17 goals, 16 games: Brentford’s new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen could rescue former striker Lars Veldwijk from Nottingham Forest nightmare

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Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk was prolific under Brentford new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen at Excelsior.

Brentford boss Marinus Dijkhuizen could look at recruiting Lars Veldwijk from Nottingham Forest this summer in a bid to help him kick-start his career in England.

As reported by the BBC, the former Excelsior boss has been confirmed as the new Brentford head coach, replacing the popular Mark Warburton, who left at the end of the season despite reaching the play-offs.

The Dutchman has inherited a good squad left behind by Warburton, but will be working hard with the rest of the Brentford staff to put the finishing touches on it in order to finish the job next season and reach the Premier League.

Why would Veldwijk be a good signing for Brentford this summer?

One of the strikers the new Bees boss may want to have on board for next season could well be Forest flop Veldwijk, who scored 17 goals in 16 games for him when manager of Excelsior between January 2014 and May 2014.

The 6ft 5in striker signed for the Reds last season for an undisclosed fee, as reported by the BBC, but has failed to live up to the initial hype.

He was yet to score a goal in England, after going 14 appearances without hitting the back of the net, but could argue that he hasn’t been given a proper chance either under Stuart Pearce or more recently Dougie Freedman.

Dijkhuizen has the advantage of working with him before, knowing how to get the most out of him and playing him to his strengths. If he can sort out a similar arrangement to the one he had at Excelsior, it would certainly be worth the Brentford boss getting in touch with his former star man.

The big forward could act as a perfect partner for Andre Gray as the Bees look to once against achieve a top six finish. 

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