Brentford have signed France youth international attacker Bryan Mbeumo from Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne. The teenager, who will turn 20 next week, joined The Bees from the French second tier side, better known as Troyes AC, for an undisclosed fee.
Bryan was in the stands as Brentford kicked off the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season against Birmingham City. He signed a five-year contract, having flown in from France on Saturday morning. He played his last game for Troyes against Clermont Foot 63 on Friday evening. Bryan played on the right side of the attack as they were beaten after taking a first half lead.
Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, said: “Bryan is an incredible talent and someone we followed closely over the last season as he had his breakthrough at Troyes. We look forward fulfilling his big potential at Brentford over the next few years.”
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, added: “Bryan is exactly the sort of player we want at Brentford. He is quick, he is direct, he can beat people attacking one-on-one, he can arrive late in the penalty area and he can score goals. It is also great that he works unbelievably hard off the ball.
“He is a young player and we may have to be patient but there is even more to come from him than we have seen so far at Troyes. He is a very exciting player and one I am looking forward to working with. It is great that we have been able to add Bryan to our squad.”
Bryan has been with Troyes since he was 14 and made his professional debut for them when he was 18 in the French top flight. He has been a regular for them since that debut 18 months ago and has played 45 games in all competitions, scoring 12 goals. He hit ten of those goals in 35 league games last season and added one more on the opening day of the current campaign.
Bryan first played for France at Under-17 level, playing in a game against Italy. Last season he was part of the Under-20 group and made three further appearances for his country. He started all three games and helped his country stay unbeaten.