A few days ago Beesotted decided to embark on a bit of New Years fun. A non-scientific simple twitter poll to gauge people’s thoughts on a number of Brentford issues.
And some of the answers were interesting to say the least.
When asked where they felt Brentford needed to strengthen, 54% said attack – despite Brentford being the highest scorers in the league (albeit midfielder Alan Judge being top scorer) – and 34% felt we needed to tighten the defence.
The best moment was billed as ‘Jota in the last minute’ at Fulham although we now realise that having scored TWO goals in the last minute at Fulham, there may have been some confusion.
Whereas the worst Brentford moment by quite a stretch was Warburton-gate – the moment that the world found out that Mark Warburton would be leaving Brentford and all the shenanigans that went on around it.
Ryan Woods was voted as Brentford’s best permanent signing by quite a way (67%) with Maxime Colin (who has hardly played) next at 26%. Whereas Alex Pritchard was seen as Brentford’s best loan signing by a mile (81%) followed by Sergi Canos (15%).
Brentford’s player of the season was deemed to be Alan Judge followed by Jota – both of who ironically may not be at Griffin Park at the end of the transfer window if the transfer activity around them is true.
The most improved player was voted as Diagouraga with Nico Yennaris hot on his shirt tails.
Andre Gray proved to be marmite – with Bees fans most wanting him to stay out of the players that left in the summer – Odubajo, Dallas and Douglas. On the other hand, he was also the player who fans said they were also least bothered about leaving followed by Jonathon Douglas.
So a bit of split personality there.
Charlton away last season was the worst moment – days after Warburton-gate and a woeful display prompted in-fighting on the terraces as a struggling Charlton side banged three goals past the Bees with no reply.
Ironically Alan Judge was voted by far the most likely to leave the club in 2016 followed by Tarkowski and Jota. Whereas Peter Gilham topped the poll for person least likely to leave this year. This was discusses in the Phil Giles interview Beesotted podcast (below)
Josh Clarke, back from his loan spell at Barnet, topped the poll for most promising youngster.
We had a bit of fun asking which Brentford player Chuba Akpom should NOT pick a fight with. Anyone who has had their ear to the ground would know the inside scoop on this so no more need be said.
We also asked which embarrassing Brentford soundbite fans used to hate that now makes them chuckle – with #BigNewAmbitions beating of “BENHAM OUT” to the title by a hop and skip.
Overall most fans were fairly confident the Bees would do well this season – finishing just outside the playoffs (between 7th and 12th) with a fair few also feeling we would sneak into the end of season tussle (there were some ‘relegation fodder’ votes that snuck in there but we have a sneaking feeling some that was some Fulham fans who found the password to their parent’s iPad).