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🗣 Paris Maghoma: "I’m excited to get started"

The Brentford B youngster discusses his move to the club

17 January 2020

Brentford B’s new signing Paris Maghoma says he is excited for a new challenge after agreeing to join Neil MacFarlane’s side.

Paris signed for the club from Tottenham Hotspur and will slot into the young Bees’ midfield and will look to continue his development among a talented group.

Discussing his move, the 18-year-old said: “I’m excited to get started, I needed a fresh start and a different scenery. Being at Tottenham for so many years I thought I was getting too comfortable, so it’s good to come here for a fresh start in a place where I know a few of the lads like Nick Tsaroulla and a couple of other people in the first team like Dom Thompson. They’ve helped me be more comfortable, and in training it’s about getting to know the other lads and the way they play and even how they move around at the training ground.

“I think it’s the right decision to step out of your comfort zone and see if you can handle it. See if you can handle being with different staff and players. Mentally, it’s having a different mindset towards training and games and going for it.”

Paris revealed it’s the pathway from the B Team into the First Team that has served the club so well in recent years that convinced him that this was the right step for him to take. The Bees have given debuts to Mads Roerslev and Fredrik Hammar in recent months and seeing the likes of Josh Dasilva leave a Premier League team for regular first team football is something that has given the youngster hope.

“The opportunity and the pathway that you see, there are so many boys that have come here, people like Josh Dasilva who came from Arsenal and now he’s playing in the Championship and doing really well,” said Paris. “The pathway convinced me to come here because I know that if I work hard and give everything that I have then I could have the opportunity to play.”

The youngster also says he is excited to continue his development under Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane and the fixtures on the horizon are something that Paris is looking forward to testing himself in.

He continued: “Neil is a really good guy and he seems really passionate and it’s not that he wants to help one person, but he wants to help everyone which I think is very key.

“It’s a whole different experience, at Tottenham you’re playing in a Category 1 academy so you’re going to play the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, but you don’t really play a lot of people from abroad. I’ve played against teams from Germany but when you’re playing teams from Kazakhstan it’s a whole different environment, you get to see how they play football and how you can get better.

“It gives you an idea how first team games are and how men’s football is. No disrespect to some teams but they will play the ball long and we have to deal with that because that’s what happens in men’s football. It’s not always nice and tidy passing and sometimes you have to manage those different sides of the game.”

It’s clear that the youngster has arrived at the club with ambition to kick on in his career, and Paris is aiming to impress with Brentford B before setting his sights on challenging for a spot with Thomas Frank’s first team.

He said: “For the first month or two I want to settle in, work hard, and get to know the lads. Hopefully after that I’ll be more comfortable in my environment then I can keep pushing on and then be on the bench for the first team or even start training with them.”


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