Brentford’s 2021-22 season review: Stunning Thomas Frank leads bees to first Premier League season wellbeing

It started with a Friday night win over Arsenal to start the campaign and there were plenty of other memorable moments for Bees fans, as the club finished 13th and just five points clear of the top half.

Brentford’s challenge now will be to ensure they don’t suffer from the sort of second-season syndrome that nearly saw Leeds crumble.

Here, Standard Sport assesses the Bees’ 2021-22 season…

The season in a nutshell: Feel good

Star of the show: Christian Norgard

Somehow continues to be among Brentford’s most underrated players, although he is also recognized as his best.

Biggest disappointment: Alvaro Fernandez

A bit harsh, but there weren’t many and the fall after No. 1 David Raya was sidelined was huge.

Most Improved Player: Ethan Pinnock. The centre-back played non-League football for Dulwich six years ago. Remarkable ascent.

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Game to remember: Chelsea 1 Brentford 4 (April 2, 2022)

The win at Bridge was an incredible result, but the matchday one win over Arsenal set the tone for what followed.

Game to forget: Southampton 4 Brentford 1 (11 Jan 2022)

Losing at home to Norwich wasn’t great, but the defeat at St Mary’s started an eight-game losing streak that left the Bees fearing a downfall before Christian Eriksen was brought in and ready for action.

rising star: Vitaly Janelt

At 24, he might be a little old for that, but the German was one of many performers in that top-flight debut campaign in just his second season in English football.

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Director’s verdict

Thomas Frank was a breath of fresh air. A decent and engaging man, a superb coach and deserving of his Manager of the Year nomination.

The mood of the supporters

I had to wait a long time for the first Premier League campaign – and it worked. They too added so much to the division with the atmosphere of the house on memorable evenings.

Grade: A


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