Winston Reid - Signs on loan to June 2021 (1 Viewer)

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Brentford have signed New Zealand international Winston Reid on loan from West Ham United for the rest of the 2020/21 season. The 32-year-old defender completed the Transfer Deadline Day switch this morning and trained with The Bees today, Monday 1 February. He will remain in West London until the end of the current campaign.
 

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Brilliant loan move. Great player and just the cover we need, with premiership experience.

The fact that he has played few games in the recent past is also a bonus. He will be fresher and ready to go.

I would expect he will be on the bench versus B.C.

Well done Brentford!
 

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In many ways a signing that makes perfect sense. Has the Danish/FCM connection, been promoted from this level before, provides cover in a position where we are thin at the moment and will offer leadership and experience whilst our captain is sidelined. Also, we now have a right footed centre back available!!

I do have a little concern re: fitness though. Big injury in 2018, how much did that impact him, he’s played something like 20 games in the three years since - and in the MLS which is a lower level and less physical. Also is now 32, so has possibly slowed up more generally? At the very least would possibly expect a few weeks to get him up to the required level.
 

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Experienced, right footed centre back that can get in the referees ear - sounds just what we need. Yes, he may take a while to get up to speed but we are a lot stronger now than we were yesterday. I hope he's a real sh*thouse.
 

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In many ways a signing that makes perfect sense. Has the Danish/FCM connection, been promoted from this level before, provides cover in a position where we are thin at the moment and will offer leadership and experience whilst our captain is sidelined. Also, we now have a right footed centre back available!!

I do have a little concern re: fitness though. Big injury in 2018, how much did that impact him, he’s played something like 20 games in the three years since - and in the MLS which is a lower level and less physical. Also is now 32, so has possibly slowed up more generally? At the very least would possibly expect a few weeks to get him up to the required level.
You say this signing makes perfect sense then give a list why we shouldn’t have got him.

For me excellent. It’s an extra body we didn’t have this morning in an area where numbers are short.
 

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You say this signing makes perfect sense then give a list why we shouldn’t have got him.
Errr, I didn’t do that. I actually gave a list of reasons why he is a good signing.

For me excellent. It’s an extra body we didn’t have this morning in an area where numbers are short.
Yep, definitely. Lots of reasons to be happy about this. Been a while since we had a loanee to cover a relatively short term injury, quite exciting and suggests we want to leave our league position as little up to chance as possible.
 

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I was actually looking at his career the other day as I remembered how much of a tank he’d been for West Ham before the injury, thought he’d be eager to be playing, but didn’t expect him to be coming here.

Great signing for us!

Welcome to the 🐝
 

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Credit to the DoFs, possibly the exact kind of player we needed this window.

Pinnock and Sorensen are performing well together and hopefully will continue to do so, so while we need some adequate backup, it's hard to find a player who fits the criteria of both good enough to step in when required but also understands that they'll be on the bench for a while to start.

If nothing else, the kind of leader you want in the dressing room of a club looking for promotion. With Jansson out, we don't have too many others of those.
 

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Great signing this. I’ve got West Ham fan mates who regard him highly; both as a player and as a character. I think this could be the push we need.
 

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The first Maori to play for Brentford, surely. Brentford - the diversity specialists.
Wasn't the LB we had on loan from Leicester maybe four seasons back, whose name I cannot quite recall, from NZ? He didn't play that many games because I think he picked up an injury but was competent when he did play.
 

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Wasn't the LB we had on loan from Leicester maybe four seasons back, whose name I cannot quite recall, from NZ? He didn't play that many games because I think he picked up an injury but was competent when he did play.
Callum Elder. Aussie.
 

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But...but...the people on the message board said we didn't need any defenders...
 

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The first Maori to play for Brentford, surely. Brentford - the diversity specialists.
It seems he had a Danish passport... certainly the first Danish Maori!
 

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Wasn't the LB we had on loan from Leicester maybe four seasons back, whose name I cannot quite recall, from NZ? He didn't play that many games because I think he picked up an injury but was competent when he did play.
Yes, I cant recall his name but he also played at the WCup with Winston
 

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A great signing.
A nice bit of experience to cover at the back.

Welcome Winston.
 

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But...but...the people on the message board said we didn't need any defenders...
Most were saying we didn’t need another one who was unproven at this level or a young PL loanee rising star who’d expect to play every game. I don’t think anyone identified a realistic candidate for an experienced PL player who could add an option but be OK with not being number one. Except the DoFs.
 

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Any idea why he has not played much football over the last 3 or 4 years?
 
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His injury record.....

 
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WE DO LOANS!
It was never said we didn’t.

It’s been explained why and that the loan system would be used as and when required.

Not for the benefit of some club in the EPL but to benefit Brentford FC.
 

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But...but...the people on the message board said we didn't need any defenders...
The sensible ones were cautious as we didn't know how long Racic/Goode would be unavailable for...clearly they are both out for a while and the DoF's have stepped in to plug the gap :)
 

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In many ways a signing that makes perfect sense. Has the Danish/FCM connection, been promoted from this level before, provides cover in a position where we are thin at the moment and will offer leadership and experience whilst our captain is sidelined. Also, we now have a right footed centre back available!!

I do have a little concern re: fitness though. Big injury in 2018, how much did that impact him, he’s played something like 20 games in the three years since - and in the MLS which is a lower level and less physical. Also is now 32, so has possibly slowed up more generally? At the very least would possibly expect a few weeks to get him up to the required level.
I'm 32 and if my 5aside athleticism and ability is anything to go by (which it's not) then he'll be at the top of his game.
 

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Makes sense as a signing, extra cover but won't demand to play each week. Experience and hard working, the traits we need in a defender.

With how long the others are out for a loan signing makes sense.
 

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Great move. Was the absolute priority to get a CB in. With the returning Norgaard and Marcondes we can cover other areas fine.
 

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His injury record.....

I’m sure we’ve signed players with worse injury histories!
In the past, West Ham have played him at RB too. Might be an extra option during games, eg MadsR starts but gets moved up the wing a bit, and WR comes on to see the game out.
Very pleased to see him on board.
 

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I’m sure we’ve signed players with worse injury histories!
In the past, West Ham have played him at RB too. Might be an extra option during games, eg MadsR starts but gets moved up the wing a bit, and WR comes on to see the game out.
Very pleased to see him on board.
Has Dalsgaard left?
 

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Credit our Dofs. With the signing of Winston, this might be their finest hour.
 

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Great that we've got the cover we needed at centre-back. This has the feel of the sort of signing that Martin Allen used to make.
 

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Great that we've got the cover we needed at centre-back. This has the feel of the sort of signing that Martin Allen used to make.
or Andy Scott when he bought reinforcements in to see us over the finish line
 

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Perfect loan signing! Probably part of the Benrhama deal. Welcome aboard Winston!
 
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Typical BFC - kept well under wraps until the ink is dry on the line. No doubt there will be some on here who did have some idea, but keeping it away from the hoi polloi - and i include myself in that! - makes so much sense. We are a seriously well-run football club.
 

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or Andy Scott when he bought reinforcements in to see us over the finish line
Yes that's also true. I was thinking more along the lines of ex-Premier League players like Salako, Burton, Myers, Gayle and Lawrence, who were past their prime but were good professionals with something still to give (let's forget about Claridge...)
 

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