Brentford boss Thomas Frank has admitted it will be “impossible” to replace Christian Eriksen’s quality after the midfielder opted to join Manchester United last month. The Dane became a free agent this summer after his short-term contract with the Bees expired. He made an astonishing return with the Premier League club in January, scoring once and assisting four goals in 11 league outings less than a year after his on-field cardiac arrest at Euro 2020. Brentford had offered him a new contract when his deal expired but Eriksen decided to move to United on a three-year deal instead. He’s already got off the mark too, netting on his debut in last week’s 4-1 behind-closed-doors win over Wrexham.
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Last month, Manchester United beat fellow Premier League side Brentford to the signing of Christian Eriksen. The Bees were hopeful of tying the Denmark international down after he impressed during a six-month loan spell, although the 30-year-old opted for a move to Old Trafford instead. Well, according to Fabrizio Romano, Thomas Frank is closing in on a deal for Mikkel Damsgaard, a player who has been described as the new Eriksen. Tottenham tried to sign the 22-year-old last year after he shone for Denmark at EURO 2020, in which he scored a tremendous freekick against England in the semi-final at Wembley. Damsgaard has also been compared to Kevin De Bruyne as well as Eriksen. In our view, Damsgaard would be a better signing for Brentford than Manchester United’s capture of the Dane.
For a start, Eriksen turns 31 in February, so Erik ten Hag hasn’t exactly solved his midfield’s lack of creativity with a long-term solution. Additionally, Manchester United are highly unlikely to sell Eriksen for much money – if any – whereas the signing of Damsgaard carries high potential resale value for Brentford, as he has the talent to become a star of the future. In our view, the Red Devils should be signing gems such as Damsgaard, not Brentford. In our view, Manchester United need to start acting like the giants they are in the transfer market. That includes snapping up potential superstars such as Damsgaard – even if there is no immediate need for them, the Red Devils should still be signing these gems and loaning them out, like Chelsea tend to do.
There is nothing wrong with stockpiling talent if it is done sensibly. In truth, we wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if Damsgaard is a £50m player by the time Eriksen’s three-year deal expires in 2025. Only time will tell, but we think Brentford have outdone Manchester United by signing Damsgaard to replace Eriksen. Thomas Frank says Brentford remain in the market to land a “key player” before the transfer window closes. The Bees are gearing up for their second season in the Premier League and will open their campaign with a trip to Leicester on Sunday. Brentford finished an impressive 13th last term but Christian Eriksen, who stared for Frank’s side, has since moved to Manchester United. Brentford have bolstered their squad with the arrivals of Aaron Hickey, Keane Lewis-Potter, Thomas Strakosha and Ben Mee, while Mikkel Damsgaard could follow after Sampdoria reportedly accepted a bid for the midfielder.
“We’re definitely still in the market,” said Frank. “We’re still out there looking and searching to see if there’s someone. “I am, overall, satisfied with the squad. I think we have the number of players we need for each position in defence, midfield and attack. “Can we get that key player for the right price with the right abilities? We are definitely open to it. But it’s not that we need to get a player in. “Maybe one or two still, potentially, could leave. But again, that depends if there’s more incomings or not, or how the squad is developing and injuries and so on. That will be discussed more in the coming weeks. Brentford’s tally of 46 points last season was one more than the other two promoted teams – Watford (23) and Norwich (22) – combined.
That pair are back in the Championship this season and although Frank concedes a relegation scrap is possible, he is confident he can keep Brentford in the top flight. He added: “It is very important for us that we are an asset to the Premier League. “We are very aware that we are a small club, probably still in the bottom two budgets. We have a good team, a good squad, and a good culture. “I know there is a risk of relegation but I am a positive man and I am always looking up. I have a strong belief that we can do better than last year. “This is the Premier League and the margins are so small, but we will do our very best to attack.” Network Rail has apologised to football fans for the closure of Kew Bridge station during the weekend of Brentford’s match against Manchester United, so they will need to use alternative routes to get to the Gtech Community Stadium.
From Saturday, 13th to Tuesday, 16th, August, engineers will be working on the line between Barnes and Feltham, via Hounslow to install bases for new signals along with new cabling. . During the closure, buses will replace trains. The closure is in connection with a £375m scheme to resignal the line between Feltham and Wokingham, which covers more than 80 miles of railway and over 500 pieces of signalling equipment. Once the resignalling programme is complete in 2024, control of the signalling between Feltham and Wokingham will be moved to the Wessex Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in Basingstoke. Over the May bank holiday, new signalling was switched on in the Ascot and Virginia Water area, whilst the Hounslow Loop is set to go live in August next year, with the final phase in Wokingham is switched on in 2024. Network Rail’s managing director for Wessex route, Mark Killick, said:
“The modernisation work that Network Rail is carrying out will significantly boost the reliability and performance of the railway for many years to come. “The decision to close the railway for four days, including two working days on the Monday and Tuesday, has not been taken lightly. We urge all customers intending to travel from Saturday morning until the end of Tuesday to check before they travel and make use of the alternative transport options available.” Sally Stephens, Community Relations Director at Brentford FC, added: “We’ve been working closely with South Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail about the planned engineering works that will impact our first home game of the season. “It’s clearly frustrating for our fans to have their journeys disrupted for our prestigious home season opener against Manchester United but we welcome the clear advanced communication. All supporters are advised to arrive early on Saturday and to check their route before they travel.
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NAME: Brentford – Manchester United
DATE: 13 Aug 2022
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: Brentford Community Stadium, London, England