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Premier League Cup final: Three key Brentford players

7 May 2023
Brentford Bs Alex Gilbert (credit: Mark D Fuller)

Ahead of their final against Blackburn Rovers, a closer look at three Bees who could star

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Ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League Cup final between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at the former's Gtech Community Stadium on 9 May, 19:45 BST kck-off, we look at three players who have been key to the Bees' progress to a potential first Premier League youth trophy.

Alex Gilbert

The forward (pictured above) joined Brentford B after a successful trial in September 2020, impressing in a number of pre-season fixtures.

The Irishman rose through the youth ranks with West Bromwich Albion to break into the Under-18 set-up. 

The 21-year-old scored two goals in the final fixture at Griffin Park while on trial, the second a stunning effort from outside the box.

Gilbert made his first-team debut in January 2021 in the Emirates FA Cup against Middlesbrough and became captain of the B team at the start of the 2022/23 season. He is the Bees' top goalscorer in the Premier League Cup, with eight goals.

Michael Olakigbe

Joined in the summer of 2022 from Fulham.

An England international at youth level, the 19-year-old was part of the Fulham youth set-up since 2018, featuring in the Under-18 and Under-23 sides. In the 2021/22 Under-18 PL season he made 22 appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists.

Olakigbe has become a key player for Brentford this season and look out for his pace out wide.

Ryan Trevitt

Signed for Brentford in January 2021 after a trial, scoring in his first game in a 1-0 win over Aldershot Town and also against Maidenhead United and Huddersfield Town B while on trial.

He made his first-team debut against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup in August 2022 in a 2-0 win. He also featured in the Emirates FA Cup against West Ham United.

Photo credit: Mark D Fuller (OBFC pics)

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