Brentford head coach Dean Smith has insisted there have been no discussions with Philipp Hofmann about leaving the club in January.
The German striker has been rarely used this season with Scott Hogan starting every game and the former U21 international has even found it difficult to get time as a substitute.
And the head coach has called on Hofmann to replicate his cameo against Cardiff on Boxing Day more often.
Smith said: “Hoff is in his second season. He's not had as much pitch time as he'd like but such is the form of Scott Hogan he's found it difficult to get in.
“His 15, 20 minute cameo against Cardiff was good and that's more what we want to see from him. There's been no discussions about him leaving.
“He works hard every day. He wants to get on the pitch and if he produces more games like that he's likely to get on the pitch more often than not.
Hofmann's Boxing Day cameo for Brentford has led to calls in some sections of the fanbase for the German to partner Hogan up front.
“He did well when he came on the other day. Whether I'll start him or not I'm not sure,” Smith added.
“He's done well in B team games to warrant a place but he knows he has to work as hard as he can to get in there.
“He was a bit too heavy early in the season. He's back to his fighting weight and determined to get in the team.”
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