The slide seemed unstoppable and by this point, a team once seventh in the league after matchday seven was now in 15th and just three points above the drop.
For the first time in the season, Brentford was looking in real danger of making an instant return to the Championship. A January signing however looks to have made all the difference.
Christian Eriksen had not played football since that eventful Euro 2020 game against Finland. Having a cardiac arrest on the pitch, the Denmark international was lucky to survive let alone play again.
Rules in Italy meant that Eriksen wasn’t allowed to play for Inter again due to the former Spurs playmaker having an ICD device implanted. A prior relationship with the Brentford manager got the ball rolling and in January, Eriksen would return to the Premier League.
It’s safe to say that the Danish international has had an unbelievable impact. Making his full debut in the relation six-pointer at Carrow Road, the Denmark international played the full 90 as Brentford eased past Norwich 3-1.
Eriksen has since gone from strength to strength, getting an assist in a 2-0 home win against relegation rivals Burnley. His star performance back in the Premier League was at Stamford Bridge, where the former Tottenham starred as Brentford thrashed Chelsea 4-1, their first win against their London rivals since 1939.
Ivan Toney has also raised his game thanks to Eriksen’s arrival. eight-goal involvements in his last five games for the Englishmen means Brentford now sit 13th in the table, 12 points clear of relegation.
Four of Brentford’s remaining fixtures are against teams below the Bees in the table, making safety now almost a certainty.
The Bees look like they’re flying to safety in their first-ever season in the Premier League. Sitting fourth in the form table from their last five games, the sky could be the limit for Brentford in future campaigns.