Quietest window in years still sees plenty of action – mostly off pitch with ‘that’ video.

1 Feb

It was less a case of the transfer window slamming shut (TM) and more one of it sliding gently to an imperceptible close. With Brentford concluding first team business once Chris Mepham had departed for Bournemouth last week, there was only the addition of B team striker Gustav Mogensen  from AGF Aarhus as the quietest deadline day since record began – probably – passed by with barely a flutter at Griffin Park. Albeit Nico Yennaris is as done a done deal as an unpublished deal can be – certainly going by Twitter rather than ‘official’. Dean Smith kept the Aston Villa cheque book under wraps as there was no last minute sortie for Neal, Romaine et al. And the video of the year has already been published – a quite wonderful riposte to those Birmingham City and Leeds United fans still moaning at the Bees. Yes. It WAS a penalty. And yes – it was an even ballsier reaction from Neal Maupay.

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First up, deadline day. The squad remains largely intact. Great news for a team with the opportunity to embark on a quite wonderful FA Cup run and push for a fifth successive top ten finish in the Championship. Or beyond? What it means for the summer window  is another question of course but with our last full season at Griffin Park approaching, a push for the top ahead of the move to Lionel Road must be in the thinking.

The only real headlines about the in-door swinging, Gustav aside, were made with the announcement of our new chief executive Jon Varney. As one Braemar Road observer noted, “At least they didn’t troll us with an ‘incoming‘ message on Twitter. You can get the full facts on Jon, here.

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Our new CEO

For now though, we know who will be on pitch at Brentford. There was no late swoop from Aston Villa or, if there had been, it was repelled with barely a whisper. Fan favourite Neal Maupay remains a Bee which is wonderful news. The progression he has shown this season has been quite magnificent. There are the goals, of course, but also the passion and the balls. Finally, a penalty taker who doesn’t choke when looking into the eyes of the goalkeeper.

But then his reaction after scoring at Leeds United shows you all you need to know about his mentality and his guts. Sure, perhaps things can spill over at times but this young man is still only 22 years old. More games and more experience will help control that. Possibly. Although at the end of the day, Clive, who wants a neutered lion?

The one thing you can be sure of is that at one point Neal will move on. That’s football. That’s the Brentford model. If nothing else, the ‘one club player’ is about as rare as unicorn poo these days. Hopefully his eventual departure will be later rather than sooner, with The Bees firmly ensconced in the top flight and our name inscribed on the FA Cup.

Could his long term replacement have already arrived? Brentford official describe 17 year old Gustav as “An impressively tall and imposing front man for a player of his age, Gustav is a member of the Denmark Under-18 national team, following in the footsteps of fellow B Team players Nikolaj Kirk, Mads Bech Sorensen and Luka Racic.” He has an impressive tally of U-16 and U-19 appearances already notched into his metaphorical bedpost. You can read that one in full on ‘official’ .

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Unicorn poop – rare

The list of those who did exit was published last night and contained five names: Alan Judge (Ipswich), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Ryan Woods (Stoke City), Josh Clarke (Burton Albion – loan) and Reece Cole (Macclesfield Town – loan). Missing from that group was Nico Yennaris, who published his own farewell message on social media aswell as updating his own profile picture to show him now signed for Chinese super league club Beijing Guoan.

He told supporters: “I would like to say a big thank you to @BrentfordFC and all the staff for the last 5 years. It’s a special club with amazing fans and I’ve enjoyed every minute. So many great memories with the Club which will stay with me forever. Good luck for the rest of the season” .

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As Matthew Benham responded with a simple “Best of luck Nico, thanks for everything” rather than any comment about him still being signed at Griffin Park, this one would seem to merely be waiting for ‘official’ to swing into action. Quite probably with a showreel of blockbuster goals. Fingers crossed that comes soon. If nothing else the piledriver at Birmingham City can’t be seen enough times.

And finally, ‘that’ video. The Barnet game seems to have stirred up our divisional rivals a tad. With Leeds United fans still moaning about our penalty  and performance back in October,  supporter Tom Ritchie has put this incredible compilation together. It really is a work of art.

Whilst the Bees are still better placed than holier-than-thou Leeds United and Birmingham City in the divisional fairplay table, who doesn’t love it when we get our claws out. Rules are there to be broken every now and then. Aren’t they…?

Nick Bruzon

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8 Responses to “Quietest window in years still sees plenty of action – mostly off pitch with ‘that’ video.”

  1. Eddie the last waltz Gray February 1, 2019 at 7:29 am #

    Need Bielsa’s binoculars to see you that far down the table! Clearly not cheating enough to prosper.

    • nickbruzon February 1, 2019 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks. See you next season 🙂

      • Andrew Wrigg February 1, 2019 at 8:51 am #

        Sorry can’t see Leeds getting relegated.

      • saintsman February 1, 2019 at 9:08 am #

        You’ll see LU next season alright – Sky will make sure of that 🙂

  2. Brighton Bee February 1, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Leeds United – didn’t they used to be famous? Anyway and more importantly, I was slightly disappointed that Bees didn’t sign a couple of players in the latest transfer window. I still think we need another hardened midfield player and a second goalscorer. The DofF either think we have the resources available in the B Team or they and the Club have decided that we cannot challenge for anything this season, so with a new ground to pay for etc we will consolidate in this league – again!
    I know we have come a long way in the last few years but it seems that the management believe that we cannot go to the next level until we move to the new ground and generate more income. This is slightly bemusing when we have collected several millions for the players we let go in this window plus a Brucie Bonus sell on from Will Griggs transfer to Sunderland. I worry that the good players we still have will become frustrated that we can’t hold onto our key resources to take us to the play offs and beyond.

  3. Rob February 1, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    Roofe blatant hand ball cheating against Forest

    • hobbo February 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Trouble is their heads are so far up their own bums Rob, and full of their own importance, they cant, or dont want to see their own cheating and diving misdemeanors, they have always been a detested and one of a bunch of holier than thou ex top flight moaners. Appears we now want to join the club ?

  4. Wightbee February 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    Heard the one about stones and glass houses!

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