Potential Leeds and Celtic addition Sawyers can handle scrutiny

Romaine Sawyers of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Griffin Park on August 26, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Leeds United and Celtic have been linked with Brentford ace Romaine Sawyers.

Romaine Sawyers of Brentford at The Hawthorns on December 03, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Leeds United are being linked with a move for Brentford ace Romaine Sawyers.

The Daily Record claim Leeds are battling Celtic for a move for the attacking midfielder.

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Sawyers is an exciting talent, but moving to one of the two clubs with more vociferous fanbases has caused some to wilt in recent years.

 

Can he handle the pressure of playing in front of 30,000 plus on a regular basis and having his performances dissected on social media even more intensely?

Sawyers' self confidence suggests he will not be worried.

In comments made to Brentford's official website last year, Sawyers says he has learned to handle criticism.

He said: "My body language can be deceptive at times but it’s my playing style and part and parcel of who I am. It works the other way, too.

"In some people’s eyes I can make things look easy because of how laid back I am. I’ve had to deal with criticism before – it’s not something that plays on my mind. I’m going to keep being me.

Romaine Sawyers of Brentford in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on April 22, 2019 in Brentford, England.

"I can look as laid back, lazy and languid as you like – whichever word you want to use – but the numbers are there to show that such an impression of me is not accurate.

"It’s funny at times, how marmite I can be. If I was an insecure person I’d love to sit down with those who think I’m lazy and ask them to justify their viewpoint. Everyone has an opinion – I understand that because I’m a football fan myself."

Sawyers will need this attitude to come with some of the inevitable flak which will come his way.

He is a bright attacking midfielder who can change games, but there are some matches where it doesn't work out for him, and his overall impact can be questioned.

If Leeds or Celtic had reservations over the psychological side of his game and his suitability for a move, they need not worry.

Romaine Sawyers of Brentford holds off Pawe¸ Wszo¸ek of QPR during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Brentford at Loftus Road on August 22, 2017 in London,...

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