This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has rejected the initial move from Celtic who have come-in with a £1.5m bid for Bees captain Romaine Sawyers, as reported in The Scottish Sun.
Sawyers was a regular at Griffin Park last season, making 43 appearances in all competitions as Brentford went on to achieve an 11th placed finish in the Championship, 10 points outside the play-off places.
So were Brentford right to reject a £1.5million bid from Celtic?
“£1.5m for a good Championship player is just not worth considering these days.
“However, with one-deal left on his contract at Brentford then they will need to find a conclusion for him soon, as they are not the kind of club to allow players leave for free and could do with the money that would come in for him.
“If the player is set on leaving, then it would probably be wise to let him go, but for much more than that kind of money. Realistically they should want about double.
“There’s no need to be bullied by Celtic as I’m sure many other clubs would want him for more than that fee.”
“It’s the right call, Sawyers has been an important player for the Bees over the past three seasons, making more than 40 Championship appearances in each campaign since he joined in 2016.
“With question marks over whether Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma will be with the club next season, keeping Sawyers is the right decision.
“The potential exits of Maupay and Benrahma should mean that Brentford are in a strong position when it comes to negotiating their other players.
“Sawyers is only contracted until next summer, so it would be understandable if the Bees feel they need to sell the 27-year-old in this transfer window, but £1.5 million seems too low.”
“Brentford need to keep their best players if they are to progress and Sawyers is part of their plan going forward, and has been ever-present since signing in 2016.
“At 27 he could be about to hit his peak. He is settled at the club and understands the philosophy so £1.5m is too low for a player of his quality.
“If he isn’t key to Thomas Frank’s plans then Brentford could consider selling him. They always operate shrewdly in the transfer market and have a track record of unearthing gems, so his replacement could be an upgrade if they choose to sell.
“That being said, Brentford are in a position of strength, so they can play hard ball and hold out for a fee they value him at, which is likely quite a bit higher than £1.5million.”