Is Callum best for the Bees ?

28 Jul

Are Brentford going to announce the loan signing of Leicester City left back Callum Elder today from under the nose of Peterborough ? With Dean Smith having made no secret of his desire to replace Jake Bidwell following our former captain’s departure for QPR, the story is one which has been very widely reported.


Whilst, ordinarily, the rumour mill is one which has been dismissed on these pages (with the exception of crystal ball wielding Beesotted), this season has seen it offered new found respect. That, following the widely predicted triple transfer swoop which saw the Bees boss snap up Romaine Sawyers, John Egan and Daniel Bentley in recent weeks along. Let’s not forget, also, the much touted departure of Jake.

If this latest story also proves correct it will see a long standing vacancy being filled. Left back has always been a position where cover has been, what we’ll politely call, thin. So much so that last season saw previously unknown Tom Field placed from the (then) Development Squad to make a wonderful debut in the 3-0 humping of Fulham.

Whilst Tom looks like he could be a stunning long term prospect, to heap it all on his young shoulders would be an enormous amount of expectation. Nobody can do it all on their own over an entire season – certainly in the outfield positions – let alone a relative newcomer. As such a new signing in this position has been one of the most widely anticipated moves of the summer.

Callum has yet to make his first team debut at Leicester but is already an Australian U-20 aswell as having featured in 18 games loan at Peterborough last campaign. Indeed, The Posh were hoping to retain Callum this time around but, with the player having signed a new contract at the Premier League Champions, director of football Barry Fry would seem to have had his heart broken.

It’s an exciting move for Brentford if the story plays out. Reading the sources, it certainly sounds accurate. This one has quotes and everything. The only thing missing is the description of Callum as a ‘starlet’. Surely de rigeur for any young international prospect? See : Liverpool starlet Sergi Canos.

Sergi Canos v Reading

The former Bee (and Liverpool starlet) will be plying his trade for Norwich

Lets hope that other Leicester rumour currently being suggested – any potential move of Scott Hogan being treated by all and sundry as rubbish  – is equally accurate.

And finally, if you’d like to read more…. No, not the e-book. Infact, the team at Beesotted have just published the first of their season previews. Featuring the thoughts of several bloggers and podcast contributors , it is a light hearted look at the best and worst of 2015/16 along with our aspirations for 2016/17.

You can read that one here.

Nick Bruzon


3 Responses to “Is Callum best for the Bees ?”

  1. RebelBee July 28, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Callum Best sounds decent, he’ll do for me, and that LB spot really does need filling. Let’s get it done and then sign Watkins too if we can – that adds a direct running powerful pacy striker. Just someone to add width and we’re looking peachy.

    Who knows how we’ll go this season, the relative strength of the division must have improved, so standing still is not an option. But the squad has a good look about it, that’s all you can ask tbf.

    I’ll be at Millwall on Saturday, and urge everyone to get over there to pay proper respect to our promotion winning captain Tony Craig. Not to mention the brilliant charity that he is supporting.

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 29, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    I think your analysis is spot on. The signing of Elder would be of great benefit to Tom Field’s development, ensuring we dont ask too much of him too soon, whilst enjoying the benefits of another young prospect this time from the Champions, further enhancing our own reputation for nurturing young talent with the biggest clubs in the country. If the rumours are also to be believed, Herr Klopp also sees us as a club we can trust his top talent to, after the success of Sergi last year and now the exciting possibility of Ojo coming to GP.

  3. RebelBee July 29, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    Getting a bit late in the day for possible new signings to bed in for the trip to Hudds. Here’s hoping a deal or two can be confirmed today

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