Brent­ford mid­fielder Ge­orge Saville on com­plet­ing the ‘job’ with Bees

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Talbot-Smith

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

BUZZING WITH THE BEES: Ge­orge Saville has been a star turn in Brent­ford’s mid­field. Inset, Mar­cello Trotta cel­e­brates another goal

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