Bryan Mbeumo feels he is getting used to life in England following his summer move from Troyes. The 20-year-old attacker signed a fortnight ago and made his debut during the win over Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium. Speaking for the first time since joining, Bryan thanked his teammates for making him feel welcome straight away.
“I’ve settled in well,” said Bryan following Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat against Leeds United. “I get on well with Said Benrahma and Julian Jeanvier. They have welcomed me well into the group, as has everyone else. I feel like I am adapting well to being here at the moment.”
The attacker made his breakthrough in France last season with Troyes, netting ten times as ESTAC finished third in Ligue 2. This term he scored once in two games in France before heading across the channel. Since arriving, Bryan has featured in all four matches for The Bees, starting the last three, and has enjoyed his Championship experience so far.
“I really like the turnaround of matches in the Championship; what footballer doesn’t like playing matches,” joked Bryan. “The Championship is very aggressive and there’s an enormously high intensity level. I really like that. There are lots of fans in the stadium making a really good atmosphere. It is difficult at the start because it is so different. It’s not the same game or effort as in France and the intensity is so different. You have to accept there will be a period of adaptation and work hard during that.”
Brentford head into tomorrow’s London derby against Charlton Athletic with four points from four games following Wednesday’s Elland Road reverse. Bryan had The Bees best chance on the night, seeing an effort cannon back off the post. Despite the results, Bryan feels the team has done well so far and is looking forward to his first taste of derby football.
“It was a shame to hit the post and not to score [on Wednesday],” admitted Bryan. “We played a good match against Leeds and defended really well. It’s been a really interesting start to the season. We need to be a bit more efficient going forward but I feel that we have started well in general. It is a derby tomorrow. It is an important game but, like every game, we have to go out to win.”