Brentford could be this season's dark horses for a play-off push

Lasse Vibe of Brentford celebrates scoring a goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Brentford and Southampton at Griffin Park on July 22, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Brentford could push for promotion this season following a successful transfer window this summer.

Brentford have every right to hold realistic promotion ambitions for the upcoming season. The Bees have made a handful of astute signing this summer as well as being able to keep a hold of their star performers.

Dean Smith's side finished in the top-half of the Championship table last season after a strong end to the 2016/17 campaign. They have had an impressive pre-season and will be hoping to carry this form over to the new season.

Lasse Vibe of Brentford celebrates scoring a goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Brentford and Southampton at Griffin Park on July 22, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Brentford will now be looking to improve on last season's 10th place finish and there is no reason why they cannot make a serious bid for the play-off places.

After securing the signings of exciting talents Ollie Wakins and Neal Maupay, they now have strength in depth up front as well as an enormous amount of unlocked potential to work with.

The Bees have also added to other areas of the squad, with right-back Henrik Dalsgaard, midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo and goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

Most importantly, the club have managed to keep their best players at Griffin Park. The highly-rated Nico Yennaris signed a new four year deal last month and the influential winger Jota, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances, has not made the move to the Premier League that many had anticipated.

The Brentford squad's average age is just 24.7 years old. Whilst it could be viewed that their lack of experience and know-how could prove to be their downfall, this energy and development under Smith could quite easily help propel them into the Championship promotion picture.

Brentford can take inspiration from the exploits of their West London rivals, Fulham, who made the play-offs unexpectedly last season. So expect to see the Bees sting a number of their Championship rivals this coming season.

Jota of Brentford scores the second Brentford goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and QPR at Griffin Park on April 22, 2017 in Brentford, England.

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