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.