Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant compares Brentford with Leeds United
Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has tipped newly-promoted Brentford to emulate Leeds United next season.
The Elland Road outfit secured promotion to the Premier League last summer for the first since 2004, and punched above their weight at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, finishing comfortably in the upper half of the table.
Brentford are looking to do something similar next season, and Grant believes Leeds are the perfect inspiration for them.
The Man Utd goal told the club’s official website: “You’re looking at quite a unique team, a unique club. A smaller club but a London club, so attractive to some as well. But the way they run the club, the framework, the ideas, the forward-thinking mentality, their use of technology and statistics.
“All of that stuff, for me, is really refreshing, and all of the club – the players, the staff – have bought into it massively and when you have a club that’s very united and solid and driven in terms of where they’re trying to go, as you’ve seen with Leeds it can propel you endlessly really. Because their goal and vision is so clear.
“As a squad and playing staff and coaching staff, I’m sure Brentford will be able to follow Leeds and have a really strong year next year.”
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Marcelo Bielsa’s side held their own against the Premier League’s heavyweights last term, proving they are no pushovers by playing an exciting brand of football.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur suffered defeats at the hands of the Whites, while the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd were held to draws.
We were the team to beat last season, and many neutrals outside the Premier League saw us as their second club.
The bar has been set high and Bielsa would now be aiming to break into the top-six with his boys.
Grant took note of Leeds as most of his teammates at Old Trafford would have, and they surely would have discussed some of our performances in their dressing room.
We are here to stay, and securing European football is the next thing on the agenda.
Earning promotion and retaining top-flight status afterwards is not particularly easy as Fulham and West Brom found out, and the fact that we did it with almost the same core of players is commendable.
Brentford, Norwich City and Watford can learn a thing or two about getting it right in the Premier League from Leeds, and all eyes will surely be on us again when the new campaign begins.
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