Brentford January transfer window guide: Bees could bring forward move for Pontus Jansson replacement

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Brentford captain Pontus Jansson is out of contract at the end of the season  (Getty Images)
Brentford captain Pontus Jansson is out of contract at the end of the season (Getty Images)

Given that they arrived in the top-flight with a Championship-sized squad and almost no Premier League experience, Brentford did not go overboard with their summer recruitment but injuries and Covid have stretched Thomas Frank’s resources.

Indeed, their two most high-profile summer signings, Kristoffer Ajer and Yoane Wissa, have both spent lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Ajer’s absence has been particularly keenly felt, with Frank’s preference for a back three despite centre-half injuries meaning midfielder Vitaly Janelt has even been deployed out of position on occasion.

Club captain Pontus Jansson is out of contract at the end of the season (though there is a one-year option on his deal despite links with Everton and Newcastle United), so the Bees could bring forward their move for a replacement to bolster Frank’s options.

Cover at right-back is high on the list of priorities again - Sergi Canos has excelled as a wing-back but is a winger by trade, while B-team graduate Mads Roerslev has not always convinced. Gremio defender Vanderson has been heavily linked but recent reports suggest the 20-year-old is on the brink of joining Monaco.

One area which may need a short-term fix is in goal, depending on the progress of David Raya’s recovery from a serious knee injury.

In midfield, Brentford are well-stocked ahead of the proverbial ‘like a new signing’ return of Josh Dasilva, who has been out since February with a hip injury.

Up front, Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo have formed a strong partnership, with the fit-again Wissa pushing his case. Any move for reinforcements will likely first depend on whether Marcus Forss is allowed to leave on loan.

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