Brentford have every right to be feeling confident going into the new season and not just from the Bees' pre-season results.

The squad that the club have assembled looks strong from one to 11, while the strength in depth is something I've not seen at Brentford.

When you go through every position there are multiple options in there and when you think some players may miss out on being in the squad entirely, it provides a real test for Dean Smith to name a starting XI.

Dan Bentley appears to have won the battle with Luke Daniels for the number one shirt at the start of the season.

Right back is a headache for Smith with Henrik Dalsgaard and Maxime Colin both impressing in red and white stripes. Josh Clarke can also perform in the right back spot.

Rico Henry's performances have secured the left back spot, with Tom Field capable of providing a challenge for that spot.

Harlee Dean, Nico Yennaris, Sergi Canos, Jota and Dan Bentley model the new kits

Captain Harlee Dean may face a battle to get back into the side if John Egan performs well at Sheffield United. Andreas Bjelland and Yoann Barbet have both made strong claims to partner him.

The simple fact that three of Ryan Woods, Ollie Watkins, Romaine Sawyers, Nico Yennaris, Kamo Mokotjo and Josh McEachran are likely to miss out on a place in the starting XI in any given week is incredible.

Choosing two from Jota, Sergi Canos or Florian Jozefzoon may well have been made easier by the former Liverpool man suffering an ankle injury against Celta Vigo. Again, Clarke can fill the void in this position as could Watkins.

At this current time, Lasse Vibe has earned the right to start at Sheffield United with Neal Maupay providing support and competitition.

Lasse Vibe

Now, if nobody was to leave Griffin Park this window, then Smith would have even bigger headaches when Lewis Macleod returns to full fitness in September.

Then, there is the question of how Alan Judge would fit in when he makes his return, which is likely to not be until 2018.

The strength of this Brentford team though makes the League Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon all the more crucial.

I'm already expecting around 11 changes for the meeting with the Dons and victory would mean that those players involved would have a chance to get some more minutes in August.

Defeat, on the other hand, would leave a few players feeling frustrated as the season rolls on.

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