Brentford’s saga was pushed to the limit by spending free money from Brighton


The build-up to Brentford’s second day trip to Brighton & Hove Albion was largely focused on off-field issues.

The two clubs have similar philosophies and their two owners – Tony Bloom and Matthew Benham – have a historical past and share a rivalry.

Brighton won the Premier League as early as 2017 after half a decade of knocking on the door of the top class, while Brentford would have to wait another four years to join them.

Before the match at Amex on Sunday, the bees were ahead of the Seagulls in the table due to goal difference, otherwise equal at this stage of the season. A fairly comfortable 2-0 win for the hosts was, to say the least, definitive.

And although Brentford have to quickly lick their wounds ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Manchester City, they can still take comfort in the fact that they impress spectators around the world during their first Premier League season.

After all, there are two huge differences between Brighton and Brentford – the former having four seasons of top flight experience and having close to staggering £ 200 million net spending over the last five years.

Despite the lavish spending, Albion have not finished higher than 15th since reaching the Premier League, but have at least won critics with their easy-on-the-eye style since Graham Potter replaced Chris Hughton in dugout.

Benham, a lifelong Brentford fan, would surely support himself and the bees to get a better four-year stretch if they could spend the same amount on new players.

90min understands that the tops in west London are anxious to secure their Premier League status, despite the fact that the threat of relegation is hardly imminent and could spend more than 40 million pounds in the January window.

Bad news, # BrentfordFC fans. Bina has admitted defeat in the race to recruit Vanderson.

The Brazilian right-back is expected to join Monaco instead. @ 90min_Football

– Sean Walsh (@SeanDZWalsh) December 20, 2021

Brentford’s competitiveness and tactical flexibility have served them well during the first half of the season, but a supply of quality would certainly not go wrong. Thomas Frank has resorted to naming several B-team players in his recent matchday teams as he looks for ways to deal with their Covid-19 and injury crises.

In recent weeks, Shandon Baptiste and Charlie Goode have emerged as key men for Frank. The duo rarely played for the Bees in the Championship, with the former spending most of his recent career in League One and the latter in League Two and non-league.

And yet Brentford continues to find ways to trouble even the richest sides of the country. They just need a little more star power to really fulfill their Premier League ambitions.

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