Brentford boss Thomas Frank is bracing himself for a summer window in which he’s likely to lose a number of his most talented players, with Palace in the hunt for one of them.
21-year-old central defender Erzi Konsa is believed to have caught the Eagles’ eye this term, with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield all also credited with an interest; leaving Frank to wonder aloud whether or not he’ll be able to keep his talented yet youthful squad together for another run at a play-off place in the 2019/20 season.
Alongside Konsa, the Bees have the likes of Said Benrahma, Neal Maupay, Rico Henry and Ollie Watkins amongst their ranks, all of whom are 23 and under but for a club of their stature, retaining the services of such eye catching young talents throughout a summer window is likely to prove easier said than done.
Despite their impressive rise under owner and lifelong fan Matthew Benham, the club’s entire business model has been established upon buying low and selling high. It’s an advanced analytical approach which helped Benham make his fortune in sports betting and now sees the west London outfit readily letting go of their prized assets as and when an offer comes in which is deemed too good to turn down. It’s already been put into action on numerous occasions, with Andre Gray and Sam Baldock perfect examples of the approach but for fans at Griffin Park, it must be a tad frustrating.
As of yet, no one can be sure how high Palace will have to go if they are intent on landing Konsa or indeed any of his teammates but you can be sure that Brentford boss Thomas Frank is on high alert heading into a three month stretch in which he may well see a number of the key cogs within his squad replaced with fresh faces for a fraction of the former’s selling price.