Brentford Opinion: Bees should go all out for Bryan Mbuemo
According to Get French Football News, Brentford have launched a €6.5million bid for French U20 international Bryan Mbuemo, with reports claiming that the Bees are keen to make further additions to their ranks before the deadline.
However, if Brentford are really serious about getting their hands on Mbuemo, who currently plies his trade with Troyes in the Ligue 2, the Bees would need to fend off interest from Premier League club Southampton, German clubs Schlake and Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as several other top-flight clubs in France. (h/t Get French Football News)
There has hardly been any shortage of excitement in the 2019 summer transfer window and Brentford have been in the mix as well, with the Bees already making the headlines in the tabloids with some high-profile signings.
Brentford made already made it clear that they are looking to mount a strong challenge for promotion next season with the acquisitions of Pontus Jansson from Leeds United, goalkeeper David Raya from Blackburn and Christian Norgaard from Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Ethan Pinnock and Mathias Jensen have also been brought in from Barnsley and Celta Vigo respectively.
However, the Bees are seemingly not done with their summer business just yet and Thomas Frank has set his sights on Bryan Mbuemo, who is widely acclaimed as a burgeoning young talent in the French second-tier.
The 19-year-old caught the eye of scouts from several clubs in Europe with his stellar run of form in Ligue 2 last season and he might as well be on the move this summer itself, with so many clubs weighing up bids for him.
Brentford have taken the first initiative towards negotiating a deal for the Frenchman, although it remains to be seen whether the player is keen to move to England if it means playing football in the Championship.
Mbuemo impressed with 10 goals and 3 assists in 35 Ligue 2 appearances for Troyes this past season and successfully guided his club to the promotion playoffs, where a 2-1 defeat at the hands of RC Lens in the semi-finals ended their hopes of securing promotion back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
Born in Avallon, France, to parents of Cameroonian descent, Mbuemo rose through the youth ranks at Troyes before making his senior professional debut in the top-flight in February 2018 in a 1-0 victory over Metz.
The teenage sensation made 4 substitute appearances in Ligue 1 in the 2017-18 campaign, as Troyes were relegated, but he enjoyed regular first-team involvement the last term in Ligue 2.
A sharp and agile attacker noted for his powerful left foot, Mbuemo is essentially a right-winger by trade but he is more than capable of playing out wide on the left and leading the line as a centre-forward.
The 19-year-old impressed with his pace, power, trickery, balance and clinical finishing last season and it is not surprising to see so many clubs circling around like sharks to snap him up, although he is still very much in his formative years as a player.
To put things into perspective, Brentford are quite well-stocked in the attacking department, with the likes of Said Benrahma, Neal Maupay, Sergi Canos and Ollie Watkins all in their ranks.
However, bringing in a promising youngster like Bryan Mbuemo would certainly increase competition for places and add valuable depth to the squad.
As a matter of fact, the Bees have every reason to be optimistic regarding this move, given that their recent raids on the French market have reaped rich dividends.
The likes of Maupay and Benrahma came in as completely unknown entities but they are now in-demand stars waiting for a move to the Premier League.
Hence, there is every possibility that Bryan Mbuemo could be the next in line to emulate the success of his predecessors at Griffin Park.
Also, the likes of Watkins, Maupay and Benrahma have all been linked with moves to the Premier League (h/t Evening Standard), meaning that the Bees might have to let them depart eventually.
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Keeping that in mind, a move for Mbuemo makes perfect sense, as he seemingly has the talent and the potential to evolve into the next big name at Griffin Park.
That said, the Bees should leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the French teenage sensation this summer, as manager Thomas Frank plans for yet another promotion onslaught.