When a team loses their top goalscorer on transfer deadline day, it usually results in a steady decline. However, Brentford have bucked this trend and are flourishing since the departure of Scott Hogan.
Brentford are the fifth highest scorers in the Championship
After his big money move to Aston Villa in January, Brentford fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when envisaging the end to their season. However, the squad have more than surpassed expectations with their performances in front of goal.
After their thrilling 5-3 victory at Burton Albion, Brentford have now taken their total goals tally to 60 for the season. This makes them the fifth highest scorers in the division.
Dean Smith's men find themselves in 14th place and are in a good position to finish the season strongly. They sit just one point behind Villa who occupy the final spot in the top half of the table. When Hogan left the Bees, they were 15th in the league and just eight points above the relegation zone.
Hogan, who started his career at Rochdale, had scored 14 goals in his 25 games and according to Sky Sports was close to a move to West Ham United before the move to Villa Park.
Scott Hogan celebrates scoring for Brentford
If Brentford fans needed any further proof that their side is more than coping with the loss of their once talismanic striker then they need look no further than the stats below:
30 goals in 13 league games without Hogan: 2.30 goals average
32 goals in 25 league games with Hogan: 1.28 goals average
Since the departure of Hogan, Brentford have shined in the face of adversity and their exploits in front of goal are not going unnoticed. If Smith can reinvest the substantial transfer fee received from the deal wisely then the Bees may pack more than just a sting in the Championship next season.
Brentford Manager Dean Smith will be pleased with his side's ruthless streak in front of goal