In shades of the Leeds United ‘Sicknote Six’, who self-certificated against Charlton last season, Brentford’s James Tarkowski has gone and done something similar by refusing to play in tonight’s game against Burnley.

The 23-year-old was initially named in the srating XI but the BBC report that after ‘discussions’ with the Bees’ head coach Dean Smith, Tarkowski “declared himself unavailable.”

Manchester-born Tarkowski is said to favour a move back to his native North West and there has been transfer interest from none other than Brentford’s opponents in tonight’s game in Burnley. Burnley enquired about Tarkowski’s availability but Sean Dyche’s initial offer was rebuffed out-of-hand by Brentford who value the centre back in the £5m bracket according to getwestlondon, with the Lancastrians not returning with an improved offer. Speaking at the time, which was only two days ago, Tarkowski told getwestlondon, “I think when a team is doing quite well you’re going to have other teams looking at players. A lot of the stuff is hearsay and rumours. A lot of what I see is on Twitter and in the newspapers.”

Faced with Tarkowski’s untimely self-removal from the side for tonight’s game, Brentford issued a club statement that read, ”

James Tarkowski will be the subject of internal disciplinary action after telling Head Coach Dean Smith that he did not wish to play against Burnley in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match.

Following discussions with Smith, Tarkowski declared himself unavailable for the fixture despite being selected in the starting line-up. As a result of these actions, he will be disciplined by the club.

Any resulting sanction will remain confidential and the Club will make no further comment on potential punishment.”

In the getwestlondon article dated January 13, Tarkowski states, “It’s between the clubs. I can’t decide if I’m moving from club to club. It’s up to Brentford to decide where my future lies.” With what he has done tonight, that decision from Brentford about the young defender’s ‘future’ could be coming sooner rather than later.

To press, James Tarkowski has played 74 games for Brentford, scoring four times and creating five assists.


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