What can you say? James Tarkowski has today (Monday) opened up about his absence from the team against Burnley by issuing a deeply personal statement regarding what is one of the most harrowing of family situations to find one’s self in.
Like many Brentford supporters, when I heard the news this afternoon my immediate reaction was one of both shock and sympathy. Indeed, having been through a similar experience myself in recent weeks my thoughts are only with him at this toughest of times.
Moreso, given the choice of language and words in regards to the news announced just prior to the Burnley game. For that I can only apologise. The subsequent context of today’s statement paints a somewhat different picture of events.
Given the announcements made both before and after that game, followed by a period of radio silence, many fans were upset and angry. Certainly I was and, like other supporters, vented frustration following what we’d been told in both the original club statement and Dean Smith’s post match comments. Equally, like other supporters I know that I’m not alone in now wishing we’d all done things differently.
James’s full statement is on the clubsite. He tells us how in the build up to those events, “I was open and up front about this with the Club, who were sympathetic and said they’d work with me and my agent to try to reach a solution which worked well for the Club whilst giving me the possibility to move to closer to my mum”
Football is an emotive subject. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Given the public support of Jota, I wish the club has just mentioned an ‘injury’ or ‘bug’ rather than the somewhat contradictory sounding talk of disciplinary action, transfer bids, refusal to play and trying to broker a move.
Frankly, it doesn’t really seem to matter anymore.