Avante Levante – Bees Linked With Spanish Winger & Loan News
Without any significant football action to enjoy during the close season, bar a couple of quickly-forgettable England internationals and a handful of (move positive) England youth performances, its been a pretty uneventful couple of months as we count down the weeks until the new season starts over.
To date, the transfer market has been particularly slow, with Brentford certainly not bucking that global summer trend since defender Henrik Dalsgaard (Zulte Waregem) and goalie Luke Daniels (Scunthorpe) joined in May – a few B team squad signings in the shape of Ali Coote, the midfielder from Dundee United, and striker Marcus Forss from West Brom, look impressive prospects in the medium term admittedly – however we still await the ‘one or two’ more first team signings to replace those who have flown the hive, whether on loan, or permanently, or players to add real quality in key positions.
It is hardly a secret that the club are in the market for a defensive midfield ‘enforcer’ to take over the guv’nor role vacated by Macca’s (Alan McCormack) departure to Luton Town, and it would appear, by recent comments in the local press at least, that Ryan Woods is not seen as that man by Dean Smith, despite some solid performances sitting in front of the defence. It’ll be interesting to see where Woodsy is played when/if the new man is brought in – after all Woods has got to be a starter, surely?
“What about a striker” we all cry as one! From what we understand, the club have several irons in fires on this front but, as always, the Bees will not be dragged into bidding wars, or pay ‘over the odds’… our business model simply doesn’t work that way as we should recognise by now.
The net has been cast over several countries however, with a handful of Spanish-based players catching the eye, although the ideal candidate would no doubt be a home-grown young striker with bags of potential, but with little chance of first team action at his current club. On the last Beesotted Pride of West London Podcast the name of Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) was mentioned, so watch this space.
KK’s (Konstantin Kerschbaumer) loan move to German side Arminia Bielefeld may not have been totally unexpected as the Austrian attacking midfielder, in my view at least, had done enough when he’d been given a regular start, towards the end of the past two campaigns, to warrant more first team minutes – if not for Brentford, then somewhere. Whether he pulls on a Bees shirt again, only time will tell, but I’m sure that if he does well in the second tier of the German league, Brentford stand a good chance of making a profit on a player who was a relatively inexpensive signing. I liked KK, I have to admit, and although some fans’ opinions weren’t for changing after some below par games during his settling in period, he’d come on leaps and bounds and waited patiently for his chance.
Andy Gogia did really well at Dynamo Dresden last season, and there has been some interest in making the move back to Germany permanent (Union Berlin), again, if that is the case BFC will make a profit on the player, if not, we have a flourishing wide player gaining more and more experience in a first team environment who could be recalled toward the back end of his contract. His signing could be a shrewd bit of business when you understand what the player actually cost and his wages.
We wish Jack Bonham the best of luck with his loan move to Carlisle United – the ‘keeper should really benefit from regular starts after spending a few years on the fringes at Griffin Park, and we all hope a successful spell at Brunton Park will get his career well and truly back on track. That leaves Brentford with two experienced goalies (Dan Bentley and Luke Daniels) fighting it our for the number one shirt, plus Ellery Balcombe pushing from the B team after recognition from the England Under-17s during the early summer.
On the rumour mill front, 22-year-old Levante forward, Jason (David Remeseiro Salgueiro), has been mentioned as part of a £1m bid – he looks a decent player with top flight Spanish experience, but it looks like he’s more of a wide man than the number nine we all expect, so that may be a bit of a long shot with some many wing-man options already on the books. Unless, God forbid, Jota is leaving (again)!?!?
We have no updates on Maxime Colin, Lasse Vibe or Andreas Bjelland as yet – and no news is good news as far as I’m concerned – all three are capable of making sure next season is an even better one than last year’s, and with Josh McEachran, Alan Judge and Lewis Macleod recovering from injuries, plus a handful of fresh signings that are bound to be announced before the curtain raiser against Sheffield United at the start of August, fingers crossed we can get off to a good start.
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