The addition of two, quality loanees to the Brentford squad has hopefully given manager Uwe Rosler the strength in depth he feels is needed to help propel Brentford over the promotion finish line this season, but has it also caused him some awkward selection headaches?
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Leon Moore certainly haven’t agreed to drop down a level to just make up the numbers, which means some regular starters are, I’m sure, keen to see how the new signings affect them personally.
Who will make way for Leicester’s England under-21, Moore? The Foxes boss, Nigel Pearson, has stated that he has let Brentford borrow their man so he can get some more games under his belt, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a ‘minimum minute’ clause in his contract as we saw with Niall McGinn last season. Will that mean Shaleum Logan (harshly) warms the bench tomorrow? Surely it won’t be Harlee Dean, Tony ‘two Christian names’ Craig or Jake Bidwell who are shuffled… or will Moore have to sit and wait for his number to be held up before he gets his first start?
Up front it is slightly more clear-cut – we assume – with the wasteful Paul Hayes and super-sub Marcello Trotta watching on from the sidelines, while Wright-Phillips starts along with Clayton Donaldson and feeding off of Forrester, Adeyami, Forshaw and Douglas. The rotation of Diagouraga, Saunders, Kiernan, Dallas and Reeves in various midfield combinations will also be key, but we just hope that too much meddling doesn’t affect stability.
Brentford’s best form of the campaign so far, in the build up to Christmas, coincided with a time when the team appeaed to pick itself, with a home formation and an away set-up, in fact you could argue that Rosler has sometimes struggled to know his best side when there’s been a wealth of talent to choose from.
The visit of Walsall, however, is eagerly anticipated by the supporters, who are keen to see the Bees not only get build upon the Stevenage victory last time out, but grasp the promotion baton that seems to have been dropped by several of our challengers in recent weeks. Beesotted’s prediction is a 4-1 Brentford win with BW-P scoring at least one of them.