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Thomas Frank on why the Bees are making Super Eagles star the club’s first Premier League signing

Brentford FC have competed the signing of Nigerian international midfielder Frank Onyeka from Danish side FC Midtjylland on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Onyeka is the Bees first Premier League signing, following the club’s promotion last season to the highest tier of English football.

An FC Ebedei academy product, Onyeka moved to Denmark as a teenager to join Midtjylland and was a key member of the Danish club’s Superliga-winning side in 2018 and 2020. The Super Eagles star also won the Danish Cup in 2019.

Predominantly deployed as a defensive midfielder in Denmark, Onyeka can operate as a box-to-box dynamo and it is this ability that Brentford manager Thomas Frank is banking on to help the Bees retain their Premier League status come the end of the 2021/22 season.

“I am looking forward to getting Frank in the building,” the Bees head coach told the club’s official website.

“We think he is a strong addition to the squad, and we are looking forward to working with him. He is a very dynamic player.

“Frank plays as an eight in our system, he is very good at getting from box to box and will be valuable to us when we don’t have the ball.

“He has come from the Danish league and was one of the best midfield players in that league, we think he has the potential to develop further. All the coaches here are looking forward to working with Frank and pushing him to a higher level.”

Onyeka scored 17 goals in 123 appearances for Midtjylland in his six-year stay at the club.

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