With just around a third of the season to go, the races for automatic promotion, playoffs and survival are hotting up, and leaders Brentford are enjoying such a great run of form that they have sent Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom back to the Emirates Stadium as the striker can't break into the first team.
“It was a pleasure to have Chuba at Brentford for his first loan spell away from his home club. He made an immediate impact both in training and in matches and I hope very much that he returns to Arsenal having benefitted from his experience with us.
“The difficult aspect was that he came to us at a time when the team was performing exceptionally well and as such, it was impossible to make unenforced changes,” added Warburton.
Brentford are also caught up in a complex situation regarding defender James Tarkowski. The centre back joined Brentford on deadline day in a £150,000 switch from Oldham, but an agreement between the two clubs was in place for the 21-year-old to head back to Boundary Park once the loan window re-opened.
But after an injury to Brentford defender Harlee Dean, Warburton says that Tarkowski will now stay at Griffin Park rather than leave the club on loan. To make matters even more confusing, Oldham boss Lee Johnson still expects Tarkowski to come back to the Latics, citing a “gentleman's agreement” between the two sides. With Brentford pushing for the title and Oldham striving to pull clear of the drop zone, the immediate future of Tarkowski will be of great importance.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves says that caretaker manager Mike Jackson should be given the job on a full-time basis. Jackson, who made his name as a player under David Moyes at Preston, came in to take interim charge after Graham Turner resigned, and Eaves wants the 40-year-old to bag the job permanently.
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