Manager Thomas Frank has pledged that his Brentford side will stay true to their attacking style and has backed one man to shake up the Premier League.
The Bees are about to embark on their first ever season in the Premier League. And it will be the first time in three quarters of a century that the west London outfit will play in the top flight. They secured promotion via the play-offs, beating Swansea City 2-0 in the final after finishing third in the Championship standings.
And the capital outfit did it in style, scoring the highest number of second-tier goals with 79. Newcomers to England’s top division have been known to go into their shells, with damage limitation the number one priority.
But Frank has made it clear that is not the Brentford way.
“We want to attack the Premier League,” he told reporters ahead of the new season. “I’m extremely laser-focused on the next game and aiming as high as possible.”
Leeds United made a successful return to the Premier League in 2020-2021 after 16 years away. Marcelo Bielsa’s side finished ninth and played some attractive football.
When asked if his side would try to emulate the Whites, Frank was non committal. But he was adamant that he and his charges will aim to reach for the sky.
“I don’t know if they are our benchmark, but we are going to attack the league,” the Dane added. “We are a bumble bee – they are not designed to fly, but we were still able to fly into the Premier League and we will constantly do everything we can to keep flying as high as possible.”
Frank expects striker to shine
Ivan Toney joined Brentford from Peterborough United last summer. The 25-year-old was prolific in two seasons with the League One outfit.
He took his game to another level last term, bagging 31 league goals. Frank is expecting big things from the former Newcastle United forward who manages to stay grounded despite his success.
“Ivan Toney had one aim – that was to go to the Premier League with us and he has achieved his target,” he continued. “Now we want to attack the Premier League together. “I have a big belief in Ivan, 100 per cent.
“He has got all the abilities to score goals in the Premier League as well, with a top mentality and big belief in himself, which as an offensive player you need to have.
“When I talk about attitude, I always say confident, but humble. He is massively, massively confident, but also humble and with the right values as a family guy.”
Brentford begin their Premier League campaign with the visit of Arsenal on Friday eveing.