Tarky – Our new Bjelland

16 Jan

Oh, the irony. A game featuring Joey Barton in which the former QPR man was only the second biggest w*nker on show. Burnley beating Brentford 3-1 (and well played on that front – seriously) was but the mere sideshow as former Bee James Tarkowski gave his very best demonstration of how to lose friends and alienate people.

What a colossal wand. His pre-match hissy fit and refusal to play against the club so publically courting him have instantly graduated the player formally known as ‘Tarks’ to Martin Rowlands levels of popularity.Never have I known such anger, frustration and incredulation amongst the Griffin Park faithful. It was disappointment on a level approaching a post match article about the development squad.

For a player under contract, and whom we have turned down a bid for, to then refuse to play smacks whole heartedly of the last time he has pulled on the red and white.

To be honest, having taken things to that level he probably doesn’t give a monkey anyway. With agents pouring money and sweet nothings into his ear, along with the prospect of a move North, offending his employers and supporters was probably the least of his concerns.

Well, James. This one’s for you. Call me Kevin Keegan but I tell you this. I’d love it. I’d absolutely love it if Mr. Benham leaves you to rot in the reserves. You’re under contract and so we don’t, actually, have to sell you.

Sure, the lorry load of cash that Sean Dyche will now have to drive up to Griffin Park would be nice, but sometimes principals are the better part of valour. You’ll never be able to play for Brentford again, that’s for sure.

I just hope Matthew is in a position where he can really tell you to do one. Five months of doing laps around the youth team training pitch would be a wonderful return for this complete slap in the face to those supporters – young and old – whose shirts bear your name.

The game tonight went to the deserved team. Burnley produced three class goals and, being honest, we were lucky that’s all it was. Brentford put in a complete first half no show as the visitors were allowed to run riot. How Andre Gray didn’t join the scorers (or The Bees were able to contain it to just three) we’ll never know. Yet Alan Judge’s goal, early in the second half, raised the roof and gave us hope that the impossible may just happen.

Sadly, it wasn’t to be. Whilst the follow up display was as good as the first half was bad, by that point we’d already been fatally holed below the waterline. The play-offs now look nothing more than a wistful flight of fancy whilst, with a fifteen point gap, relegation is surely too impossible to comprehend.

Instead, it simply remains to hope we hang on to all our transfer targets and eventually choose, under our terms, to sell Tarkowski to Wigan Athletic or some other such Northern non-entity.

Again, well played Burnley. You thoroughly deserved your win and no amount of Tarkowski related frustration will change that.

The alternate post-match exit music of Jessie J and her chart topping ‘Price Tag’ single was a very telling choice. Lyrics of “It’s not about the money, money, money. We don’t need your money, money, money,” were, I am sure, anything but coincidence.

As for the Bees, the next few days are going to make very interesting viewing indeed.

Tarkowski post Bristol City

Tarks – picture taken months ago rather than last night

Nick Bruzon


11 Responses to “Tarky – Our new Bjelland”

  1. paul greenstine January 16, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Joey Barton was the best player on the park FULL STOP best player we have a great capture for free,trust me The Claret faithful love him.Tarkowski showed Brentford great disrespect and I would let him rot if I were Dean Smith

  2. Rob January 16, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Hi Nick. Appalling behaviour from he who cannot be named. So massively unprofessional, not to mention letting your team mates down (i understand they were pretty angry before the kickoff and the display showed that). I was watching the game with my old man and his mate, both life long Bees, Tarkowski; don’t even let him train with the reserves. Why should he be able to train at all in our setup at any level? I tend to agree. And if you were a manager of a football club and you saw this sort of behaviour from a prospective player, would you sign him? I’d immediately thunk; disruptive influence.
    In stark contrast, you had Toums and Judge made an effort, both consumate professionals. I think it’s clear that if Judge goes, we can forget this season in a hurry such is our reliance on him.
    Shame that so many bizarre things like this happen to our club

  3. John January 16, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Hi Nick, what on earth is going on!

    I left the ground at Reading thinking we have a team well worthy of a top six finish.

    Having read so many articles, by May we are likely to not have traitor, Dean, Judge, diarouga, swift on loan to go? Button to go? Cantos on loan will go.

    I know replacements can be found but all I am hearing is players leaving or possibly leaving…no targets of our own??

    Of course…4 million + 8 million etc, would be nice, on top of gray’s money, but just when the club is on the up….as was the position last February….we look like all the hard work is going to be thrown away.

    We can be as big as Watford…but unless we keep our players this will never happen.

    Chance after chance are being created but Vibe to scapegoat and Hoffman to a lesser extent are not putting them in. We need a striker with experience either in this division or perm to achieve this. It seems strange to say about goals as we have scored so many, but we could have had so many more. If only Bjelland had remained fit, although is he that good based on the signings made by our 2 month manager?!

    I guess by Preston things will be a little clearer.

    • Rob January 17, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Got to remember, Marinus may well have had no say in Bjelland such was / is the structure of the club.Might well be a Rasmussen signing given his Danish connections

      • nickbruzon January 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

        Ah – Rasmus. Fast becoming the pantomime villain in the whole piece

    • nickbruzon January 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      John – one can only hope. I don’t think things will be any clearer until that accursed transfer window slams shut.

      The only thing we can safely bet on is that Tarkowski won’t be playing for us again.

  4. Phil January 16, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    I fully understand your frustration with what your boy has done. As a Burnley fan I know I wouldn’t be happy if the boot was on the other foot and it does make you question the judgement of a player you think might be pictured holding up our shirt at some point over the next 2 weeks.

    But I have to take you up on one point – nobody can have any criticism of the way of club go about our business. We don’t publicly name any transfer targets, Dyche never talks about them. That’s the way it should be.
    To say that we have “so publicly courted” the player is wrong. It was Brentford’s prerogative to make news of both of our offers public. Burnley have said nothing either time. I understand that’s your tactic to try and spark a bidding war but doing your business in the public is your choice.

    Blame the agent. Blame the lad being misguided or misadvised. The reality is we don’t know what has been said behind the scenes.
    But I can’t see how you can blame Burnley and our attempt to try and do business in private.

  5. Stav January 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    As a Burnley supporter I wouldn’t want him after behaving like that. Totally unprofessional behaviour and I’d be surprised if Dyche would want a character like that in the dressing room. I thought Brentford fought well in the second half considering being 3 down and with all this going on behind the scenes.

    • nickbruzon January 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

      Cheers Stav. No excuses about last night though. Burnley fully deserved it on the first half showing alone , regardless of what else was going on

      • Rob January 17, 2016 at 11:36 am #

        They did indeed…BUT….that was never a free kick! What a free kick though. Let’s sign their dead ball expert;)

      • nickbruzon January 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

        Got to love a dead ball coach

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