With the right additions, Brentford can mount a meaningful challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

The Bees finished the Championship season in 10th place and have now firmly established themselves as a second tier side.

Rasmus Ankersen said the target was the Premier League within three years two seasons ago so what do the west Londoners need to do to get there?

Sticking with Dean Smith's preferred formation of 4-3-3 with out and out wingers supporting the striker, GetWestLondon's Brentford correspondent Tom Moore assesses where the first team squad are ahead of the window opening.


Dan Bentley saved Tom Cairney's penalty

Options: Daniel Bentley and Jack Bonham

This is not an area where the Bees need to spend much, if any time, in. Bentley had a fine first season in the Championship and Bonham proved against Barnsley that he can step up if the current number one gets injured or sent off.

Right back

Maxime Colin

Options: Maxime Colin and Josh Clarke

The fact that Brentford are closing in on Henrik Dalsgaard suggests that one of these two is likely to leave. The more likely option appears to be Maxime Colin as, given his performances this season, right back would not be an area where the Bees would look to improve. Clarke is a more than capable deputy.

Left back

Rico Henry on the ball

Options: Rico Henry and Tom Field

Henry's three months showed a player that is destined for greatness in the near future but, fortunately from Brentford's perspective, other clubs are unlikely to be sniffing around at this stage. Field is capable of pushing his fellow 19-year-old but needs time to develop.

Centre back

Harlee Dean on the ball

Options: Harlee Dean, John Egan, Andreas Bjelland and Yoann Barbet

Brentford's defence grew in confidence as the season went on and, unless there were departures in the summer, it shouldn't be considered an area of essential priority.


Ryan Woods holds off Conor Washington

Options: Ryan Woods, Nico Yennaris, Josh McEachran, Lewis Macleod, Romaine Sawyers, Konstantin Kerschbaumer

Alan McCormack's departure does necessitate the need for Brentford to try and find the tough tackling midfielder capable of breaking up play this summer.

The Bees' midfield are very much ball players and are excellent at dictating play when they get into the ascendancy.

Woods and Yennaris had fine seasons while Sawyers grew into his role as well. Kerschbaumer was little used at the start of the campaign but had a strong finish. Will he be content with a bit-part role again next season though?

Josh McEachran and Lewis Macleod have shown in flashes what they are capable of but injuries have limited their game time at Griffin Park.


Jota makes it 3-1

Options: Sergi Canos, Jota, Florian Jozefzoon

One of Brentford's first decisions to make is whether to trigger Florian Jozefzoon's one year option at the club.

The Bees must also look to keep hold of Jota, whose performances in the second half of the season were excellent.

Adding an additional body in this area would be a positive for the west Londoners.


Lasse Vibe

Options: Lasse Vibe, Philipp Hofmann

Signing a striker is an absolute must for Brentford. Vibe has done a grand job leading the line since Scott Hogan's departure but he will need some stiffer competition.

Dean Smith doesn't seem to rate Hofmann. The German has only played 91 minutes in the league due to a variety of issues. Romaine Sawyers has also led the line for the Bees, doing so against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham.

That is only 42 minutes more than B team player Justin Shaibu received in the latter half of the season.

The wildcard

Alan Judge puts a cross in

Alan Judge

Dean Smith may have to adapt the way he plays to accommodate the Irishman when he eventually returns from injury.

Judge has played a holding role in the 2014/15 season allowing the likes of Jota and Alex Pritchard to get forward more.

He became the focal point of the team in 2015/16 and fully deserved the player of the season award that year.

In that time, Brentford played more of a 4-2-3-1, rather than the 4-3-3 they play under Smith.

Judge has played on the wing before or should the head coach adapt his team back to a 4-2-3-1?

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