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Brentford's attack in safe hands.

It was a thriller at Villa Park last weekend as Brentford completed a remarkable comeback to make it three draws on the trot. At 2-0 down the Bees look dead and buried however the team portrayed unsurprising resilience to fight back and claw a point. Ivan Toney was ruled out from starting lineup through illness and whilst this was a disappointment, the near full 90 minutes the Bees played without him highlighted what next season could potentially look like for Thomas Frank's men.


Toney's inability to start meant Yohan Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo lead the lines. Mbeumo made his first start since returning from injury and left his mark in sublime fashion netting from a weak foot volley. The dynamic of Wissa and Mbeumo upfront gave Villa all sorts of problems. With Toney growing ever likely to leave West London Frank's experimentation in this game to entrust Wissa and Mbeumo to work without the support of an out-an-out number 9 may have given him some new ideas to take forward into next season.



Luckily Thomas Frank will be spoilt for options next season as where Toney may be leaving it's important to remember the Bees have signed Brazilian forward Igor Thiago from Club Brugge. Thiago will arrive at the Gtech next season for a 30-million-pound fee and it will be interesting to see how he will fit in. The 22-year-old is no stranger to scoring, he has registered 16 goals and 2 assists in the Belgian Pro League this season and therefore could be Brentford's long term solution to replacing Toney.


Thiago's arrival next season could mean Wissa and Mbeumo may never leads the lines as a duo however after performing so well together could Frank start the campaign with these two before easing Thiago in. The signing of Thiago could see the return of the 433 for Thomas Frank, it's an attacking formation but the Danish manager must be having some real headaches in regards to his attack as bees fans mustn't forget the ever-promising Kevin Schade will be back in first team action soon. So, factor in the possibility of Frank having a fully fit front line next season, could the 532 be ineffective to increasing productivity in the final third.



Brentford's form appears to be taking a turn for the better, many teams have failed to earn anything at Villa Park this season especially from a losing position. The Bees are now unbeaten in three games but are still desperately searching for three points. They face Sheffield United at home this weekend who are fighting to stay in the division. As Toney should be fully fit it's expected he will start but over who is the question?


Neither Wissa or Mbeumo deserve dropping, Wissa is consistently reliable and offers a lot of energy to the team. As for Mbeumo, he oozes class, having only just gained his fitness back from a nasty ankle injury, the Cameroonian has evidently picked up where he left off with ease. Sheffield United may play more on the front foot as they're running out of time to leapfrog those above them. So is there any need for Frank to play a five back when there could be more spaces to exploit in a 433. Frank would then be able to perhaps play all three of Toney, Wissa and Mbeumo however it's understandable that this would leave Brentford vulnerable in transition particularly when Reguilon and Roerslev are attacking fullbacks who like to get forward.



It will be fascinating to see how Frank approaches the game this weekend but if there is one thing to look forward to for Brentford it must be next season. Players such as Keane Lewis Potter and Josh Dasilva if fit are also considerations for Frank in attack so there is a lot of variety in terms of the profile of players Frank will have available to him. Hopefully with no injuries and the money to reinvest into the squad the depth Frank will have, will be enough to get his side mixing it in an around the European positions again. For now, Bees fans can depict that there attack is in safe hands and although their beloved Ivan Toney may leave scoring goals shouldn't be an issue next campaign.




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