Defender Jake Bidwell reckons Brentford will be just fine without his pal Adam Forshaw.
Bidwell played in the same Everton youth team as the midfielder before moving to Griffin Park on loan in November 2011, followed by Forshaw three months later – with both later making the move permanent.
Forshaw, last season's League One Player of the Year, has not featured for the Bees this season after being unsettled by two bids from former Brentford boss Uwe Rosler at Wigan.
However, with the club having accepted a third bid from the Latics, which Bees boss Mark Warburton says is higher than the reported £2-3million, Forshaw looks to finally be on his way back to the north west.
But Bidwell said: “It will be sad to see Adam go as we both came down from Everton and spent a lot of time together, but the other midfielders we have brought in are more than good enough.
“Adam is a good lad and had a brilliant couple of season for Brentford. I will do nothing but wish him well, and I know it will be the same for everyone else.”
With Tony Craig suspended following his red card in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City, Bidwell was handed the captain's armband for the first time for Tuesday night's 1-0 Capital One Cup exit to Fulham.
He said: “I've been captain before at Everton but this was the first time in a proper game. It was a real honour. I enjoyed it and I would love to do it again.
“I only found out at the pre-match meal, so there was not too much time to get used to the idea. It was disappointing to lose to a close rival, but we have another big game on Saturday to look forward to now.”
That game will see the Bees travel to Rotherham's New York Stadium where they lost 3-0 last March – the only time they have really been outclassed since Warburton took the reins three months earlier.
Bidwell added: “They done a job on us that night so we owe them one. Both teams went up in the end, but it would be nice to get a bit of revenge for that night.”