The final weeks of January saw plenty of movement in and out of Griffin Park as Dean Smith shaped the squad he would have for the remainder of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season.
After nearly eight years and more than 200 games, Sam Saunders left to join Sky Bet League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. The winger had been a key part of The Bees rise to the second tier and left with the best wishes of everyone at Griffin Park. Sam was joined out of the exit door by Jan Holldack later on in the month as the young German joined fourth tier side SV Wuppertaler back in his home nation on loan until the end of the season.
Transfer Deadline Day saw another two players depart as a long-running transfer saga finally came to an end. First to leave was Callum Elder as he was recalled by Leicester City after an injury-blighted loan spell before Scott Hogan finally completed his move away from Griffin Park after weeks of speculation. The 14-goal striker joined Aston Villa after two-and-a-half years with The Bees.
Heading in the other direction in the final few days of January were two pacey-wingers as Dean looked to expand his attacking options. First to join was Dutch speedster Florian Jozefzoon who agreed a short term contract after leaving PSV Eindhoven. The former Ajax man signed a deal until the end of the season with a further one-year option.
Then, with just hours of the window remaining, Sergi Canos returned to West London, signing a contract that could run through to 2022. The 19-year-old had become a firm fans’ favourite during a season-long loan spell the previous season and was now back at Griffin Park on a long-term deal from Norwich City.
On the pitch, three positive performances against Birmingham City, Eastleigh, and Newcastle United gave way to disappointment at The DW Stadium as relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic took the points on a wet Saturday in the North-West. The Bees started brightly but conceded twice just before the break to put the home side in total control. The only bright spot for Dean Smith’s side was a first goal back in red and white for Jota late on.
A week later and 6,000 Bees fans made the short trip down the A4 to Stamford Bridge for an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Chelsea. Any hopes of a Cupset were quashed in the opening 25 minutes as first Willian and then Pedro found the net. The Premier League Champions in waiting added two more through Branislav Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi after the break as they eased into the Last 16.
With the ink not even set on his move to Villa Park, Scott Hogan watched on as his former club thumped his new club, 3-0 at Griffin Park on Deadline Day. Live in front of the Sky Cameras Lasse Vibe scored twice, either side of one from Nico Yennaris, as The Danish striker ensured a positive start to life after Hogan.
After their 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, The Brentford B tour moved on to Denmark where Kevin O’Connor’s men picked up their silverware of the season at the Kai Toor Cup. A 2-0 win over Hamburg ensured The B Team topped Group A and set up a final against Brann Bergen. Goals from Justin Shaibu, Henrik Johansson and Zain Westbrooke confirmed a 3-1 win over the home side, Ellery Balcombe saving a penalty for The Bees.
Brentford’s Women ended a long-wait for a win as Jenn Amols Brett came off the bench to score a last-gasp winner as Brentford Women's FC closed the gap at the top of the table to just three points with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur Development.