Brentford fans will be scratching their heads and chewing their knuckles for the rest of today as it is shaping up to be traumatic final day of the transfer window.
Birmingham City, who have already scooped former Bees’ skipper Harlee Dean in a £2m-plus deal, are reportedly hosting both Jota and Maxime Colin at the Blues’ training ground, as Harry Redknapp attempts to spend in the region of £10m more on Griffin Park gems, with Fulham’s offer now no longer being the only one to consider as revealed exclusively on Beesotted yesterday.
Bees fans have grown used to our best players moving on to chase Premier League football, or at least Premier League sized pay packets that BFC cannot compete with, and nobody can dispute that every time it happens, despite sticking on a philosophical hat, it feels like a royal kick in the nads. Surely, if we really are serious about getting to the top flight, we’ll have to buck the trend and start holding on to the very best of the best.
But take one look at the transfer market and the prices being quoted, and the wages being touted, then you start to realise how easy that is to say, but how difficult it is to achieve. Once a players’ head is turned, there’s precious little a club our size can do, especially with a contract in its final year.
I personally consider Jota to be the finest player I’ve ever seen pull on a Brentford shirt, and I will be devastated to see him go, especially when all the player’s assurances of ‘staying unless a top flight club came in’ for him seem to be well meaning tosh.
Harlee (personally again) I’m less bothered about – both parties needed clarity and closure… he was a very good player for Brentford and all fans thank him for helping us on the journey to the Championship, but it was time for him to move on in all probability and I hope he’s happy with the deal to St. Andrews.
Maxime Colin’s departure, unless Brentford intend to bring in new faces, which looks unlikely, even with recent developments, will set alarm bells off – okay, we have made numerous signings during the summer transfer window – but many will be asking how the poor start to the season can be rectified with (possibly) three first team regulars heading for the door.
Who knows how the rest of today will pan out, but one thing is for sure, tonight’s Pride of West London Beesotted Podcast is going to be a lively one.
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