Brentford's BMW are the driving force behind a stunning Premier League promotion push and ...
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When you think of a BMW, a luxurious and smooth vehicle comes to mind.
The German manufacturer boast some of the most elegant machinery on the road.
So it’s quite fitting that Championship high-flyers Brentford have a front three which has earned the tag epitomising exactly that.
The Bees have the most potent attacking force in the division with Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins driving their promotion bid.
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The Bees, who also have the best defensive record in the Championship, have a front three at their disposal which is the second-tier equivalent of , Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Watkins is going head-to-head with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic for the Golden Boot, with the pair currently tied on 20 goals.
The 24-year-old’s seamless evolution into a No.9 has been a pivotal reason behind the club’s current success.
The former Exeter academy graduate told in December he never envisaged getting an opportunity to play up front for Brentford, with strikers always coming and going at Griffin Park.
But Watkins grabbed his chance with both hands when Neal Maupay – who himself was also a big hit at the Bees – sealed a to the Premier League with Brighton last August.
The Bees were scrambling the market for a replacement for Maupay in the summer, having multiple bids turned down for Charlton’s while a deadline day move for Saman Ghoddos also fell through.
It was then that head coach Thomas Frank opted to move Watkins in from the wing – and as they say the rest is history.
The £1.8m the Bees paid Exeter for Watkins certainly looks a bargain now.
Then there’s Benrahma – the creative dynamo at the heart of Brentford’s attacking play.
The Algerian’s technique allows him to dictate games from wide positions, although he is prone to cutting inside off the left flank.
The 24-year-old loves to take on defences, with his dribbling ability among the best in the Championship. And then there’s the nutmegs. And there have been plenty of them.
Benrahma and QPR’s – arguably the two best technical players in the division – both completed double-nutmegs in their most recent league encounters.
What made Benrahma’s extra special was that he punished the same opponent – Middlesbrough’s Lewis Wing – twice. Yes, you heard it right.
He has found the net eight times in the league already this season as well as contributing six assists, and that form hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Newcastle had a representative in attendance for Saturday’s pulsating 3-2 win over Jonathan Woodgate’s men, and they would have returned to the North East mightily impressed with what they had witnessed.
Arsenal and Leicester have also been linked with Benrahma, who was picked up for just £1.5m from Lique 1 Nice and is now worth at least 10 times that.
Benrahma has no made is no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, but for now he is focused on helping Brentford return to the English top-tier for the first time since 1947.
His professionalism and mentality cannot be questioned, character traits which have been clear for all the wider footballing world to see in recent times.
Benrahma’s father passed away last month and in his first game back after the tragedy he notched a hat-trick in a 5-1 thumping at Hull on February 1, paying an emotional tribute to him during the first half.
The winger opened the scoring with a fine 20-yard strike and took off his shirt to reveal a message in French which read ‘I love you, Dad’.
And then there’s Bryan Mbeumo. The Brentford board are , so when they forked out an initial £6m fee to land the French Under-20 winger we all knew that in all likelihood the Bees had unearthed yet another dime in Mbeumo.
The 20-year-old, who joined the club from Troyes AC in August 2019, operates on the right-hand side of Brentford’s front three.
The powerful and pacy attacker got off the mark for his new side in his fifth league game – a 3-0 win over Derby – scoring another 11 goals since while contributing six assists in the 2019/20 campaign to date.
So quite evidently this BMW is close to reaching fifth gear, and one questions who and how they can be stopped between now and the end of the season.
This silky partnership hasn’t operated without its difficulties though, with Watkins admitting that the language barrier has made it tricky in terms of communication between the trio.
“It’s hard [communicating] as Said doesn’t speak too much English, but when he does say something it’s always so funny,” Watkins said on the last week.
“The other French lads, Bryan [Mbeumo] and Julian [Jeanvier], normally translate for Said.
“Whenever he’ll try and explain something it will be in French and then he’ll look around and he’ll go ‘Where’s Julian and where’s Bryan?’
“But it’s brilliant, we know what he’s trying to get across. I think we have a great connection, we complement each other really well. But it’s not something that’s happened overnight.
“There are times when it hasn’t clicked like at Huddersfield away the other week – we couldn’t score a goal.
“But on the whole you have to look at it and say it’s working really well as a partnership.”
Frank certainly agrees with that view. When asked by whether he would swap his front three for any other in the division following Saturday’s victory, he responded with an emphatic one-word answer: “No.”
The Dane is fully aware what needs to be achieved come the end of May if he wants to have any chance of keeping his beloved BMW in cruise control beyond 2020.
Premier League football in their new state-of-the-art stadium could well do the trick.
Brentford will jump into the Championship’s top three should they beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Tuesday night at Griffin Park – a game which is .
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