Fantasy Premier League: Analysing Brentford Assets

The bees secured promotion to the premier league after a 74-year long wait, Winning against Bournemouth and Swansea in the playoffs following their third-place finish in the championship last season. They can be designated by a high-tempo attack-minded brand of football.

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No team scored more than their tally of 79 goals in the championship last season. However, their defense was not as impressive as three teams conceded fewer goals and four teams kept more clean sheets than their 17 including Norwich with 18 and Watford with 23. Their xGF was 76.2 whereas their xGA was 41.4. Although they have decent players across all positions, the most viable option could prove to be Ivan Toney.

FORWARDS

IVAN TONEY (6.5M)

Already owned by almost 33% of FPL managers the 25-year-old has quickly become the most selected forward in the game following his record-breaking number of goals in the championship last season. In addition to his 33 goals in 48 appearances including playoffs, no player in the division struck the woodwork more times than his 4.

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Comfortable in either a 4-3-3 formation or 3-4-1-2 system employed by Thomas frank towards the end of the season Toney offered not only goals but also creativity as only 4 players provided more than his 10 assists while his tally of 10 big chances created ranked joint top with Brian Mbeumo amongst teammates.

MIDFIELDERS

BRYAN MBEUMO (5.5M)

The 21-year-old Bryan Mbeumo was one of the championship’s breakout stars when he arrived the season before last accumulating 16 goals and 7 assists in the 2019-20 season. Despite the new look frontline after the departures of Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, he was able to maintain an impressive output last season directly contributing to 18 goals. The Frenchman’s tally of 55 shots inside the box ranked top amongst Brentford midfielders only beaten by the highly-rated forward Ivan Toney across all positions. Mbeumo also excelled creatively with only Mathias Jensen offering more than his 57 attempted assists while no teammate could better his 10 big chances created.

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SERGI CANOS (5.5M)

The 21-year-old Spanish winger was a key performer in helping Brentford getting promoted to the premier league. He had 49 appearances under Thomas Frank scoring 9 goals and providing 9 assists. He took a total of 105 shots of which 49 shots were inside the box. His tally of 9 big chances created further symbolizes his creative ability. He could prove to be a differential midfielder at that price point. He has mainly played on the left-wing primarily but can also operate as a right-winger.

DEFENDERS

ETHAN PINNOCK (4.5M)

Making 42 appearances across the league and playoffs commanding center-back Ethan Pinnock was ever-present at the heart of the defense, only Ivan Toney and David Raya martin played more minutes for the bees last season. He has been a rock at the back throughout and the 28-year-old has been rewarded with a place in the PFA Championship team of the year along with Toney and left-back Rico henry.

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Despite scoring only 1 goal throughout the campaign, his tally of 31 shots all from inside the box is joint highest amongst Brentford defenders. His total of 288 (CBI) clearances, blocks, and interceptions were also a team-leading figure.

RICO HENRY(4.5M)

The 24-year-old English center-back is a highly rated left-back and also attracted interest from Southampton last season further solidifying his stake as a premier league quality player. He scored once and provided twice in the whole of last season with 31 appearances.

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As he is an attacking full-back and could also operate as a Left-wing-back in a 3-4-2-1 system recently employed by Thomas Frank he could prove to be a decent alternative to Ethan Pinnock if you choose to go for a punt as he could provide attacking returns as he is a full-back.

GOALKEEPER

DAVID RAYA (4.5M)

Their No.1 has proven to be a very consistent goalkeeper in recent years. Although Brentford has conceded goals as compared to other promoted teams, Martin’s goalkeeping ability is very good with a save percentage of 74.1%.

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