Mbeumo to Liverpool: Brentford star wants ‘tantalising’ move

Amid reports of strong Liverpool interest in Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo, the 24-year-old has described the prospect of a move to a top club as ‘tantalising'.

Bryan Mbeumo to Liverpool could happen this summer – Photo by Icon Sport

Speaking to L’Equipe, Mbeumo said, “I would like to play in the biggest competitions at the best clubs”. The Cameroon international could achieve both at Anfield next season.

And with question marks over the futures of several Liverpool forwards, there could be room for Mbeumo in Arne Slot’s new-look attack.

Mbeumo to Liverpool: Brilliance at Brentford

Bryan Mbeumo has been one of the biggest successes of Brentford’s ascent to the Premier League. Signed for £6m from Troyes in 2019 as a 19-year-old, Mbeumo was key to the Bees’ promotion and their three subsequent seasons in the Premier League.

Forming a potent partnership with Ivan Toney, Mbeumo has grown in the Premier League.

His attacking output has steadily improved each season. In 2021/22, the Cameroonian registered 0.34 goals and assists per 90 minutes. In 2022/23, that figure leapt up to 0.53, and in 2023/24 he established himself as a top forward with 0.69 goals and assists per 90.

Mbeumo has evolved into a fine forward – Photo by Icon Sport

This season’s figure is better than those put up by Gabriel Martinelli, Julian Alvarez, Raheem Sterling, and, perhaps most pertinently, Luis Diaz.

Blessed with explosive pace, a crafty left foot and a low centre of gravity, Mbeumo has become a fearsome Premier League forward. The 24-year-old is a hard worker off the ball, toiling to win the ball back out of possession and making relentless runs in behind in possession.

Mbeumo is ready for the next step in his career, and provided they receive a good fee, Brentford will likely respect his wishes.

Mbeumo to Liverpool: Where does he fit at Anfield?

Mbeumo is a tactically versatile attacker who can play from the right wing, as a central forward, or as a more withdrawn second striker.

Darwin Nunez has fuelled rumours of a potential departure with his social media activity. Diaz is reportedly a target for Saudi Arabian clubs, and Mohamed Salah will have just a year left on his contract when the Liverpool squad return for pre-season.

Mbeumo and Mohamed Salah could line up together in 2024/25 – Photo by Icon Sport

Mbeumo could be a long-term replacement for Salah, but is versatile and intelligent enough to coexist with the Egyptian superstar.

A potential Liverpool move for Mbeumo is also very reminiscent of their capture of another forward from the Premier League’s mid-table, Diogo Jota.

Jota joined from Wolves in 2020 for £41m, and has gone on to be one of Liverpool’s most productive attackers, scoring and assisting at a rate of 0.81 per 90 minutes across his Liverpool career.

This represented a sizable jump from his 0.48 contributions per 90 for Wolves. Mbeumo is capable of making a similar jump.

Mbeumo’s direct style is also a good fit for Arne Slot’s high-tempo football. The new Liverpool manager has used wingers with blistering pace throughout his time at Feyenoord, such as Yankuba Minteh, Luis Sinisterra and Reiss Nelson.

With only two years remaining on his contract, Brentford are running out of time to cash in on one of their largest assets. Liverpool could take advantage of this situation and snag that rarest of things: a bargain in the Premier League transfer market.

William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.