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Christian Eriksen’s ruthlessness should keep Brentford in the Premier League

Brentford’s status as a top-flight team has been endangered by a run of five straight Premier League defeats in the previous month.

 

The Bees have stayed comfortably outside of the relegation zone for much of the season, but with clubs behind them improving and all having at least a one-game edge over the west Londoners, nerves are starting to fray.

 

 

 

At this moment, Thomas Frank’s side would have to suffer a massive collapse as well as teams in deeper difficulties miraculously transforming into prime Brazil/Spain/insert historically brilliant team in order to be demoted come May. However, they might use a few more points to assuage any lingering concerns.

 

Brentford were unlucky not to beat Crystal Palace — one of the Premier League’s most established/pure mid-table teams in recent years – on Saturday, despite creating a slew of better chances and resolutely shutting out their south London opponents.

 

Christian Eriksen, arguably Brentford’s most famous player despite making zero appearances for the club, was introduced to the crowd prior to kick-off and received a standing ovation. On Monday, the Danish midfielder will take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly as he continues his recuperation in preparation for his eventual Bees debut.

 

The club and the player have been hesitant to put a date on the calendar for when he may make his first Brentford appearance (much less for a full 90 minutes), but there’s a chance their six-pointer against Newcastle at home in a fortnight could be the day.

 

 

 

It’s simple to sit here and argue that adding a player of Eriksen’s talent to Brentford’s team, no matter how reduced by the events of the past year, will be critical to their survival bid – his career chance creation figures speak for themselves.

 

However, that may not be the most beneficial region for them. The Bees are already adept at creating opportunities out of thin air, always squeezing new possibilities when the going gets difficult and causing havoc with set pieces.

 

Frank, on the other hand, frequently laments that his teams aren’t ‘fortunate’ enough, that their attacking prowess and defensive tenacity aren’t always rewarded (the latter they have certainly improved upon recently). Eriksen is one of the best long-range shooters and late-goal experts in Premier League history.

 

Eriksen scored 13 critical late victories or equalizers during his time at Tottenham, and his 23 Premier League efforts from outside the box were a league best during his time on these shores.

 

Brentford’s paths to goal have been limited by their fixation with moving the ball into a ‘position of maximum opportunity,’ as well as a dearth of players who can threaten from distance. In addition to his evident technical abilities, Eriksen gives Frank’s style a new dimension.

 

Josh Dasilva, a highly rated midfielder, is speeding up his comeback from a long-term hip injury, and his introduction in Saturday’s stalemate with Palace gave the hosts’ attack new vigor, with a directness and thrust akin to what Eriksen will give.

 

These two signings (or re-additions in the case of Dasilva) will give Brentford a more complete team that will be able to avoid relegation.

 

They only need to be a little more ‘luckier,’ as Frank continues to point out.

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