The signing of Pontus Jansson is the latest in a series of recruits at Brentford that brings the club real quality for a cut-price. The west London club has a reputation for being incredibly smart in their recruitment as well as being a conveyor belt of talent. However, keeping all of the players that they have recruited could leave the club in an excellent position to challenge for promotion next season. The Bees have several quality talents throughout the team that could play in the Premier League, and it is vital that the club hold on to those players as they aim to become a Premier League club themselves.
In attack they have one of the most potent offences in the Championship, with a front four of Spanish wonder-kid Sergi Canos, Algerian winger Said Benrahma, English talent Ollie Watkins and top scorer Neal Maupay. Those four players can strike fear into any defence. The exciting thing about Brentford is that although Maupay leads the line at Griffin Park, the other three players can easily play in any of the positions across the frontline which gives them a real fluidity in attack that makes their movements incredibly hard to cover.
Between the four players, they accumulated 60 goals and 35 assists in all competitions last season, which is incredible for a team that only managed an 11th place finish in the Championship. It comes as no surprise that teams are lining up to trying to sign frontman Neal Maupay, with the Frenchman scoring 28 goals and registering eight assists last term. The 22-year-old is an excellent dribbler and is lethal in front of goal, who joined the club in 2016 from Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne for a measly £1.6m. If the club are unable to keep the Frenchman, then they can expect to make an incredible profit.
The club were not defensively woeful last season, only conceding 59 goals last season which is less than three teams that finished above them. However, with the addition of Jansson as a replacement for the outgoing Chris Mepham then it sees the club bring in a player who has a vast amount of Championship experience as well as experience on an international level with Sweden. Jansson could compliment Julian Jeanvier and English U21 centre back Ezri Konsa at the heart of the defence, although Konsa is reportedly a target for Fulham this summer. Adding Jansson to the back three at the Bees could be the final piece needed to take the west London side into real contenders for the promotion places, this time next year could see Brentford smartly recruiting for a season in the Premier League.