January 2018, the turn of the 2017/18 Championship campaign, sees Londoners Brentford start the second-half of their season from 10th position in the table.

What will be new about this stretch to May is that they will have a new hot-shot striker on their hands who has ripped up the Danish Superligaen this season – Emiliano Marcondes, who they have signed today according to BBC Sport.

The deal had been in the offing for sometime, since news first came through of the signing of a pre-contract arrangement in July 2017. Marcondes passed a medical and Brentford manager Dean Smith told the club website at the time that, “His [Marcondes’]signing is another indication of us looking towards the future and preparing for what’s to come this season and beyond.

What Brentford fans might want to prepare themselves for, in the run-in to May and the season’s end, is a sudden flurry of goals when the Danish/Brazilian. That’s if his current form in Denmark is anything to go by.

In 19 games this season, the 22-year-old has really hit the straps and has 17 goals and providing nine assists. These goals have come at the rate of a goal every 100 minutes, indicating what his potential strike rate is.

Brentford sit just six points away from the play-off places and are one of a number of sides pressing hard on the heels of the likes of Leeds United and Sheffield United who are both in/around the play-off picture.

This prolific goal return also contains a red-hot streak of 14 goals in his last 13 games, the skillful striker having scored nine in his last six games, including a brace last time out in a 3-2 win over Hobro IK.

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