Brentford supporters recieve 2nd New Year gift. The Bees, already enjoying an unparalleled season in the Premier League, first beat Liverpool 3-1, and have now brought in a new striker in Kevin Schade for whom they are likely to break their transfer record.
Initially, it is a rental deal between Brentford and his previous employer SC Freiburg, but both clubs confirm that Schade intends to sign a permanent contract in London afterwards. It will run until mid-2028, and the transfer involves a record amount: Schade will be Brentford’s most expensive player ever. The club does not mention amounts, but various sources report that it concerns a transfer fee of 24 million euros. With this, Brentford broke a not so old record: just this summer it paid nineteen million for Keane Lewis-Potter from Hull City.
Schade’s stats at Freiburg
Schade only played eight times for Freiburg this season due to a muscle injury. In total, the 21-year-old German played 36 games for Christian Streich’s team, who are having a sensational season. In the Bundesliga, the red and white are currently hibernating in a good second place. They may also return to Europe: Freiburg is entering again in the eighth final of the Europa League.
Schade moves from one underdog to the next. In addition to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United also ended up losing against Thomas Frank’s team. If all signatures are still put in time, the striker can make his debut in the FA Cup game with West Ham United next Saturday.
Manager Thomas Frank was overflowing with pride, after the result against Liverpool. “These players continue to impress me with their mentality, their commitment. And their strength as a group,” said the coach, who couldn’t even have top scorer Ivan Toney against Liverpool.
“It shouldn’t be possible for Brentford to beat City at home and beat Liverpool at home,” Frank said. “The players are so confident that they can beat any team in the world. I hope the fans dream big, just like the players.”