I think though it helps to get in and get settled and get playing for a team that suits your game. Doesn't always go like that on loan. No doubt that, as a striker in the Championship, you want to be at Brentford. They're a selling club who play attacking, expansive football and create chances. That is part of the model and it's great for player and club. They wouldn't want to loan a striker they can't sell, then you're sending him to a lesser club who are happy for the loan and maybe he doesn't become the player he is. I get the theory, I just think being farmed out on loan to desperate/poor clubs wouldn't have had the same impact on his career as knowing he is the main man at Peterborough and he can have a life there etc.
A bit harsh on the lad. He's only just 24 now and he's scored 14+ per year for 4 seasons, and surely topping that this year to make it 5 in a row. Obviously that's all competitions I'm talking about, but still. That's decent consistency to start your professional career, and seems it should have been enough potential shown to keep him 'round a bit longer.Captain Obvious wrote: ↑Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:45 pmBut the point is he needed to get a move to get settled, refocus and develop his game. They player we sold has scored 25 goals in 89 League 1 games. He moved to Peterborough and scored 16 goals in League 1 in his first season. That's not that good. But he learned and improved and got 24 last season which earned him a move to Brentford. And he'll continue to get better at Brentford this season and will likely eventually make the step up to the Premier League. To think we could have just kept him and shoved him in at PL level and have the player he is now or will go on to be is madness. This is a total non-story. He needed the move to become the player we now wish we had. It's like some sort of paradox.