Kamohelo Mokotjo's improved understanding and management of the game are why he has cemented his place in the Brentford midfield in recent weeks.

So says Bees boss Dean Smith of his summer signing from FC Twente, of whom there were big expectations, but who spent the first few months of the season in and out of the side.

It became a pattern that Mokotjo would be saved for away games, while Nico Yennaris or Romaine Sawyers would be preferred for the advanced midfield roles in home fixtures.

But in recent weeks it's been Yennaris and Sawyers taking their turns on the bench as Mokotjo finally starts to put his stamp on the side.

“His understanding of the game, game management and knowledge has been excellent,” said Smith, when asked what the main difference with Mokotjo's game is now compared to before.

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“We knew the quality of player he was and he's learnt the Championship already. He's a very quick learner, but he's a really humble guy as well,

“We always felt the transition might be a it slower coming from a different league, where he's been a number of years now, and is probably a bit different in terms of tempo to what we play

“But he brings professionalism, attitude and quality. He's a great lad to have around and he's settled in well.

“He was also playing as a defensive midfielder in Holland, while we've been playing him probably a bit more advanced than he's used to, so he's been getting to know about that position as well and what we require from him.

“It's really challenging to pick a team now, especially in the midfield area, as we've got some real quality players there. It can be a bit of a headache and leads to a lot of discussions amongst the coaching staff.”

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