Kristoffer Ajer has lauded his transfer from Celtic to Brentford this summer as a dream and acknowledges the increased challenge the move presents, while speaking with VG.
The Norway international completed a £13.5m move to Brentford in July after five-years at Parkhead. He made 176 appearances with the Hoops across all competitions, but sought a move away to test himself more regularly.
Ajer has started all three available Premier League fixtures under coach Thomas Frank since joining the Bees. The west London outfit are also unbeaten and have conceded once since moving up to the top-flight as Championship play-off winners, including beating Arsenal.
Before leaving Celtic, Norway manager Stale Solbakken had urged Ajer to consider joining a team in a more competitive division. The national team boss claimed the Premiership did not offer him enough challenges on a regular basis. Which Ajer believes was also the case.
“I think it is natural when you play a little too many matches at a level that is not high enough [that you can get into some bad habits],” Ajer said. “I have incredible respect for the Scottish league, there are many great teams there.
“But there will be a little too many matches where I am not challenged enough. I will definitely be in the Premier League. So, I probably think the Premier League is not possible [for Solbakken] to complain about.”
Ajer also praises the level of detail Brentford dive into with their opponents compared to Celtic.
“It has been a dream transfer for me,” Ajer added. “It is a fantastic club that analyses everything to the letter. You know absolutely everything about the opponent before you start the match. I live in a great city, enjoy myself and enjoy life.”
Ajer with parting shot at Celtic following Brentford transfer?
Ajer seems to have delivered a parting shot at his former side’s expense in comparing the detail Brentford give to their opponents to Celtic. Suggesting the Hoops did not offer him enough material to best prepare himself for matches during his time at Parkhead.
Frank and his coaching staff’s work certainly helped Ajer deliver a promising Bees debut at home to Arsenal. The defender was solid throughout and looked comfortable on the ball. He delivered another solid display against Crystal Palace, too, and continued his smooth transition against Aston Villa. Tackling games with a no-nonsense approach like with Celtic.
The Hoops, meanwhile, are still coming to terms with Ange Postecoglou’s system following their change in manager. Taking two wins and two defeats from four Premiership fixtures under the Australian, to trail top-spot by four points.