Brentford B forward Gustav Mogensen says he is relishing the recent challenges under Neil MacFarlane having played a number of first team opponents in recent months.
Matches have seen the side come up against the likes of AFC Wimbledon, Beijing Renhe, FC Seoul and FC Astana in recent months and Gustav believes coming up against tough opponents who are often older than the group is serving them well with the experiences that they are gaining.
He explained: “I think the match with FC Seoul was a massive test, like all of the first team games. When we play against first teams that’s tough. They’re the fixtures where we gain good experiences against some really good teams.
“We all want to go on and play first team football and experiences against teams like FC Seoul and the others provide good tests.”
Having recently returned from a week’s stay in Portugal where the young Bees played three fixtures, Gustav says the time away was valuable and the team are continuing to learn as they seek to push themselves closer to first team football.
He continued: “It’s a great experience, it’s such nice facilities in terms of the hotel and the pitch, it’s stunning. The boys are happy and we’re playing good football at the moment so it’s good.
“I wanted to come to Brentford because the things I was told about the B Team and the chance to get promoted into the first team. To go through the process of being a B Team player really interested me.
“The key is to train well, eat properly and work hard every day and take your chance when it comes. You have to work hard and work 100% each time when you’re on the pitch, and off the pitch you have to make sure that you’re eating and sleeping well because those things matter.
“It motivates me a lot to see guys that are playing in my team go into the first team and play games for them.
Discussing the pathway for B Team players at the club, Gustav believes the transition for players is made easier by being close to the first team setup day after day.
He said: “I think it’s easier here than at other clubs, you eat with them and train right next to them. The fact that you know them before you actually go into the first team, if you didn’t know any of them before you went in then that makes things more difficult.”
Being one of many Danes across the club is helpful admits Gustav, but the 18-year-old also believes it’s important to mix with the English players and the culture.
“It’s always nice to have guys you can speak Danish with, but I think it’s important to try and get amongst the English culture with the other guys, said Gustav.” “I love the English culture, it’s so different compared to the Danish culture.”
Having had a positive season in front of goal so far with 12 goals to his name, the youngster won’t reveal the number he wishes to end the campaign on but is keen to keep finding the net as the season continues.
He said: “I like to keep them quiet, but I want to score as many goals as I can. I’ve been a bit off for the past month, but I’ve come back the past few games and feel that I’ve done well and scored some goals. The staff believe in me and recently I’ve been able to show what I can do.”