toumani in the centre of midfield had a great start to his Brentford career earning many plaudits in his man of the match performance in our 2-0 win over stoke pre season.
He continued his pre season form against Ipswich battling right until the end to help us secure a vital first point of the season in our thrilling 2-2 draw. Against Bristol his performance seemed to slightly dip however as the Bristol attack carved open our midfield with relative ease during an uneasy first half.
Against Burnley and Reading KK has failed to show his early form that impressed so much, however now that the transfer window is over and the players can settle down and focus on their team Brentford fans are sure to see KK regain his earlier season form that gained him so much praise.
Early player rating: 6
Our second signing, and early statement of intent from Benham and co. was the shock signing of fully fledged Danish international Andreas Bjelland from FC Twente.
The highly rated tall, strong centre back was on the radar of many premier league clubs which shows the change of fortunes Brentford FC has favoured over the last few seasons.
Tragically however Andreas injured himself preseason and has since been ruled out for the majority if not all of the season. Everyone involved with Brentford will wish Andreas a speedy recovery and look forward to see him play as soon as.
Early player rating: NA
Akaki Gogia was the third bees signing. Relatively unheard of in the footballing world this was a clear catch from Brentford’s new look transfer policy.
Straight away however it was clear why Benham had signed the Georgian, darting runs, an incredible first touch, good situational awareness and a seemingly unending tank of gas, has propelled Gogia to one of the best of our new summer signings.
As was showed at Bristol City, Gogia’s defensive side can be improved but as an attacking threat it looks like defenders throughout the championship are going to grow to hate the name Akaki Gogia.
Early player rating: 8
Our fourth signing came in the form of Josh McEachran, the highly rated Chelsea youngster who had fallen out of favour at our West London neighbours was a welcome addition to Brentford’s new look team.
The 22 year old 5.10 midfielder spent last season out on loan at Vitesse and received rave reviews from the club’s fans. Conned ‘The next Jack Wilshere’ Bees fans can be assured this youngster will turn out to be key player for us in the coming seasons.
Josh is currently out injured with a broken foot and will not feature for several months.
Early player rating: N/A
Philipp Hofmann become our fifth summer signing when he was signed for £1.2 million from Kaiserslautern.
The towering striker was brought through the youth system at Schalke and also received rave reviews from fans of Kaiserslautern many of whom were reluctant to let go an asset of his quality.
The giant German impressed alongside Andre Gray in the early games of the season, showing his quality against Bristol City with a very well taken goal and all round brilliant performance, however since Gray’s departure Hofmann’s performances have dropped and have even led him to receive a barrage of criticism for his performances.
Whilst Philipp will be the first to admit he has had better games it is quite clear that he needs a player to play off of him in order to unlock his full potential and play to the quality he has shown us he can.
Early Season Rating: 5.5
Lasse Vibe became the next Dane to join the ranks at Griffin Park.
Vibe has an incredible record in front of goal, scoring 82 goals during his professional career which included a stunner against Reading for the Bees and a sole international goal for his country.
Whilst Vibe is still clearly adjusting to the new league and country his performance against Reading should give Brentford fans a reason to get excited as he showcased with his stunning finessed goal. The season is still very early and I expect a big impact from Vibe as the season goes on.
Early Season Rating: 5
Maxime Colin was the next desperately needed reinforcement and straight away showed to the travelling support at Burnley just how good he was.
The former Anderlecht man came on as substitute and instantly solidified the bees defence and looked the perfect replacement for Moses Odubajo, if Colin’s form continues bees fans could soon forget why they ever mourned the loss of Odubajo.
Early Season Rating: 9
Deadline day also proved to be fruitful for the Bees, having seen performances drop against both Reading and Burnley, fans requests were met as three new players joined the ranks.
Sergi Canos was the first of these, a half season loan signing from Liverpool this could be one of the deals of the transfer window, the 18 year old is held at extremely high regard at Liverpool and hopes to break into the first team within two seasons. A graduate from the Barcelona academy Brentford fans are sure to be excited by this new signing.
The second loan signing is a name that may be recognisable for some fans. Marco Djuricin was nearly a Brentford player last January after we had a bid accepted from Sturm Graz for the prolific striker.
Marco however chose to stay in his native country and sign for Red Bull Salzburg in order to better his chances of breaking into the Austrian national team.
Things however have not worked out quite as he wanted in Austria which has allowed the Bees to finally get their man on a season long loan. Those wondering why we would take a gamble on this player after he endured such a tough last campaign are urged to pick up a smart phone and find a highlight reel of his career so far, if that doesn’t sell you the lads clear quality nothing will. A much needed class signing all the same for the Bees.
The final 11th hour signing for Brentford was in many ways saving the best until last, Ryan Woods conned ‘The Ginger Messi’ was seen as a steal for the bees at just over £1 mil.
The former Shrewsbury town utility man was subject to two earlier bids from West Ham but it was Brentford who were able to sign the highly rated defensive midfielder.
Woods played every single game in Shrewsbury’s League 2 promotion campaign and as a result was included in the League 2 PFA team of the year.
Bees fans will be hoping that Wood’s will be able to provide the midfield bite that Brentford have been missing this season.
With the new signings in place and the window closes, we can now hope that once returned from the international break the players will be able to bond and become the wonderful football team everyone at Brentford knows we can be starting against Preston.
Christy Ryan: 20 years a Bee.
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