Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste signed from Oxford United on deadline day.
He started on the left of Brentford’s midfield-three and gave a good account of himself in what was a difficult game against a struggling Birmingham side.
Ethan Pinnock cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s early opener to take a point back to Griffin Park, but Leeds’ win over Bristol City leaves the Bees four points off the top-two.
Speaking to www.brentfordfc.com about making the step-up from League One to the Championship, Baptiste said the ‘intensity’ is the biggest difference:
“It’s a huge difference. Obviously you got quality players around you everywhere. I think the biggest challenge for me was the intensity of the game but I think me and Tarique have adapted well to it, and we’ve trained well so we just want to keep pushing on.
“For both of us to get signed with each other was a big thing and it’s been a big help. It could be a crazy year for me but even the whole club as well. Hopefully we can keep pushing on and working hard, keep on getting three points each week and see where the season takes us.”
In only his second season in the first-team he’d become a crucial player for Karl Robinson, and played a huge part in the Oxford side that performed so well in the first-half of the season.
He featured 17 times in the league for the U’s, and managed to score a goal in every competition he took part in – one in League One, one in the FA Cup, one in EFL Cup and one in the EFL Trophy.
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Brentford boast one of the best recruiting systems in the English Football League. They’ve made some crazy profits from buying and selling players in the past few seasons, and for bringing in and producing some of the finest, young talents in the Championship – Baptiste looks set to be another.
Fans have been hugely excited by Baptiste. He was one of the standout players in League One this season and we know that Brentford will have done their due diligence before singing him,
Birmingham away was a tricky first start for Baptiste but he handled it maturely, and should keep his spot in the side to face Blackburn today. A win could see Brentford leapfrog Fulham into 3rd.