In July 2017 South African midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo signed a three-year-deal with English championship side Brentford from Dutch side FC Twente, fulfilling his dream of playing in England.
Mokotjo signed for Brentford after establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in Netherlands having made 105 appearances for FC Twente over a period of three years.
The 29-year-old quickly established himself in the West of London becoming an important player, from his first season with Brentford until today he has been doing well for the ‘Bees’.
The midfielder has made a total of 100 appearances for Brentford scoring 6 goals and assisting 7 more goals for his teammates over the three years with the club before getting an injury in January against Leicester City in the third round of the FA cup which took him out for the rest of the season.
Mokotjo’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the current season and there have been no talks of what is going to happen going forward. FARPost looks at the midfielder’s options.
OPTION 1: RENEW CONTRACT.
It remains to be seen whether Brentford will offer Mokotjo a new contract at the club, but considering his contribution over the years one would expect the ‘Bees’ to offer him a new contract. Mokotjo offers a different dynamic than anyone else in the squad and with his experience he can still offer the team much more going forward.
Brentford were close to being guaranteed a promotion play off spot for next season after their great form so far this season took them to the Championship’s top six on the log. With such ambition experience is a key factor in the team which Mokotjo surely offers after being in the division for three years now and providing leadership and stability.
OPTION 2: ACCEPT ANY EPL/CHAMPIONSHIP NEW DEAL.
At 29 Mokotjo is not young anymore and now more than ever is the time for him to assess options that might get him into the English topflight as he is at his prime years in his career. Regardless of whether Brentford does or doesn’t offer him a new deal should there be an offer from a Premier League club the midfielder should take it without hesitation and take the next step in his career.
There are also bigger Championship clubs with much bigger chances of gaining promotion to the Premier League. Clubs like Leeds United, Fulham, West Brom and other big clubs in the second tier offer a better chance of making it to the EPL than Brentford so should any of those come calling Mokotjo should consider it as it would be a step in the right direction.
OPTION 3: MOVE TO ANOTHER TOP FLIGHT LEAGUE.
The scouting network in Europe is much more intertwined than most other continents and the Championship is rated much higher than most top division leagues in Europe like the Eredivisie, Belgian League, Scandinavian Leagues and so on players leave those countries to come play in England’s second division as it is considered to be a level higher.
Many players have moved from the Championship to the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga over the years so with his contract expiring if there is no offer in England moving to any of these top division Leagues would be a good move for Mokotjo.
By Prince Sobayeni