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Despite being 131 years old, Brentford FC is a team that is yet to acquire its first major silverware. In 2009, after becoming League Two champions, which is the 4th tier of English football, the club needed another five years before it managed to win their right to be a part of the Championship. Their next future goal is to finally join the Premier League.
Nicknamed the Bees, the club is based in the west side of Greater London. Because of the location, Brentford is rivals with other local teams, namely Chelsea, Fulham, and Queens Park Rangers. It seems like the Bees' specialty is to acquire players from the lower tiers of English football and refine them to the point where they are at the Premier League level of play.
Scott Hogan from Rochdale for £950,000 in 2014 – Hogan was a part of numerous English clubs but only became started playing in a more credited league in 2013 when he joined Rochdale in League Two. His form was rather impressive, which prompted a move on Brentford’s behalf. The club bought Hogan in 2014 in what would be the most productive period of his career. He didn't play often but scored regularly, making 21 goals in 33 appearances for the three years he spent with the Bees. In 2017 he was bought by Aston Villa for over £10 Million.
Andre Gray from Luton Town for £620,000 in 2014 – The striker rose to prominence with Luton netting in 52 goals in 97 outings, and it's a mystery why Luton would let go of him for such a small amount. After joining Brentford, he couldn't keep up his goalscoring rate but still did his job well with 16 goals in his first Championship season. Gray lasted only a single season with the Bees – Burnley saw themselves paying £12.40 to acquire him in 2015.
Ollie Watkins from Exeter City for £2 Million in 2017 – A product of Exeter’s academy, Watkins would grow on as a player to the point of becoming Brentford’s most expensive player. In his first two seasons, Watkins managed 23 goals. In the following and also his final season in Brentford, he doubled his record, scoring 26 goals. This was enough for Aston Villa to spend big on the forward. There were rumours that he may even join a bigger club. With the paid transfer fee of £30,80 Million, Watkins' move to Villa was the biggest departure in the Bees' history. It was also the most significant transfer news to have ever come out of the club.
Neal Maupay from Saint-Etienne for £2 Million in 2017 – Yet another striker on our list, but this time a small exception is featured. Maupay wasn't brought in from an English club. Instead, he was part of Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne before his move. He found it hard playing in France's top-flight and only made a name for himself while out on loan with Stade Brest when he scored 11 goals in 28 league matches. Because of this, he was bought by Brentford in 2017. He settled in the English football scene nicely, and during his second year with the Bees, he scored 28 times in 49 appearances. He was bought by Brighton in 2019 for £22.20 Million and has since become a regular scorer for the Seagulls in the Premier League.
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