Brentford ‘have nothing to be scared of’ – Canos

Sergi Canos believes Brentford should have no fear when they start the club’s first-ever season in the Premier League next month.

And the winger says he is expecting a smooth transition from playing in the Championship to the top flight.

The Bees’ second-longest serving player, who signed permanently in January 2017 after a loan spell the previous season, said: “We want to take it game by game and finish as high as possible, and we have nothing to be scared of.

“I am very excited about this season, as I think everyone at the club is. I don’t think a lot changes in terms of football and in terms of what we want to do.

“I’m excited to be in the Premier League with this club and I’m excited to be a Brentford player this season.

“I think this club is going in the right direction and we are doing great.”

Brentford will get the new campaign under way with a home match against Arsenal on 13 August.

“It’s a great way to start, and also to have the fans back, to have everyone back is fantastic,” Canos said.

“But for now we have to focus on [the next friendly against] Manchester United and take it step by step and get the fitness levels back up.”

Canos featured in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly at Boreham Wood, which several other players sat out.

Vitaly Janelt, who went off early on in Saturday’s friendly win at AFC Wimbledon, and Bryan Mbeumo were among those missing from the squad.

Boss Thomas Frank said they have minor injuries and there was simply no need to risk them.

Midfielder Mads Bidstrup has not played in pre-season yet because of “an injury picked up in training”, Frank added, while there is better news on centre-half Mads Bech Sorensen, who is “back on the grass now” after being sidelined near the end of last season.

Frank also said that midfielder Mathias Jensen, who was forced off injured near the end of Denmark’s Euro 2020 semi-final defeat by England, is fit again.

Jensen, Christian Norgaard and captain Pontus Jansson will rejoin the squad in the next couple of weeks after being given an extended break because of their involvement in Euro 2020.