Brentford midfielder George Saville on completing the ‘job’ with Bees
IF YOU want a job done right then do it yourself is the message from Brentford midfielder George Saville. The Chelsea loanee has revealed he turned down loan offers from higher profile clubs this month in order to extend his stay at Griffin Park and finish off their promotion push.
Saville has made 28 first-team appearances and scored three goals for a Bees side that are riding the crest of a wave – Tuesday’s triumph over Bristol City was their tenth straight home win.
And Saville, 20, who last season had a spell on loan at Millwall that only yielded three first-team appearances, admits he had no hesitation in extending his loan that came to an end at the start of January.
“You never want to see someone else finish off a job that you started,” he said.
“I had some other offers from some Championship clubs but I spoke to my agent and said I wanted to stay here and continue the run that we are on. Every footballer wants to be playing regularly, and this is the first time in my career that I am getting that chance and I’m loving it.”
Saville is one of a number of important loan stars that complement the first-team squad.
Fulham striker Marcello Trotta has returned for a crack at redemption and has been on fire in recent weeks while Alan Judge, on loan from Blackburn, opened his Bees account in the win over Bristol City.
And Saville insists it is the well blended make-up of the squad that has been the cornerstone of their promotion push.
“If I had to put it (their 17-game unbeaten run prior to this weekend) down to one thing, it would be the team spirit,” he added. “The defeat at Stevenage in October brought us together, we had a chat and it has grown from there.
“The balance of players in the squad is just right, there are young hungry players on loan like myself and Trotts (Marcello Trotta).
“Then you’ve got someone like Judgey (Alan Judge) who wants to prove a point that he is good enough for the Championship. Add that to the senior pros like Dougy (Jonathan Douglas) and Tony (Craig), it has made for a great mixture.”
The transition from Uwe Rosler, who left to join Wigan in December, could not have been more seamless as new boss Mark Warburton engineered a club record six consecutive wins to kick off his reign.
And Saville admits both managers deserve equal credit for the lofty position the club find themselves in.
“It’s been an amazingly smooth transition really,” said Saville. “They are both great managers in their own right, of course they have got different personalities and ways of doing things.
“But on the whole the way the team go about things has not changed at all and we have been really consistent. Mark has made a couple of tweaks here or there but it has been nothing major, it didn’t really need to be.
“Sometimes Mark might say he wants this or that done a bit different in training but that’s only natural. Uwe did a great job, from the first day of pre-season he set the standard, the determination for us to work hard and that will not drop until the season is done.”
With 18 months left to run on his contract at boyhood club Chelsea, Saville’s long-term future remains undecided.
And while the dream of running out at Stamford Bridge has not been ruled out, Saville will not allow himself a moment to daydream while a promotion push is on the go.
“Any player who tells you that he does not want to play for Chelsea is a liar,” he added. “That’s my dream, of course it is, but the future is 18 months away and for the moment there is a job to do here.
“Any footballer wants to be playing games regularly and that is what I am doing here for the first time in my career. I’m playing well and enjoying it, we take it week by week but of course we have our targets of where we want to be at the end of the season.
“We cannot afford to be getting too far ahead of ourselves, automatic promotion is what we want and it’s exciting to be involved.
“But if it were the play-offs, we back ourselves to beat any team on any day so we will take it as it comes and see what happens.”
BUZZING WITH THE BEES: George Saville has been a star turn in Brentford’s midfield. Inset, Marcello Trotta celebrates another goal