Brentford owner Matthew Benham has tipped former Bee James Tarkowski to play for England – and revealed that the Bees will get more money from Burnley if he does.
The controversial centre-back left the Bees under a cloud almost two years after refusing to play in a match against the Clarets, who were trying to sign him at the time, in January 2016.
Tarkowski later apologised but never played for Brentford again, and a fortnight later he was a Burnley player, helping them to the Championship title – despite making just four appearances.
He also struggled for game time in the Premier League last season, finding Burnley's first choice centre-back partnership of Michael Keane and Ben Mee difficult to break up.
However, Keane's transfer to Everton this summer opened up an opportunity for Tarkowski, and he has been in outstanding form for the Clarets this season, earning plaudits both in Lancashire and beyond.
One telling stat shows that the 24 year old has made more clearances this season (74) than any other Premier League defender with 17 coming in a single match against Crystal Palace – also a record for this season.
Punters can already get good odds for Tarkowski pulling on an England shirt one day soon, with Sky Bet offering 22/1 for him getting into Gareth Southgate's 2018 World Cup squad.
Many Brentford fans are understandably still bitter about the manner in which Tarkowski left, but Bees owner Matthew Benham showed he harbors no hard feelings by tweeting that he was impressed by the player's stats this season.
When asked by a Bees fan on Twitter whether the club would get any extra cash if Tarkoswki did wear the Three Lions, Benham replied “yes. not sure about Poland. def good enough to play for England”.
Tarkowski himself has flat-batted the praise, insisting that he is only one part of a very good defensive unit at Turf Moor.
“We’re there to defend, that’s our main objective,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph. “We’ve played some tough teams and been worked hard, but the back four and even the front lads have stuck to that.”
“We’ve had two goalkeepers who have been fantastic so far, so it’s not just an individual thing, it’s all about the unit and the team. It’s not just about individuals at the back, it’s about the way we work as a team.”