Brentford and Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo reveals how he had to adapt in England

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Mokotjo says he misses his family and will take time out to reflect on his 2017/18 season with English Championship side Brentford

South Africa and Brentford FC midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo says he learned to adapt to different playing styles in his maiden campaign in the English Championship.

The midfielder joined Brentford from Dutch Eredivisie outfit, FC Twente, and has provided review of his first campaign at the club as they've just wrapped up the 2017/18 season.

Mokotjo spoke of his roles as an attacking and defensive midfielder, saying he will keep working hard.

His contribution saw the club finish ninth and missing out on the Premier League play-offs by just six points.

“I’ve had to adapt to the pace of the game and the more offensive role that I’ve been playing in midfield,” Mokotjo told the club website.

“Looking back at my first season, I can say it’s a job well done. I’ve become accustomed with my new role; I can play in both a defensive midfield position and more offensive, because I have so much energy in me,” he said.

“I think it’s a win-win situation for myself and the club – they have a player who is very versatile,” he reacted.

Despite gaining fame and praise for his stellar displays, Mokotjo credited his teammates and insisted they will improve as a team in the 2018/19 season.

The 27-year-old added that he is looking forward to spending time with his family in South Africa.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my family back in South Africa and reflecting on my own performances. I want to look back at my games and see the players I have most chemistry with and identify the ones who need more support. I’ll come back a better player,” said Mokotjo.

“I value collective achievements over individual moments. So, the way the team has grown and adapted in a short period of time has been the winner for me,” he explained.

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“A team performance that stands out would be the Birmingham City game. We won 5-0 and everything just came together for us,” he continued.

“We weren’t satisfied with the scoreline despite scoring five goals – we dominated that game. The one-nil victories both home and away showed that we have a lot of character in the group,” said the Bafana international.

“Next season, we have to be more aggressive and turn our weaknesses into strengths – once that happens, the sky is the limit,” he concluded.

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