The Brentford player factory has been a useful one for teams with more money but not quite their eye for talent.
And the next man off the production line, star of the gossip columns is Said Benrahma, one of the standout attackers in the Championships this season.
Indeed, their front three – Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo – have been brilliant, scoring 39 goals between them, but the chances are that someone with a bigger bank balance will pick off at least one of them in the summer.
But the question is: is Benrahma good enough for the Premier League?
Sam Parkin was at Griffin Park on Tuesday to see Brentford’s 1-1 draw with Leeds. “He would produce a little nutmeg, get the crowd off their seats and the next time he’d receive the ball he’d give it away in a really dangerous area. He was overelaborate in his own half, and with that aggressive press and the energy Leeds have.
“But I think someone will take a punt on him – not maybe a team that is challenging for the European places, but perhaps a team in the middle of the table, he could add something to those squads.”
Adrian Clarke was more emphatic about his chances of stepping up.
“He’s 100% good enough for the Premier League. He will frustrate on occasion, but you get that with a lot of these maverick, flair players. You just have to look at the end product: there are a lot of player who look like him, but don’t provide goals or assists and just look flashy. In the case of them I’d be really wary.
“But he marries [the flair] with end product: 24 goal involvements last season – ten goals, 14 assists – and he’s got nine goals and five assists this year. I think he would score and make goals in the top flight, no problem.”
It’s been said before, but if Leeds had Brentford’s attacking three then they would have promotion all wrapped up already.
“The input of Costa and Harrison has not been good enough, and they’re not taking that goalscoring burden off Patrick Bamford,” said Sam Parkin.
“We’re still talking about the same thing: we don’t know the finances of the club, but in an ideal world they would’ve had the money to sign someone like Iva Toney, or Lyle Taylor, or even Nakhi Wells for £4-5million to just give them that push this season.”
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