The Bees Blog’s Carl Massey makes his first contribution to Beesotted with a reflection on the Forshaw saga
So today has finally seen the end of the long running Adam Forshaw transfer saga. Whilst neither club has officially announced the deal, Forshaw is all but a Wigan player and has left Brentford.
When the news first broke of Wigan Athletic’s first bid there was an outcry over the alleged offer and attempts by Whelan and Rosler to unsettle Adam. Let’s be honest, it worked.
Since then there has been a second rejected offer and then today Wigan finally matched the asking price and the deal is all but done.
But a lot has changed since their first derisory offer. Not least the strengthening of our own squad. Jota and Toral have come in to add to the earlier acquisition of Tebar and with it a change in mood amongst fans. There was a lot of anger initially but nearly all of the messages I’ve seen today have been one of “thanks and goodbye” No Brentford fan will tell you that they are pleased to see Adam leave but now we are just a lot more confident of succeeding without him.
For me, today is a watershed moment. Previously we have sold prize assets on the cheap and at awful times. Holdsworth leaving for a pittance and a sub standard replacement brought in. Forster going to Birmingham when we needed him in our own promotion push. DJ Campbell being sold for less than his worth and too late in the day to bring in an equally potent finisher. These last few weeks we’ve done the opposite. Strengthened before selling, brought in quality to replace the hole left and most importantly of all, stood our ground when it came to the fee.
I would like to wish Adam all the best. He is one of, if not the best player I’ve seen at Griffin Park and on occasions worth the entrance fee alone but as Warburton said, we only want players that want to be here. Jota looks pure class, Pritchard electric and Odubajo showed on Saturday how important he will be. So whilst Wigan are getting one hell of a player, we’ve strengthened above and beyond what he would give us.
I’m glad it’s all over and we can move forward. We’ve started the season well and I suspect it’s only going to get better, starting with Fulham in the cup
Up the bees.
Carl also runs his own Brentford blog- The Bees Blog