Wissa admits to disappointing Brentford season

Wissa admits to disappointing Brentford season
Brentford's Yoane Wissa reacts to a missed chance during the Premier League match at the Gtech Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday March 30, 2024.

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday May 05, 2024. 11:00

DR Congo international Yoane Wissa has admitted that Brentford have endured a disappointing season in the Premier League.

The Bees have spent most of the 2023-24 campaign hovering around the relegation zone, only recently confirming mathematically that they will play in the English top flight once again next season.

“No, it’s not impressive,” Wissa conceded about Brentford’s season, as per the London Evening Standard. “We knew we were going to be safe. Now we need to look at what the problems [were] and what we could do better.”

Asked if Brentford had gone backwards this season, he replied: “I’m not willing to say that. It’s not backwards, because we are still in the Premier League.

“The main [aim] of Brentford is not to win the Champions League. Of course, we could have done much better, but Brentford are Brentford, they are not Chelsea.”

The midfielder added, “From a Brentford perspective, I would say this season has been five out of 10.

“We’ve managed to [secure] safety, that’s the main thing. We’ve been unlucky with injuries. The injuries were to important players, that’s why it’s made a big difference.

“You always expect some players to miss some games, but not every [week]. The line-up has changed almost every game. No consistency. So that’s part of it.”

Wissa also spoke on the issue of key striker Ivan Toney leaving the Bees, which is widely expected to take place in the off-season. The DRC player believes Brentford will cope if Toney departs, especially with £30 million signing Thiago joining the team from Club Brugge in July.

“Everyone is prepared for that [Toney leaving],” Wissa noted. “It’s football life. Ivan is not immortal. We need to change at some point and [Thiago] will bring the team higher. Brentford don’t spend money for nothing, it’s been four years we’ve been working together.”

Wissa also believes that playing on the continent is a realistic goal for the London club: “I think we can get into Europe – easily. And we will. For me, we will.”

Source: www.standard.co.uk

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