Perennial Premier League top-half occupants Brentford could be in for a tricky 2023-24 under beloved boss Thomas Frank as the new season has finally arrived at the Btech Stadium amid massive questions surrounding a summer transfer period that has possibly fallen well short of requirements.
The Bees had done well to retain its top talents despite the inconsequential loss of Mads Bidstrup, while Nathan Collins was brought in from Wolves to replace veteran Swedish center-back Pontus Jansson who left on a free transfer after his contract expired. Additionally, SC Freiburg duo Kevin Schade and Mark Flekken were added to the fold.
However, star keeper David Raya was the subject of considerable transfer interest this summer from a number of top clubs both in England and abroad, including Bayern Munich, but Brentford had rebuffed all attempts at the Spanish international before Arsenal chimed in with terms that not only have been accepted but will likely see Raya in Arsenal red in short order. Combined with the long-term absence of Ivan Toney due to disciplinary reasons, the opening months of the season may be tricky, but if anyone can come through and surprise, perhaps its the club that continues to do so.
Unfortunately for Thomas Frank, Brentford will come into the new campaign without star striker Ivan Toney as he continues to serve a lengthy competitive ban until January after breaching betting rules. Yoane Wissa is expected to lead the line in his stead.
Star keeper David Raya will also not feature here after the Spanish international has nearly completed his move to Premier League title contenders Arsenal, with former SC Freiburg shot-stopper Mark Flekken set to be trusted.
Frank will also be without the services of Frank Onyeka and Christian Nørgaard in midfield, and as such, a trio of Mathias Jensen, Vitaly Janelt, and Mikkel Damsgaard is anticipated.