James Tarkowski has spoken about the controversial transfer saga which saw the centre back depart Brentford for Burnley in 2016, revealing that he doesn’t believe that the Bees helped him enough.
When Brentford faced Burnley on Friday 15th January 2016 it was a man who wasn’t even on the pitch who stole the headlines. Bees’ centre back James Tarkowski refused to feature, in order to try to force a move to the hosts’ Lancashire opponents.
The Clarets came were 3-1 victors on the night, and the West London side took internal disciplinary action against the Manchester Born defender for his actions.
After spending two years at Griffin Park, during which Brentford achieved promotion from League One in 2014 before making the playoffs in their inaugural season back in the Championship, Tarkowski’s move to Burnley was completed on 1st February 2016.
Tarkowski has revealed that his mother’s illness was the motivation for his desire to return to the North West and, whilst admitting that he regrets the way his time at Brentford ended, he feels that the Bees were not helping him enough that winter.
“I wish it hadn’t ended the way it did,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I had two great years but it was the right thing to do.
“They said they’d help me and I didn’t think they were doing that. It wasn’t just football, it was my life. There was no financial incentive. I had to do what I did to make it happen”
The 24-year-old now lives in Worsley, a 15 minute drive away from his parents.
“My mum’s condition is never going to get better,” he adds.
“It’s about dealing with what she’s got. We do what we can. She’s off work full-time, so I try to see as much of her as I can. I’m much happier and I think she is.”
Since Michael Keane’s £30 million departure to Everton in the summer, Tarkowski has been an ever-present for Burnley during their surprise start to the campaign, which sees them sitting in seventh place in the Premier League.
The defender’s fine form has seen rumours of an international call up surfacing. Brentford owner Matthew Benham revealed, to Get West London, that if Tarkowski – who has the choice to represent either England or Poland – were to make the international step up then the Bees would be entitled to more money.