74 years after they last made an appearance in English top-flight, Brentford are now back. And what does Brentford’s first season in the Premier League hold? And perhaps more importantly, who can inspire the Bees while they navigate arguably the best football league in the world?
The easiest answer right now is perhaps the 25-year-old Brentford forward Ivan Toney. His tally of a remarkable 31 goals in the Championship last season also happened to be a new record in the league. In addition, he assisted 10 times. Toney is a player who was tracked by several Premier League clubs last season and he has the chance to test himself at the top level this campaign.
His playing style can be described as dominant and clinical. He is extremely adept in finding spaces between the defenders. His movement in the opposition half are often problematic for the opposition defenders. Spatial awareness and utilization are key aspects of his game. In addition to all that he is also versatile in the air.
Let’s take a look at some stats from recent matches.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
Toney’s attacking and creative stats for the first three matches can be seen in the above chart. While he has scored only one goal so far, his attacking stats look promising. His xG per 90 is in the 63rd percentile while his xG for shots per 90 is 1.837. He also has been particularly successful with his dribbles.