With Sergi Canos set to play his last game for Brentford this Saturday, the Liverpool winger has expressed his gratitude for a fruitful loan spell.
Canos joined the Bees on a season-long loan last summer, joining up with the Championship side as they looked to renew their push for promotion to the Premier League.
Undergoing a change in manager and hit-and-miss form on the pitch, Brentford’s ambitions haven’t quite been matched, but Canos’ performances on the field have provided Dean Smith with a major positive.
The 19-year-old played a key role in last weekend’s 3-0 win at home to Fulham, in his last outing at Griffin Park.
Taking to Twitter after the game, in which he laid on Sam Saunders’ opener, Canos said that Brentford “will always be in my heart.”
“Thanks for everything. What a year has been for me,” he wrote, praising Brentford and their supporters for their backing throughout a positive 2015/16 campaign.
Canos’ contribution against the Cottagers brought his season’s tally up to six goals and four assists in 37 Championship games, playing a hand in a goal every 160 minutes on average.
Canos was one of few players left with their loan clubs as Jurgen Klopp prompted a mass recall in January, with the likes of Sheyi Ojo and Danny Ward returning to Merseyside to bolster the German’s injury-hit squad.
While Ojo and Ward both started in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat away to Swansea City, Canos’ weekend exploits extolled the virtues of a well-placed loan.
The Spaniard is set to return to Liverpool for pre-season, and could set his sights on a place in Klopp’s first-team squad.
Speaking after Saturday’s win over Fulham, Smith backed Canos to make an impact at Liverpool, emulating the influence of Dele Alli at Tottenham Hotspur this season.
“We give [Liverpool] regular reports and they’re here as well, and they’re really pleased with him,” the Brentford manager told getwestlondon.
“You have to be exceptionally tough to play at Premier League level. Look at Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney and young lads who have gone in there early.
“So it all depends on how he does [at Liverpool in] pre-season [if he gets in the first team].”
Buoyed by Klopp’s faith in youth, Canos can return to Liverpool this summer hopeful of playing a part in the near future.
After a successful spell with Brentford, the winger is deserving of a chance.