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Brentford Eyeing El Mizouni
Tuesday, 26th Jan 2021 12:40

TWTD understands Championship high-flyers Brentford are eyeing Blues midfielder Idris El Mizouni.

The 20-year-old recently returned to Portman Road following a second loan spell at Cambridge United in which opportunities were limited.

Similarly, the Paris-born schemer is yet to be involved with Town’s first-team since coming back, although he scored a last-minute winner for the U23s as they defeated Millwall 1-0 a week ago.

We understand the Bees have been keeping a close watch on El Mizouni, who joined the Blues as a full-time academy scholar in the summer of 2016, for some months.

Brentford are known for taking an analytical approach in the transfer market using data and statistics, looking for players with the potential to fit their model that they can bring in to develop and then ultimately sell on for bigger fees.

Capped once at full level by Tunisia, El Mizouni is contracted to the Blues until the summer with the club having an option for a further season.

El Mizouni has made six first-team starts - two in the league - and seven sub appearances for the Blues in addition to 12 starts and 10 games from the bench in his two spells with Cambridge.

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MaySixth added 12:43 - Jan 26
The proven best club in the EFL for recruitment is targeting a young full international at Portman Road who can't even get in the squad.

Someone is seeing something that Lambert doesn't.

Carberry added 12:47 - Jan 26
Brentford is a club which we should be replicating the management of both on and off the field. They have a plan which they are executing - rather than ours which is chaos and anarchy.

Pendejo added 12:51 - Jan 26
Sell to Brentford £1m, a year later they sell to Villa for £10m

That's how it goes isn't it?

Devereuxxx added 12:55 - Jan 26
If the club in the EFL with the best player acquisition are sniffing around him, that should make people in the club sit up and think about his current situation, how he's being utilised and his position in the squad.

So what we'll do is sell him for peanuts and he'll get transferred to the PL for tens of millions in a few years. Rinse. And. Repeat.

Sixto6 added 12:57 - Jan 26
Yeah but has anyone at Brentford played for some big clubs like our Paul ?

MonkeyAlan added 13:08 - Jan 26
Evans will sell then and put it all in his back pocket. Evans you muppet.

Ipswichbusiness added 13:10 - Jan 26
Rather than play him we go out and spend money on loan midfielders who can’t get into their Championship clubs.

casanovacrow added 13:17 - Jan 26
Maybe if the likes of El Mizouni got a run of games the fans would be less expectant of instant success, the pressure would be off and players would play without their usual fear. We'd even look like we have a sustainable model.

unknown100 added 13:19 - Jan 26
I don’t really rate him and at 20 if he was good enough, he’d be playing surely 🤷‍♂️ If he went to Brentford and became a success, it wouldn’t necessarily mean he would of done it here, they seem to know how to develop youngsters at Brentford

midastouch added 13:20 - Jan 26
Brentford are seriously shrewd in the transfer market. They will have done proper analysis. Don't buy from them (as they know when to get rid) and don't sell to them (as they know how to sniff out a bargain). I've been saying for ages I think El Mizouni should be in the first team picture as he's got some serious talent. Alan Judge has used up his 9 cat lives here. El Mizouni would have done far more with the amount of chances Judge has had.

istanblue added 13:30 - Jan 26
Always rated this guy when I've seen him play. Quick, creative, good with the ball at his feet and stronger than he looks too. As far I'm aware he's a no.10 yet PR Paul persists with serial underperformer Judge and now a loanee from Preston. No doubt Evans is licking his lips to make some quick cash, where he'll then be sold to a PL for ten times as much. #EvansOut #PRPaulOut

Portman_Pie added 13:37 - Jan 26
Might as well let him go. Paul’s brought in the Barnsley and Preston reserves to join the Arsenal youth reserve to stifle our own home grown products.

Changed tonight please Paul, or I’m going to egg your car tomorrow if you wheel out 4-5-1 and Boyfriend Judge YET again....

Facefacts added 13:40 - Jan 26
The problem is two fold. One, we don't have a manager who trusts (aka will put the time in to develop) the likes of El Miz. Mick McCarthy was the same. Two, we are too low a level now at League One for it to be worth having an academy and the quality of young player recruitment that we have. The 5 year plan where Marcus Evans said we must have a given number of academy/u23 in the first team should have been part of the manager recruitment policy before Paul Lambert was appointed. Once appointing a dinosaur manager there will never be the fruition from the academy that Marcus Evans has seriously invested in. So we have to sell El Miz and indeed he should and will want to join Brentford, if he looks at how he wants his career to flourish.

grow_our_own added 13:54 - Jan 26
That Alan Judge is in the first team squad for tonight's match, but Idris El Mizouni is not is everything that is wrong with this club. Grow our own! Lambert OUT!

Marinersnose added 13:54 - Jan 26
He looks a decent player to me albeit still a little naive as you would expect. In u23 games he’s usually very prominent so I can fully understand why Brentford see him as a potential signing. Along with others he’s not been given the chance. We have an international keeper who can’t get a game even though we haven’t go a proper reliable keeper. The club is in turmoil.

Cakeman added 13:55 - Jan 26
Carberry I fully agree. Have huge respect for Brentford and how they are run. They well and truly engage with their supporters. I remember not long back when we had a decent team going to Griffin Park and we led 3-0 at half-time. Their Chairman came onto the pitch and encouraged their supporters. He also gave them an update on their new ground development. What would our owner have done? The same thing? I don’t think so!

Upthetown1970 added 13:59 - Jan 26
That's the 3rd young player linked with other clubs. Gibbs and Baggott being looked at by premier league clubs. I fear our best young talent will all leave and to be honest can you blame them just look at the state of our once great club.

dominiciawful added 14:04 - Jan 26
State of us.

Jugsy added 14:20 - Jan 26
@ Carberry and Cakeman - whilst it irks me that a club more recently famed for spotting untapped talent has found this within the Ipswich ranks where the player is being overlooked, I wouldn't suggest Brentford have the perfect model. They sold off their academy to focus on this approach and given our fans enthusiasm for developing talent I'm not convinced we'd do well to fully adopt this model. That said, their analytical said to development is admirable - to be fair anything other than what we're seeing is more appealing!

BlueBlood90 added 14:22 - Jan 26
How I wish that we had a business model like Brentford.

A club that's well run in every aspect and a clear strategy when it comes to recruiting players and staff to suit their way of doing things.

They are absolutely light years ahead of us in every way.

SamWhiteUK added 14:25 - Jan 26
£6m please.

drewcudders1963 added 14:32 - Jan 26
Should blood all the youngsters for the remainder of this season.... boot out Chambers [great leader, sh*t full back], Ward [great at first, now just knows he's gonna get picked] etc and see how young defenders and midfielders get on..... if they know they have 10-15 games to express themselves it might be a revelation.... of course it could also be a disaster.... but we are going nowhere fast right now..... Keep Norwood and Jackson up front and just give it a bloody good go !!!!

dirtydingusmagee added 14:43 - Jan 26
not good enough for Lamberts LGE 1 shambles but a good Championship club interested. Well thats a surprise ! Brentford obviously no nothing, Lambert must be right because he has been with huge clubs ,even in Germany. Meanwhile deep in the vaults ''Scrooge'' is rubbing his miserly hands.

hollywoodginge added 15:00 - Jan 26
If he goes to Brentford, he doesn’t get in their team, he will get loaned out. They will be acquiring the potential. I love to see academy products in our team like the next person, but all at once does not work as we’ve seen. His route into the first team here or there needs to be done in steps, same as Dobra. Unpopular opinion, but that’s facts, else you would see every team just playing their youngsters job lot.

Bert added 15:11 - Jan 26
Likely to be more gossip than fact as Brentford are allegedly keeping tabs on lots of young players. Like many of our youngsters they don't get a run of games for us to see any potential. We need to shed a few that are not going to make the grade and then nurture the ones that have the greater potential. Is that El M ? I do not know.

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