Brentford have shown themselves to be one of the best run clubs in the country due to the business they have done over the years.
The transfer model at Griffin Park is well-documented and it has worked on the whole, with the Bees generally buying low, selling high and regularly finding talented players to replace those who depart.
However, whilst it hasn’t come at a significant cost, the Londoners remain a Championship club and some may feel a few key sales over the years have prevented them taking that next step.
So, it will be very interesting to see what happens in January after Sky Sports revealed that Aston Villa came in for influential Bees playmaker Said Benrahma.
Whilst the 24-year-old has failed to replicate the outstanding form he displayed last season in the current campaign, he is still a vital player for Thomas Frank and will be crucial moving forward.
A run of five wins in six has seen Brentford go from languishing in the bottom half to move within two points of the play-offs and there is a real confidence and belief around the club right now.
Anyone who has seen the team play recognises the quality they have and one or two additions in the New Year could see this team challenge not only for a top six place but for automatic promotion.
Yet, losing someone like Benrahma would be a significant blow to those chances.
Not only would they see a talented, technical player that can score and make goals depart but it would also send out the wrong message to everyone connected to the Bees.
It would reinforce the idea that they are a selling club and that could have an impact on the mood of the current squad and the fans.
That’s not to say that Brentford need to abandon a model that has served them so well in the past, they obviously should’t as the long-term future of the club is obviously the priority and they are moving into a new stadium next season.
But, they should recognise the opportunity that is in front of them now and it’s not like they are in a dire financial situation.
So, any bids that come in for Benrahma, and other key players, need to be rejected in January as they chase their Premier League dream which looks realistic once again.
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