Recent Brentford transfer target Michiel Kramer slams club's recruitment process

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The Dutchman has since gone on to join Feyenoord.

Feyenoord’s latest signing Michiel Kramer has criticised Brentford for their current Opta-stat driven recruitment drive.

The Dutchman, who was linked with Celtic this summer, scored 17 goals last season for ADO Den Haag, making him the third highest scorer in the Eredivisie last term.

Brentford were keen on the player earlier in the summer but in June getwestlondon reported that the interest had cooled.

The reason why was because of his performance on Opta Stats. He only scored from outside the area three times and was classed as a ‘gambler’ who gets lucky – according to Algemeen Dagblad.

He has now laughed off that tag, and made it clear he never intended to join Brentford:

“The goals that I made, in my opinion were just good goals.

“I still can do more to assist, but they were all field goals. I took no penalties or free kicks.

“And yes, the one who said that there was, according to my information, a compulsive gambler. It then says I'm not good enough for that club? How seriously should I take that guy?

“A lucky goal in my mind is a goal in which a goalkeeper makes a mistake. Not if you headed a ball into the top corner. Would I have wanted to go Brentford anyway? No.''

The Griffin Park club have been mocked for trying to adopt a sabermetrics ‘Moneyball’ like tactic in West London this summer in order to push on from last term.

In truth, the tactic has been something of a success in other sports, but Brentford are hoping it can prove to be a hit in Championship football – which has many sceptics.

Including Kramer, who simply did not fit the model for The Bees.

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