Brentford have confirmed via their official website that ‘B’ team youngster Zain Westbrooke has joined non-league Leyton Orient on loan for three months.
The 20-year-old, who is captain of the reserve side, will spend a short spell with the east Londoners as he looks to gain valuable first team experience.
The youngster appears to have a bright future with the Bees, and will hope that a solid run of form in the National League will be enough to elevate him into the first team squad upon his return to Griffin Park.
This is Westbrooke’s second loan spell of the season, having spent a short spell with Solihull Moors before being sent off in only his second game of the spell, and the player will hope his time with Orient will be a shade more positive than his spell in the West Midlands.
Westbrooke made his debut against Fulham last season, and was named amongst the substitutes in the Bees defeat to Ipswich last month.
Westbrooke needs to seize this opportunity by the scruff of the neck.
The 20-year-old is undoubtedly talented, and is an established leader through his time as the reserve team captain, and must impress manager Dean Smith during his loan spell with Orient.
The player is certainly good enough to become one of the strongest central defenders in the fifth tier, and should perform well at Brisbane Road.
Bees fans, do you think Westbrooke is one day good enough to make the first team at Griffin Park?