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For Brentford fans, the half-way point of the season should offer them the opportunity to look back with contentedness on the campaign so far.
Many expected the Bees to challenge near the top of the table but after a busy summer of comings and goings, it was never going to be so easy.
However, a 7-0 win against Luton last time out rubber-stamped their credentials to challenge right at the top-end of the division.
As in every season though, the January transfer window poses a potential stumbling block, with Sheffield United still intent on bringing in star striker Ollie Watkins, according to the Sheffield Star.
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Chris Wilder is apparently a long-standing admirer of the Bees’ marksman and is looking to bolster his striking options as he and the Blades’ board finalise the details of their attack plan in January.
Watkins has been one of the Championship stand-out attacking performers so far this season, netting 12 goals in 19 second-tier appearances, laying on three assists as well.
The pressure was ramped up on the 23-year-old during the summer transfer window after Neal Maupay was sold to Brighton and Hove Albion, leaving a huge gap in attack.
Maupay netted 25 Championship goals last season but his absence has largely gone unnoticed thanks to the performances of Watkins.
So, this latest news should cause the Bees’ faithful a lot of concern indeed.
Here we have one club who are known to be willing to sell their stars at the right price and another who have a recent track record of acquiring the best talent the second-tier has to offer.
Oli McBurnie, Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson all made the move to Bramall Lane in the summer so it is no surprise that Watkins appears to be next in line.
Whilst I am sure that there is no part of Watkins who is desperate to leave Griffin Park, when the offer of a move to a side comfortably thriving in the Premier League is on the table, it may prove very tough to turn down.
You get the feeling that January will be absolutely pivotal in deciding how Brentford’s season ends.