Marcus Forss said the upcoming UEFA European Under-19 Championships was a big deal for him and his country but that it was not his only focus. Marcus is hoping to be part of the Finland squad for the tournament at the end of the month. The Brentford B striker has captained Finland Under-19 in recent matches and the games have also featured his team mate Jaakko Oksanen. Finland are hosting the tournament, which is being played next month, and Marcus said it was an exciting time.
But the striker, speaking over the summer, said pre-season was also on his agenda. Brentford B will be returning for pre-season next week and – as is usual – some players from the squad will be part of the First Team group in the build-up to the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season. Marcus said he needed to be in shape from day one.
“I have the tournament coming up and pre-season at Brentford,” said Marcus. “I will come back strong. The tournament is in July, I need to be in shape for that and for pre-season. It is a big deal, Finland hasn’t been in major tournaments for a long time. For it to be in Finland is a massive deal. It is exciting for me and for Finland.”
Marcus joined Brentford B last summer after leaving West Bromwich Albion. In his first season in West London he scored 21 goals in 34 appearances in a season that saw Brentford B win 25 of 40 games, losing just 11. Marcus said the team had been fantastic all season and the year had been very good for him personally.
“The team have been fantastic for the whole season and I am proud of how we have done,” he said. “We have had ups and downs in terms of results but overall, it has been fantastic. It has been great for me personally. I have had a lot of chances, I have scored the goals but it has been a team effort.
“I am a player that scores goals in the box, I try to react quickest to anything that comes my way. I want to be ready for anything that drops. I have gone through the roof this season. When I came here I wasn’t the fittest, physically and technically I have improved.”
The Brentford B fixture list has included games against Manchester United and Manchester City at Griffin Park as well as matches against other Premier League sides including Chelsea and Everton. The side went on trips to Italy, Portugal and Ireland – among other places – and had games against some of the biggest names in European football, winning lots of them.
“The games have been fantastic,” said Marcus. “At West Brom we had a normal season and this is completely different. The experience of going abroad and playing top teams is invaluable, you will know what to expect when you progress. We have good chemistry as a team and the trips have helped us come together.”