Jota to Birmingham. Dean to Birmingham. Colin to Birmingham. We knew it was too good to last.
The front end of the transfer window had Bees fans buzzing for the season. Highly rated Ollie Watkins. The lively Neal Maupay. Midfield general Kamo Mokotjo were just a few of the signings for Brentford earlier in the window.
But there was always going to be some disappointment with players not signing new contacts. And when Jota was spotted down at Fulham’s training ground a few days before deadline day, Bees fans feared the worst.
As it happened, that deal came to nothing as it seems like it was a ploy to get Harry Redknapp active – much to Fulham’s anger – as within 24 hours Redknapp had bid for Jota, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin to add to his ranks at Birmingham City.
Brentford fans were in uproar. How could we sell our players to our closest rivals?
The Beesotted crew assembled at The Cross Keys pub in Stamford Brook to discuss the #DeadlineDay fallout.
In the pub:
Edwood the Headwood
Robin Hood (the Bee)
6m 34 sec – Jota. How gutting was Jota’s move from Brentford. Did the club do all they could to keep him? What happened his supposed Premier League move? Who spotted him at Fulham’s training ground? Why were the Fulham recruitment team fuming when they found out they didn’t get the player? How could Birmingham afford to play a player £40k a week in our league? Will Brentford be weaker without him.
37m 07 sec – Harlee Dean. Could Brentford have averted this sale? Will Brentford be weaker without him? How much of a downer will this be on the design room? Do Brentford have a natural leader to take over the captaincy? Who will the Centre Back combination now be?
1h 04m 34 sec – Maxim Colin. How big a blow is this for the Bees. Did we have to sell him (still not confirmed by the club) as his contract was until 2019? Did he have a buy-out clause? Will Dalsgaard step up to the plate or are we weak in this area?
1h 28 m 21 sec – Beesotted crew general deadline day stuff. Were Brentford wrong to sell key players to a rival? Will these transfers scupper Brentford’s Top 6 aim? Our best players leave at the first opportunity. Does this prove that Brentford are unable to compete financially in the Championship marketplace? Many fans were predicting playoffs this season (including us). Do fans have to reassess where they see the club in this division?
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