Five seasons in the Sky Bet Championship and now five top-half finishes. As we head into our final 12 months at our historic home, here's the start of our look back at our penultimate season at Griffin Park.
Henrik makes history
While the summer brought rest and recuperation for most, that wasn’t the case for Henrik Dalsgaard as he showcased his talents to a global audience at the World Cup in Russia. Henrik, who became our first-ever contracted player to appear at World Cup Finals, was voted into the Team of the Group Stages and played more minutes than any other Sky Bet Championship player during The Danes' run to the Last 16. Their campaign included a draw against eventual winners France, and elimination at the hands of finalists Croatia only came after the lottery of penalties.
Ezri Konsa swaps South for West
Our first foray into the transfer market came midway through June with highly-rated England Under-20 World Cup winning defender Ezri Konsa making the switch across London from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. The then 21-year-old arrived with 86 appearances to his name for Charlton, 47 of them coming during The Addicks run to the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs the preceding season.
Nice to see you, Saïd
The eve of our pre-season tour to Germany brought a second summer arrival in the shape of Algerian winger Saïd Benrahma. A former Youth Team teammate of Neal Maupay, the 22-year-old arrived on a long-term deal from OGC Nice. His arrival had been long anticipated and he had a special message for one fan on joining!
Our pre-season business concluded late on in the month as French Ligue 2 winning defender Julian Jeanvier arrived from Stade De Reims. The commanding presence at the back joined fresh from helping Reims romp to promotion, conceding just 24 goals in their 38 league games. Along with Saïd, Neal Maupay, and Yoann Barbet, Julian added to the Francophile contingent in West London.
As well as the ins, there were also four First-Team departures over the summer months. Andreas Bjelland departed at the end of his contract while Konstantin Kerschbaumer (FC Ingolstadt 04), Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County) and John Egan (Sheffield United) all moved on after a combined total of 130 Championship starts in Brentford colours
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Marcus Forss 2
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