Yeboah wrote:Funny thing with Brentford, they turnover very little.
Yet they sold a supposed key member of their squad for a shed load of money and then reinvested it in multiple other players to make the team better.
As a consequence they are doing better.....funny that.
Of course, a main rival giving them the best centre half in the league helps.
Brentford have been doing improbably well in the transfer market for years. I think their underlying model is a take on moneyball and not too disimilar to what Barnsley do (badly). They're not alone by any means but they're clearly quite good at it. See also Southampton. I suppose one thing those clubs have in common is a relatively low pressure place to play - all are on the upper edges of what their fans would realistically demand.
It's easy to say Jansson was a bargain at £4.5m or whatever it was in the end but their approach led them to being the team to benefit from it - if other bidders had been in for him, they'd have been after someone else their database said was worth more than the price they were available for. They've been doing it for years. See also Dallas to Leeds for £1.3m in 2015, replaced by Sergi Canos on loan from Liverpool. When Liverpool sold Canos (to Norwich) they weren't in the running because the fee was too big but after 6 months at Norwich they were able to pick him up for a bit less.
They also do something different with their reserves, there's an Athletic article today I've not read about their B team. I think the gist of it is they don't operate in the U23 league but instead have regular friendlies with teams across Europe (the article seemed to be about a recent game against Bordeaux).
Bottom line being that it's fine to sell players when they're at maximum value IF there's a clear succession plan - when have we ever had that? We seemingly weren't prepared to lose 2 loan players the whole footballing world predicted would be recalled 2 months before it happened. I have no idea what possessed them to accept as little as £3m for Sawyers though, can only assume they felt they had a backup almost as good with little value who needed game time.
Speaking of Sawyers for £3m, many of us wanted to see him at Leeds for that money, Ajayi too for £1.5m - both seemed safe bets and have proven to be so, fuck knows how WBA were able to get them so cheap, practically every club in the championship should have been interested.
The U23s programme Radz/Bielsa put in place was supposed to yield results but just seems to result in us selling players for low fees to Barnsley, wonder how much profit they'll make on Wilks if the loan is made permanent?