10/09/2021; 1:18 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Brentford are putting in the work to make their first-ever appearance in the Premiership a memorable one. The club is working round the clock to ensure that they do not drop to the Championship, at least not in the foreseeable future. They have bolstered their defence with the acquisition of Danish defender Mathias Jorgensen.
It’s a tough life out there for teams just promoted from the Championship to the Premiership. The first thing on the agenda is remaining in the Premiership beyond their promotion year. There is also the assignment of attracting players to boost your squad to make that dream a reality.
It is easier said than done, and that is why several teams get promoted but return to the lower league the very next season. The resources to compete with the elite clubs is too much to bear.
The 2021/22 season includes Brentford, Watford and Norwich City, of which Norwich is languishing in the relegation spot and looking very likely to drop back to the Championship.
Brentford hasn’t done badly so far. They’re yet to lose any game, having garnered five points from three matches. Three of those points came in a 2-0 win over Arsenal. That victory so much caused a dent in the Gunners’ quest that it put head coach Mikel Arteta’s job hanging by a thread.
Of the three teams that got promoted to the Premiership, Brentford look the most likely to survive. It’s early days yet, but they’re not leaving anything to chance and have gone and acquired a defender who has experience of English football.
As per the Daily Mail, the Bees have signed 31-year-old Mathias Jorgensen. Zanka, as he is known, joins on a deal for a season. The signing is subject to a work permit and international clearance confirmation. The one year deal also includes an option to extend his contract by another year till the summer of 2023.
Zanka left Turkish side Fenerbahce as a free agent this summer and will now be filing out for the Bees.
Zanka is not new to the Premiership and would not need an adjustment period. He previously played for Huddersfield Town when they played two seasons in the Premiership. That spell in the elite division was between 2017 and 2019.
The Danish defender has spent time at FC Copenhagen, PSV and most recently, Fenerbahce. Last season, the Dane was out on loan at Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen, and they were able to finish third.
Thomas Frank, the Brentford boss, is pleased with nabbing a top-quality and experienced player. He believes that the player could strengthen the squad as they fight to remain in the Premiership.