Brentford fans have found a new hero in the shape of West Ham United outcast Winston Reid.
West Ham sent Reid on loan to the west London club for the rest of the season in the winter window.
The former Hammers captain, who famously scored the 3-2 winner in the club’s last ever game at Upton Park, found himself frozen out by David Moyes after his two-year injury hell.
Reid shows signs of getting back to his imperious best at Brentford
West Ham fans congratulated Reid on what was deemed a good move to Brentford, a well-run club hungry for promotion to the Premier League.
And so it is proving as Bees fans raved about the Kiwi centre-back for his man of the match performance in their 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday last night.
The West Ham loan ranger showed flashes of being back to his imperious best. Reid won 15 of his 16 aerial duels. He had an 85% pass completion rate and even created a ‘big chance’.
Brentford fans rave about Hammers hero
Reid’s contract at West Ham still has another two and a half years to run. But it appears Reid does not have a future under David Moyes.
Whether West Ham potentially qualifying for Europe and therefore needing a bigger squad could change that, only Moyes knows. But it seems highly unlikely.
It could help West Ham’s reported pursuit of Brentford striker Ivan Toney, though.
The former Peterborough forward is said to be high on Moyes’s list of striker targets for the summer (The Sun 21 February, page 62).
Reid could be perfect makeweight in West Ham move for Toney
He will command a fee of at least £25million according to reports. And that could rise if he continues to score the goals firing Brentford’s promotion push.
So Reid may end up as the perfect makeweight in any deal to bring the price down.
The 32-year-old’s £70,000 per week wages would obviously be a big problem for Brentford. But West Ham may find a way to build a golden handshake into any departure to offset the difference in salary if it helps get a deal done.
Take a look at this selection of comments from Brentford and West Ham fans on Reid after his brilliant display.