HERE at Dream Team HQ we consider it our duty to flag up successful players who may be flying under the radar.
Take Mathias Jensen (£3.2m) for example.
At the time of writing, Brentford’s No8 is the ninth-best midfielder in the game having collected 52 points from seven Gameweeks.
This impressive total puts him above the likes of Bruno Fernandes (£5.9m), Phil Foden (£4.5m), Pedro Neto (£3.2m), Dominik Szoboszlai (£3.8m), Moussa Diaby (£3.4m) and several other assets who have deservedly received praise so far this season.
In fact, Jensen is the Bees’ best performer at this stage, having recently surpassed Yoane Wissa (£2.3m) and Bryan Mbeumo (£3.6m) – two players considered smart options during the opening month of the campaign.
Thomas Frank’s side were undefeated in their first five games of the season (all competitions) but results have tailed off lately.
Defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park was followed by a shock loss to Everton and elimination from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Arsenal.
On Sunday, Brentford drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest, extending their winless run to seven games.
However, despite this drop-off as a collective, Jensen has pulled twice his weight in the middle of the park.
The Denmark international’s assist at the City Ground was his fifth goal involvement of 2023/24.
He scored against the Toffees, Bournemouth and Newport in addition to his other assist against Tottenham in Gameweek 1.
This increase in attacking output is something the 27-year-old has developed in the last year or so.
He wasn’t a regular scorer in the Championship and he registered just two assists (and zero goals) in all competitions upon promotion to the top flight in 2021/22.
Last season, he registered a very respectable eleven goal involvements (five goals, six assists) and he’s on course to beat that personal best return this term.
Jensen’s minuscule ownership of 0.3% is understandable; Brentford’s form is on the slide and without European fixtures to bolster his schedule it will be a tough ask for him to maintain his lofty position in the coming weeks.
But he evidently deserves to be acknowledged for his efforts to date – the numbers don’t lie.
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