Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Hayes to Bees

Just wanted to say a quick word about Paul Hayes who moved to Brentford on a free transfer yesterday.  Paul signed for us in June last year to partner Bradley Wright-Phillips up front, and he played a vital role in getting us off to a great start last season.  Hayes took a while to get going during the pre-season and  I admit that I unfairly judged him too quickly on those performances (for which I apologised for later), but once he found his feet, he looked like an accomplished pro.

Hayes was in the starting line-up when the season kicked off, and although he was never going to be a prolific goal scorer, his partnership with Wright-Phillips obviously worked and his all round general play was excellent.  He did the simple things well.  He is was a good passer of the ball, could hold up the ball, and his link-up play was very very good.  He merited his place in the team.

Fast forward to September, and the arrival of Yann Kermorgant and we see where it started to go wrong for Hayes.  Yann made his mark during the 1-1 draw at MK Dons.  He came on as a substitute for Hayes when we were losing 1-0, and three minutes later he had levelled the game for us.  From that point on, Hayes struggled to get back into the team.  Yann improved game after game and you cannot blame Powell for leaving Hayes out, it would have been a brave manager to leave Kermorgant out, he was a big player for us last season.

It's a shame that we couldn't accommodate Paul, but I think Powell has done the right thing by letting him go on a free transfer.  It's not fair to hold him back when he does still have something to offer as a player.  I know the Brentford fans well having lived in that neck of the woods for a few years.  He will get a big welcome at Griffin Park, and I'm sure he will do well there.  I would like thank him for his efforts as a Charlton player and wish him good luck for the future.

1 comment:

  1. Quite agree, great comments, good luck to Hayesey