BIDWELL HAS LEFT GLOVES BEHIND
JAKE Bidwell has just landed the Football League Young Player of the Month award as a left-back, but it wasn’t long ago that he was a keeper.
The 20-year-old has helped the Bees towards the top of the League One table.
The former Everton trainee had two loan spells at Griffin Park, before moving permanently in the summer.
“I did a couple of years at Everton as a goalkeeper up until under-13s,” said Bidwell.
“I wasn’t really enjoying it so the plan was to go and play with my mates. I did all right and ended up going back to Everton as a centre-half and then a left-back.”
And the former England U19 defender added:“Brentford put a lot of faith in me at a young age. I was 18 when I made my debut.
“I just saw it as coming back to Brentford rather than signing. You don’t really sit back and think about it but then all of a sudden you have played 100 games.”
He is hoping the Bees can clinch automatic promotion this year – but knows their consistency must not waver.
“Nothing is won in January or February,” he added. “We need to keep going until the end of the season. With the way we are playing we will be able to do that hopefully.”
AWARD: Jake Bidwell