As football remains on an indefinite halt, Last Word On Football have taken a look at the four first-team players Brentford could lose as free transfers this summer.
Players Brentford Could Lose as Free Transfers This Summer
Who Remains Could Depend on Promotion
Whether the Bees earn a long-awaited promotion to the Premier League could play a big factor in which of the out contract players remain at the club.
Thomas Frank’s side currently sit fourth in the Championship, five points ahead of Bristol City, who are just outside of the play-off spots.
Brentford won their final game before the season was brought to a halt, a 5-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday.
The South African has been a consistent performer for the Bees since joining in 2017.
A box-to-box midfielder who looks to play the ball forward, Mokotjo has made 100 appearances during his time at Griffin Park, scoring six times.
While he has been a consistent member of the first-team, his future at the club may depend on whether Thomas Frank’s side earn promotion to the top-flight. If they do, then they may look to add more quality in the heart of midfield.
Furthermore, his current injury may also play a pivotal factor. The 29-year-old is currently sidelined is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury.
The Greek striker has failed to make an impact at Griffin Park since joining on a one-year deal last summer.
Karelis made just four appearances at the beginning of the campaign before suffering a long-term injury.
It is unlikely that he will be rewarded with a new contract, despite not showing his true potential. Ollie Watkins is the undisputed first-choice under Frank, and it would prove difficult for Karelis to replace him.
The Danish youngster continues to bide his time at Griffin Park in the hope for regular first-tea opportunities.
Currently on loan at National League side Boreham Wood, Shaibu signed a three-year deal in 2017. He has spent the last season-and-a-half on loan with the non-league side, scoring 18 times in 79 appearances.
Brentford may look to keep the 22-year-old for another season in order for him to continue his development in the EFL. However, if he does not impress, then they will look to offload him.
Reece Cole is in a similar situation to his team-mate Shaibu. His status at the club depends on how they see the future for him, and whether they believe he can make an impact on the first-team.
Also aged 22, Cole has made just one appearance for the senior side at Griffin Park. Instead, he has spent much of his time out on loan.
He is currently on loan with Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle, but has also had spells with Newport County, Yeovil and Macclesfield.
Due to the competition for places in the heart of midfield, the 22-year-old may look for a fresh start with a new club.
Embed from Getty Images