He's brave as well. After taking that knock he was clearly in pain but made a really great tackle a minute or two after.
Really tough decision. I think DS will stick with Egan and Bjelland.
What has Egan done to deserve to be dropped? The only ever present one in the defence on this clean sheet run.
fair enough, but he's simply not as good as the other two, who are now both available. Meps & Bjelland looked fantastic together in that little run a while back. 4 games to go - we've got to use our best pairing.
Play one of the centre backs at defensive midfield? (Where's the fishing thingy gone?)
need to also look at the bigger picture, If Mepham doesn't start tomorrow then the small hope of keeping him this summer will end up as being zero.
I'm not sure I "get that" IB, are you suggesting he would leave in disgust if not played at Fulham?!
I hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling Smith will play his experienced CB duo to counter Mitrovic, but I am sure that Mepham should be delighted with his progress this year (first team regular, capped for Wales etc)and any "rests" from the first team will have been explained. I still hold out hope that both he & Ollie will still be with us at the start of next season for footballing reasons.
So the way I see it there was no reason he should have been 'dropped' or 'rested' but he is our best centre back IMO. We rejected a bid for him in January from a Premiership club and since then has earned an International call up. If I was in his position I would be thinking ok so a must win game I am not selected (when I know and the rest of the fans know I am the best CB) but I would be selected playing for a Premiership club earning potentially 10 times what I am earning now. So what motivation would he have to stay?
If he stays with us, the main reason will be for the certainty of game time to allow him to develop further.
This has been his breakthrough season, playing with us has got him international exposure.
IMHO he is more likely to be chuffed to bits at how many games he has played as opposed to sat sulking if he doesn't get picked against Fulham.
Management will share with him their plans as to how much game time he gets at this stage of his career.
I am equally sure that with a first pre-season as an established first team player, off the back of that he can expect to play 40+ games next season if still here.
I don't want to say the situation is not delicate, particularly if a Prem club is waving a life changing contract under his nose.
His agent will also no doubt be getting rather twitchy.
But I honestly believe that young guys like Mepham & Ollie can see the benefits of developing their games at Brentford & that they might conceivably wait another half or whole season with us before taking the next step up.
With Queens Park Rangers up next, the Wales international said he was itching to step back out at Griffin Park.
“It’s going to be a very interesting game. They’re my boyhood team and I was on trial there when I was younger and got turned away, so there’s some extra edge to the game. I’m looking forward to playing them if selected, and hopefully getting the three points as there’ll be no better feeling. I’ll have some family coming down for that one – I imagine every man and his dog will want a ticket!”