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O'Connor backs Forss to fight for First Team place

Reaction to award for on loan striker

20 November 2019

Marcus Forss has been backed to fight for a place in the Brentford First Team very soon after winning an award last week. Marcus, on loan at AFC Wimbledon, was named EFL Young Player of the Month for October. And Kevin O'Connor said the goals that won him that prize could soon be coming in red and white.

Marcus is a graduate of the Brentford B team and Kevin, now Assistant First Team Coach, was B Team Head Coach when the striker arrived. Marcus joined The Bees after leaving West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2017 and broke all scoring records during his first season with the B Team. He found the net 21 times and picked up the Mary Halder B Team Player of the Year Award at the end of the campaign. That form was rewarded at the time with a new contract and promotion to the First Team squad.

Marcus made a goal-scoring professional debut in an EFL Cup tie at Southend United last August, with his Sky Bet Championship bow coming later that month against Blackburn Rovers. A back injury kept him out until the New Year and, when he returned, he made a further six First Team appearances, netting his first Championship goal during our final day victory over Preston North End. The 20-year-old netted once in three matches for The Bees in August before joining AFC Wimbledon on loan for the season.

Marcus, who signed a new four-year contract before making his loan move, has played ten games in all competitions for AFC Wimbledon, scoring seven goals and Kevin, speaking to skysports.com, said the striker's quality was soon evident. Kevin also said Brentford are watching Marcus closely and felt he would make an impact when he returned.

Kevin said: "Once we got him up to match speed, especially for the B Team, you could see his quality. You could see straight away that he was a finisher and had very good ability with both feet. I think it was only a matter of time before he got in and around the First Team squad.

"We played Wimbledon in pre-season and I know there was other interest as well, but Marcus decided to go there. I think it suits him as he can stay at home as well and it's not too far so we can keep a close eye on him. If he keeps going well then as soon as that's up, I think he'll come back here and be fighting for a First Team place."

See the full interview here. Marcus also spoke after winning the award. See the interview below.


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