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Frank Onyeka: Brentford new boy beneath the highlight

Frank Onyeka grew to become the newest Nigerian to maneuver to the Premier League on Tuesday when his transfer to Brentford was confirmed by the highest flight new boys.

The Bees reached the promised land for the primary time by way of the playoffs—and a 2-0 victory over Swansea Metropolis—and should have snared a helpful asset as they give the impression of being to keep away from relegation again to the Championship.

Onyeka arrives in London following three years {of professional} soccer in Denmark with heavyweights FC Midtjylland, having beforehand come via the ranks of the home giants.

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He initially moved to Europe in January 2016, by way of a partnership between Midtjylland and Nigerian facet FC Ebedei, and has loved success within the Superliga.

On the time of his departure, he had gained two Danish prime flight titles throughout his time on the membership, with Midtjylland sandwiching a Danish Cup triumph in 2019 between their league successes in 2018 and 2020.

Onyeka has, nonetheless, been made to attend for his formal unveiling at Brentford, with the membership solely this week getting his work allow issued to ensure that him to be registered.

A five-year deal represents an actual present of dedication by Brentford, as they goal to pin the 23-year-old down for a few of the finest years of his profession.

He’s additionally a full Nigeria worldwide, having made his debut late final 12 months, and Onyeka’s promotion to one of many world’s largest leagues ought to effectively assist his standing with the Tremendous Eagles.

Seye Omidiora has gone in-depth on the midfielder’s arrival in a current episode of The Scorching Seat, the place he describes a few of the attributes—and primarily defensive qualities—that Onyeka will deliver to the Bees.

Definitely, he’ll have his work lower out as Brentford put together for what could be a relegation-threatened marketing campaign, though Onyeka’s expertise within the Champions League ought to stand him in good stead.

In accordance with Opta, just one different participant within the UCL final season averaged extra mixed tackles and interceptions than Onyeka, who registered—on common—six in every recreation he performed in Europe’s premier membership competitors.

Count on him to be doing quite a lot of tackling and getting firmly caught in when the Bees pit themselves towards the Prem’s massive boys subsequent time period.

“I’m wanting ahead to getting Frank within the constructing. We expect he’s a powerful addition to the squad, and we’re wanting ahead to working with him. He’s a really dynamic participant,” Brentford coach Thomas Frank advised the membership’s official web site.

“Frank performs as an eight in our system, he is excellent at getting from field to field and will likely be helpful to us after we don’t have the ball,” he added. “He has come from the Danish league and was probably the greatest midfield gamers in that league; we expect he has the potential to develop additional.

“All of the coaches listed here are wanting ahead to working with Frank and pushing him to the next degree.”

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