Emiliano Marcondes admits it’s felt like an age since he last stepped onto a football pitch as he builds up to a possible Brentford debut against Notts County on Saturday. The Danish attacker played his final game for FC Nordsjaelland on 10 December with the wait for the transfer window to open leaving him cooling his heels since then. With clearance granted earlier this week, the 22-year-old could make his debut against The Magpies in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round tomorrow afternoon.
While he’s new to English football, Emiliano said he is well aware of the importance of the FA Cup and thinks The Bees will give the Sky Bet League Two high-fliers the respect they deserve.
“It feels like I have been sitting out for half a year,” Emiliano told iFollow Brentford on Thursday. “I am really excited to be involved more now. With the FA Cup game on Saturday I really hope to make my debut and play a good match. In Denmark, the FA Cup is a big cup to play in. If we can get through we could be playing against Premier League teams and it would be a good experience to play that sort of games. They are at the top of League Two and I have heard that the competition in Leagues One and Two is almost the same as the Championship. If they have a good day and we have a bad day then we can lose the game. We will, of course, go into this game with a professional mindset.”
Emiliano officially became a Brentford player on Monday, having signed a pre-contract agreement to join from FCN in July. The Danish Youth International was a revelation for The Wild Tigers in the first part of this campaign, scoring 17 goals in 19 league games, as Nordsjaelland battled it out at the head of affairs. Despite his good form in Denmark, Emiliano is under no illusions about how tough it will be to cement a spot in The Bees matchday squad with Dean Smith’s side lurking just outside the top six.
“It is a strong team with really good players,” said Emiliano. “We play really good, high-tempo football on the ground. We want to be in possession. Sometimes I think we can be even more patient on the ball. I have looked at what I can bring to the team and I think if we are more patient on the ball we can create more chances, even though we are the team making the most chances in the league, and score more goals. It’s a really good squad with many good players. You have to be really good every day. Every time you train or play a match you have to be at the top level. You can’t have a day where you just play decently, you have to be at your best at all times to be in the squad.”
Emiliano got his first taste of English football on Tuesday night as he made the substitutes bench for the 3-0 defeat at Sky Bet Championship pace-setters Wolverhampton Wanderers. Goals from Ruben Neves, Barry Douglas, and Diogo Jota secured the win for the hosts and ended The Bees perfect run over Christmas. Despite not making it onto the pitch, Emiliano said the whole experience made his move to England seem much more real, even if the result wasn’t the best.
“It was a fantastic night for me to get that clearance from the FA,” said Emiliano. “I was really excited to be in the squad and have that chance to get in and play in front of another big crowd. I could feel it in my stomach that it was the first-time I could play. I was more involved and it was something that I was really looking forward to. They are a good team but we didn’t play our best game. In the first-half we could have had a few more chances if we had played better. We didn’t play our best match. We need to play at as high a level as possible if we wanted to get something out of this game.”