Brentford boss Thomas Frank added to the uncertainty around star striker Said Benrahma by refusing to confirm whether the Algerian will remain with the club beyond the end of the transfer window. 

The 25-year-old, who scored 17 goals in the Championship last season, is in-demand with the likes of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace linked with his transfer but no such move has yet materialised with the domestic transfer window due to end on October 16. 

Benrahma did though make his first appearance of the season for The Bees in Brentford’s 1-1 draw with Millwall on Saturday, coming on in the 73rd minute and almost crafting his side’s winner when his pinpoint cross nearly found Ivan Toney in the box. 

“It was good to see Said on the pitch,” Frank said.  

“He has been working hard and he came close to deciding the game. It was a top cross from him. He was inches away from hitting Ivan’s head and then it was a goal. 

“If he’s still here when the window closes, I’m more than happy to have one of the best offensive players in the division.” 

Toney had already made his mark on the contest earlier when he equalised at The Den from the penalty spot midway through the first half. 

That was after the hosts had taken the lead in the fourth minute thanks to Jed Wallace’s header – and Millwall came closest to finding a winner with Mahlon Romeo hitting the post as the Lions remain unbeaten in the Championship. 

While finding fault with his side’s end product, Frank was keen to highlight that Brentford had been in a tough contest with resolute opposition. 

He added: “We could have won it but I think it was a fairly even game overall. 

“Millwall will create a lot of problems for a lot of teams, as they work extremely hard and want to play. 

“I think Millwall will definitely be up there and around the top six because they are a good team and they did well. 

“We had maybe more chances, and a few opportunities where we lacked the final pass, touch or decision on the ball. 

“There were moments where we should have taken our chances. There were so many small transitions where we could have created a bigger chance with a nice pass or a better touch. 

“It was okay without hitting a top performance level. What I liked was the work ethic, what we lacked today was the top quality on the ball with the right movement and right decisions.”