John Swift Signs Extension
John Swift has had his loan deal from Chelsea extended until January 3rd.
The youngster, who has played 4 matches – scoring one goal against Charlton – has had glowing reviews for his application and attitude since arriving.
Interestingly, Swift is one of a number of Brentford players not ‘tainted’ by the stats argument – being traditionally scouted by the Brentford scouting network alongside Sergo Canos. Under the radar, Brentford has been working hard over the past few months building up relationships with the academies of a number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Liverpool.
Brentford gear up for QPR match
Bees fans will be hopeful that the choice of referee will be a good luck omen for them on Friday night as they line up against Fulham in the Pride of West London Derby.
The last time the Bees had refereed Simon Hooper as referee, he presided over the Bees’ 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
A few weeks back, Bees fans were nervous as to whether the Bees would be able to hold their own against their West London Rivals. But an injection of confidence and organisation from caretaker manager Lee Carsley has fired up Bees players for this game.
Harlee Dean, who celebrated 150 games for the Bees in the 3-0 victory at Charlton, has made it very clear how important this game is for Brentford players – seeing himself as a big game player.
“Lee (Carsley) has drummed that in this week as has Peter Gilham. We’ll drum the importance in tomorrow but I imagine when they see the atmosphere in the stadium they’ll know it’s a big game and that it’s go-time as they say”
“When I made the mistake against Fulham I wanted the ground to swallow me up but then I made the difference and got the goal. Some people are big-game players and I’d like to see myself as one.”
The police have given a thumbs up to a “Open for all fans” pub policy for the Derby – read where you can drink pre-match here.
Check out the Pride of West London Podcast for more QPR match discussion including an interview with Clive Whittingham form QPR blog Loft for Words
Sergi Canos turns down Spain U19’s to fight for Bees place
Sergi Canos has been selected to attend a training camp for Spain U19s this week. However, the Liverpool loanee politely turned the invite down to ensure that he was in competition to fight for a place against QPR.
From day one, Canos has showed an attitude which will undoubtedly get him far – endearing himself to both fans and coaching staff with his ‘never say die’ 100% commitment to Brentford.
There are a number of players who come to us on loan and also who we send out on loan could look and learn an lot from our potty-for-it continental friend.
Lewis McLeod is Back
Lewis McLeod is back – scoring a peach of a goal in the Brentford U21 win against Bristol City on Monday night.
Will he make an appearance on the bench against QPR now that is the question?
Alan Judge called up to the Republic of Ireland Squad
Alan Judge has once again been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their playoff matches against Bosnia.
Hopefully, Judge will finally get some game-time for The Boys in Green after excelling for the Bees over the past month.
Premier League swoop for Bees players?
Rumours have been flying around linking Alan Judge to Swansea, Leicester and Bournemouth and Toumani Diagouraga is once again being linked to Glasgow Rangers.
Whereas we normally try and ignore such gossip until it becomes more fact, it’s a sign that Brentford must be back if our players are being linked to relatively successful clubs.
Seattle Sounders visit Brentford and Bayern Munich
MLS team Sounders FC have taken a trip to London to visit both Bayern Munich and Brentford academy in an effort to continue the holistic improvement of the youth system at the club.
They recognised Brentford’s success in building an academy from scratch and they exchanged stories about developing players and building an academy from the ground up.
Sounders FC visited Brentford because they recognised that, despite being one of the smaller clubs in England’s capital, they have been very successful in competing with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in recruiting top young players.