When news filtered through that Liverpool had allowed youngster Sergi Canos to extend his loan spell with Championship side Brentford FC for the rest of the season, there were few people happier than Bees boss Dean Smith, but after the Spaniard bagged a miraculous solo goal to edge out Reading yesterday, he’s brought a smile to the faces of more than just those who frequent Griffin Park.
“I have been really pleased with Sergi and he has been progressing really well,” said the Brentford head coach after securing the winger’s services for the remainder of the campaign. “Even though he is only 18-years-old, he has quite an old head on young shoulders. He wants to learn and he wants to get better. He is enjoying himself here and he gives us something that we haven’t really got in terms of his direct running and enthusiasm,” explained Smith. “It is encouraging to have a player like Sergi here for the rest of the season.”
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Although he’s not quite ready for prime-time quite yet, Canos will have certainly have Reds boss Jurgen Klopp cracking that famous smile when he gets a load of the Spaniard’s skill. Right in the mix for a play-off spot, Brentford kept their promotion push alive with the 18-year old bagging the winner at the Madejski Stadium; controlling a cross-field pass with the deftest of touches by flicking the ball over the head of Royals midfielder Stephen Quinn, the Spain starlet then bamboozled the on-rushing Michael Hector with a similar bit of skill before finishing with a thumping half-volley past a helpless Jonathan Bond.
“I can’t believe the goal,” Canos told Brentford’s official website following the final whistle. “It wasn’t me. I am so happy with the goal because it was to celebrate my loan extension. It was a big three points and the team needed the three points,” enthused the 18-year old before hinting that he’s looking forward to having a bright future for with the Reds. “Dean Smith is always talking about what is next. I want to enjoy the present but everything is about what is coming next.”