Winston Reid has made quite the impression already whilst on loan at Championship side Brentford from West Ham.
The 32-year-old played a starring role again at the weekend as Brentford defeated Stoke City 2-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Reid made a loan switch to the Championship side in January. He hasn’t played for West Ham since our 4-1 defeat away to Swansea in March of 2018.
The Kiwi remains a fan favourite in East London, scoring the last ever goal at Upton Park and playing a big role in our promotion in the 2012/13 season.
His move to Brentford came after Said Benrahma swapped west London for east in the summer transfer window. There was said to be some bad blood between the clubs, so Reid was loaned out to ease tensions.
Against Stoke, he was fantastic throughout. Reid completed 88% of his passes successfully and 100% of his attempted dribbles, as Brentford spent the majority of the game pushing to score [WyScout].
Second-half goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney gave them all three points. The win pushes Thomas Frank’s side up to second, seven adrift of the league leaders, Norwich City.
The Bees had kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday midweek but went a goal down early to Stoke. Jacob Brown put the Potters a goal up after just 27 seconds played, after keeper David Raya gave the ball away cheaply.
Reid nearly levelled for his side later in the half. The New Zealand international headed narrowly over the crossbar from 12 yeards having met a Saman Ghoddos corner.
The hosts equalised after 56 minutes courtesy of a stunning 20-yeard strike from Janelt. They had Reid to thank shortly after, though, as the defender prevented a second goal for Stoke.
He made a crucial intervention on the goal-line to stop Jordan Cousins heading Stoke ahead. The effort had looped over Raya before Reid stepped in. Overall, he made six interceptions and 15 possession recoveries in the match.
Five minutes later Ivan Toney slotted past Angus Gunn to give Brentford all three points. Toney is the top goalscorer in the Championship this season with 25 to his name.
It’s good to see Reid still playing at a high level, having suffered a bad injury a couple of years back. He will forever be remembered fondly by the fans at West Ham.
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