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Rating Brentford’s Biggest Sales of the Last Five Years

Watkins made a big-money move to Aston Villa after winning Championship Player of the Year | Athena Pictures/Getty ImagesThe football food chain is one of the most prominent parts of the transfer window. Whenever a standout player emerges from one of the lesser clubs, it becomes inevitable that they’ll leave for new pastures. Even title-winning…

Ollie Watkins
Watkins made a big-money move to Aston Villa after winning Championship Player of the Year | Athena Pictures/Getty Images

The football food chain is one of the most prominent parts of the transfer window. Whenever a standout player emerges from one of the lesser clubs, it becomes inevitable that they’ll leave for new pastures. Even title-winning Leicester City couldn’t stop N’Golo Kante from being poached by mid-table Chelsea. It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all.

When it comes to clubs lower down the food chain, there are few better at making a profit than Brentford. Every transfer window, Bees fans see their biggest stars sold on for huge money, and yet somehow seem to improve with every passing season, most recently finishing in third place before play-off final heartbreak.

This summer, the west Londoners once again received huge fees for their most prized assets. Top scorer Ollie Watkins made the switch to Aston Villa, while Said Benrahma…well, he’s moved on loan for now, but there’s an obligation for West Ham to pay a seriously hefty fee at the end of the season if his body holds up.

After exiting Griffin Park, some went on to shine at their new clubs; others realised that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. Here is every Brentford player sold for at least £2m over the last five years. And no, Benrahma doesn’t count…yet.

Moses Odubajo
Odubajo was a big part of Hull’s promotion campaign in 2015/16 | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

2. Andre Gray (August 2015)

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Gray was a hit at Burnley | Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images
James Tarkowski
Tarkowski has been ever-reliable for Sean Dyche’s side | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

4. David Button (July 2016)

David Button
Button played for Fulham for two years | Harry Trump/Getty Images
Scott Hogan
Hogan never recaptured his best form at Aston Villa | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

6. Harlee Dean (August 2017)

Harlee Dean
Dean is a regular at Birmingham | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Jota was a standout at Brentford
Jota was a standout at Brentford | David Rogers/Getty Images

8. Maxime Colin

Maxime Colin
Colin was the third to move to Birmingham | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Lasse Vibe
Vibe scored 37 goals for the Bees | Dan Istitene/Getty Images

10. John Egan (July 2018)

John Egan
Egan features regularly for the Blades | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Florian Jozefzoon
Jozefzoon has struggled to nail down a regular starting place | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

12. Ryan Woods (August 2018)

Ryan Woods
Woods failed to make an impact at the Potters | Lewis Storey/Getty Images
Chris Mepham
Mepham has struggled with injuries at the Vitality | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

14. Nico Yennaris (January 2019)

Nico Yennaris
Yennaris against his former club in the Carabao Cup | MB Media/Getty Images
Ezri Konsa
Konsa joined Aston Villa in 2019 | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

16. Romaine Sawyers (July 2019)

Romaine Sawyers
Sawyers was outstanding in West Brom’s promotion campaign | Visionhaus/Getty Images
Neal Maupay
Maupay was Brighton’s top scorer last season | Jan Kruger/Getty Images

18. Ollie Watkins (September 2020)

Ollie Watkins
Watkins arrived for a club-record fee | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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