It’s been said by the man himself that the size of our sell-on clause has scuppered a big money transfer for Troy Deeney, or at least played a part.
Brentford are going great guns in the Championship, probably attracting glances from higher places, but in all likelihood won’t go up.
Here’s a dilemma- if you’re Leigh Pomlett, and the notion suddenly occurs to you one day (as it did to me, yesterday), do you seriously consider approaching Brentford now, with a view to offering them a lump sum buyout of all remaining clauses for Rico, as I seem to recall was touted with regard to Troy? See what their opening offer is, but keep in your mind a minimum of whatever the agreed price with the Bonsers for the freehold is? A bit too gung-ho risky? Or a decent avenue to pursue, with the iron as hot as it is likely to get? Best case scenario is that we’re free of the rent by the summer, and DC can wave an extra £30-50k a year at six or seven potential signings forevermore, which would constitute quite the upgrade in quality. The only other way we achieve that in even the mid-term is a big transfer for Rico actually coming off, as well as (sadly) one or both of getting to Wembley in the U21s trophy and selling Alfie Bates. A lot of stars that need aligning there.