It is official – Brentford will be playing in the Premier League next year.
The Bees’ triumph over Swansea at the play-off final saw them claim promotion alongside Norwich and Watford.
A goal from Emiliano Marcondes and an Ivan Toney penalty within the first 20 minutes secured the final win.
Brentford strongly defended the lead and the win never looked in serious doubt. Midway through the second half, Swansea had Jay Fulton sent off, which only made the win look even more likely.
Swansea never looked to be in any serious contention. They showed nerves and jitters from the start, which only intensified as the match went on.
The Swansea defence found the intense pace of forward Bryan Mbeumo impossible to deal with. When he was brought down by Freddie Woodman, the resulting penalty from a cool Toney gave Brentford the lead.
Mbeumo proved to be a constant menace for Swansea as his electrifying speed and control beguiled the opposing defence.
The winger was also at the start of the attack that provided the winning goal. He accelerated forward and created space before passing to the oncoming Mads Roerslev.
Roerslev then found Marcondes who finished off a swift and deadly attack on the break.
As it turned out, Brentford ran out clear winners and can now look forward to the opportunities of the Premier League.
Brentford join the Premier League for the first time
The 2-0 victory took place at Wembley and was the final match in a successful play-off campaign. Prior to the final, Brentford also saw off the challenge of Bournemouth.
It was an immense triumph for manager Thomas Frank’s side, who lost out to Fulham in last year’s play-off final.
Brentford were also looking to make up for eight other previous near misses at the play-offs. Even the most loyal Brentford fans must have been wondering when their time would come.
Brentford supporters will now be among those experiencing the best in Premier League action alongside some of the world’s biggest football clubs.
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And now Brentford fans can back their own team against some of the biggest football teams in the next Premier League season.
Preparation for the debut in the Premier League
The play-off final win means the upcoming season will be Brentford’s first in the topflight of English football since 1947. The first ever season in the Premier League promises all sorts of opportunity for the side.
But with opportunity comes a stern test of ability for Franks’ team.
Naturally, the manager will be looking to strengthen the squad to cope with the new demands of the topflight.
Commentators believe there are some key areas that the staff at Brentford will be looking to address. Foremost among the positions to look at will likely be the defence.
The Bees have strong options in central defence already. Players such as Charlie Goode, Mads Bech Sorensen and Luca Racic provide a strong and resilient backline.
But in the full-back positions on left and right there is some cause for concern. The number-one left-back Rico Henry missed a large part of the second half of the season.
A lot of fluid reshuffling including putting winger Sergi Canos at the left of defence meant Brentford could deal with the problem. However, greater strength in depth at left-back certainly would not do them any harm.
There are also likely to be targets for the right-back position. Henrik Dalsgaad will be out of contract over the summer and the impressive Mads Roerslev is still only 21.
Brentford have enjoyed an impressive attack across the season.
In Ivan Toney they saw a striker crowned the Championship’s top scorer with 31 goals. The subsequent conversions in both play-off semi-final and final brought it to 33.
Bryan Mbueno has also been impressive across the season, and not only in the play-off final. The skilled forward helped to support Toney in attacks as well as providing eight goals.
There is little doubt that Brentford’s return to the heights of the English game after 74 years will provide a strong test. However, as Sheffield United proved last season, a balanced offering of new signings adding to the overall squad can be the most successful way to go.
Brentford certainly do not need a complete overhaul. It is more that they need to concentrate on the key positions where they currently lacking. They can then work to their strengths and look forward to a positive season back in the top league.
To fully compete against the top teams in England promoted teams need a high degree of strength across the squad. The demands of the Premier League are totally different to those of the Championship.
Records show that there have only been three Premier League seasons, in 2001-2002, 2011-2012 and 2017-18 when all three newly promoted teams survive relegation.
This shows what a tough proposition it is to stay in the league, never mind having a successful season.
But Brentford and Frank have shown a great amount of resourcefulness and skill this season. The combination of flair and tactical organisation will stand them in good stead once the new season kicks off.