Brentford co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen believes that the club are stronger as a team now than they were at the start of the January transfer window.

The Bees recalled Jota from his loan at Eibar but also saw Sullay Kaikai return to Crystal Palace.

Florian Jozefzoon signed from PSV Eindhoven to replace Sam Saunders, who joined Wycombe Wanderers.

And on deadline day, Sergi Canos returned to Griffin Park with 14-goal striker Scott Hogan heading for Aston Villa after Brentford received a club record fee.

Rasmus Ankersen

Despite the Bees' leading player departing, the co-director of football believes the club had a positive transfer window.

“I think we are stronger as a team. We lost individual quality in Scott but, as a team, we are stronger,” Ankersen told getwestlondon .

“I think it (the Hogan sale) was a good deal for us. It was good to get some money that we can invest in the summer.”

Fans were disappointed by the lack of out and out replacement for Hogan and Ankersen explained that there wasn't the right player available and Brentford also have confidence in Lasse Vibe, who scored twice against Aston Villa.


He added: “If we were going to bring in a striker, it'd have to be a top striker. We didn't want someone coming in to be second of third choice.

“We have a lot of confidence in Lasse. He's played well but he's been unlucky. We always felt he could step up and strikers are very expensive. We need to look at the market and see what is available in the summer.”

Jota's return to Griffin Park was announced on December 31 and Ankersen believes the Spaniard is highly motivated to shine on the pitch for the Bees once again.

He said: “We monitored that for quite a while. He's playing a lot and the best thing was for him to come back.

“He produced a good performance against Aston Villa. He's very motivated. He's coming back here where he's appreciated and Jota has a big place in the heart of Brentford fans. I think we'll get a lot from him this season.”

Florian Jozefzoon

Jozefzoon joined the club ahead of the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on a six month deal with a club option for a further 12 months.

Ankersen said: “We have long term plans for him and we need to see how it goes for the rest of the season and we'll see.”

Canos' return to Griffin Park was well received and Ankersen believes he will be the right fit for the club after a difficult six months at Norwich.

The director of football stated: “In the summer, we tried but Norwich paid a lot of money and we felt it was too expensive.

“The opportunity came around and we feel Sergi has a lot to offer this team. He fits our style perfectly. He can play on the wing and up front. He's perfect for the way Brentford play.”

Sergi Canos

The Hogan transfer saga, though, dominated the month of January and the Bees were unhappy with the way West Ham acted during the transfer window with their public pursuit of the striker.

The Hammers pulled out of a deal at the last minute, with Brentford refusing to accept a deal that would see them receive £1million if the Hammers won the Premier League, with Aston Villa nipping in to sign the 24-year-old.

The Dane said: “There's not much that surprises me with how the transfer works with how clubs and agents act.

“I don't like it but we try and do our business on ethical standards. It's a dirty game and we've seen that again.”

Scott Hogan left the club

When asked why Brentford don't play that game themselves, Ankersen added: “We try and go about doing business the right way.

“You've got to navigate that market – you sometimes have to be more aggressive than others. This thing about players refusing to play, turn their heads days before a game – that's not the thing we'd do.”

The revenue from the Hogan sale will open up new markets for Brentford but they won't splash the cash if the player isn't right for the club.

Ankersen explained: “We'll be selective with spending. We've got to do due diligence. Sergi wasn't much of a problem.

“We will sign players who can strengthen the team and add financial value for the club. We're not going to be a team who sign 31, 32 year olds who have no resale value.

“We need to be clever by signing players who can strengthen the team and be a financial asset for the club.”

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