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Tariqe Fosu opens up on his deadline day move to Brentford

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Brentford’s Tariqe Fosu has opened up about his move from Oxford United on deadline day, and says he’s ‘excited by the new challenge’.

Both Fosu and Shandon Baptiste made the switch from Oxford United to Brentford on deadline day.

The pair had been in fine form throughout the season for Karl Robinson’s side, and it landed them both a move to promotion chasers Brentford.

Thomas Frank’s Bees sit in 5th-place of the Championship table – six points off the leaders West Brom and looking set for a promotion push in time for the opening of their new stadium in the summer.

Quoted by the Surrey Comet about his move, Fosu talked Brentford, Oxford, and his new side’s promotion credentials this season:

“I’ve seen a lot of Brentford’s games, I like the way they play, their philosophy and the way they develop young players – the league position wasn’t a factor, it was the philosophy, the style of play and the manger that sold it to me.”

Fosu, 24, left Oxford United amid a promotion surge of their own – they currently sit 8th in League One.

“The Oxford boys are playing well, and it was gutting to leave, but at the same time, it’s football,” explained Fosu.

“We (Brentford) are in a good position and my aim is to just play a part. It’s been a crazy last few days but I’m excited by the new challenge.”

Plenty of fans are excited to see Fosu in action for the club – he’s a midfield player who featured in the middle and on the left of Oxford’s midfield-three this season, playing 25 times in League One and scoring 8 goals.

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“I’m a ball player, wide player, get forward, score goals and create goals,” added Fosu.”It was similar at Oxford and I’m ready to go.”

He’s in-line to make his debut this weekend when Brentford host Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough.

The verdict

Both Fosu and Baptiste were in-demand players last month, and many feel that Brentford have signed two good players and at a good price – they paid a reported £3 million for both.

Brentford’s recruitment strategy has been tried and tested in recent seasons, and they’ve made a heap of money from buying and selling. But now as they stage a leap into the Premier League, Fosu could well be a top-flight player by this time next year.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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