On this episode of The Longball Premier League Preview Show, John and Declan are joined by Brentford superfan Billy Grant of the Beesotted Podcast. The panel discuss how the nerds have taken over the Bees in their meteoric rise to the Prem, how Brentford might not just survive but thrive in England's top flight, and their deep love for a particular wonderkid.
Since taking over in 2018 from Aston Villa's Dean Smith, Thomas Frank has turned Brentford from an average to below average Championship side, into a nearly unstoppable one, with now two back to back playoff finals in two seasons. Frank's tactics emulate the same principles as some of the world's best managers and teams in the modern era, with unique takes that have turned The Bees into one of the most efficient sides in the division. Even if they can't make it happen in the playoff final for the second year running, Brentford appear as though they will be in the Premier League sometime very soon, due to their excellent recruitment, and Frank's exceptional management and tactics. Here is our tactical analysis of Thomas Frank's Brentford in 2020-21.