Long Heads To Brentford

by Adam Clark

Striker Chris Long has today moved to Brentford on a one-month loan. 

The young forward is available to Mark Warburton's side with immediate effect and could make his debut at Norwich City on Saturday. 

After finishing second in League One last term, Brentford are currently fifth in the Championship and in the hunt for back-to-back promotions. 

Long's switch will see him reunited with former Everton Under-21s coach and now Bees assistant boss David Weir, while former Blues defender Jake Bidwell is also on the books at Griffin Park. The deal lasts until 21 February and he will be eligible for Brentford's game that weekend.

A regular for Everton's development squad this season, Long netted in the first-team's pre-season friendly at German side SC Paderborn in the summer and was handed his senior debut as a substitute in last month's Europa League clash with FC Krasnodar. 

It will be his second Football League loan spell after he played four games in League One for MK Dons last season, scoring once. 

As well as Saturday's trip to Carrow Road, Long will be available for games against Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Watford and Charlton Athletic. 

Everton boss Roberto Martinez told evertontv: "I think it's an important period in Chris' career and it's something he's ready for. I always felt in pre-season when he was with the first team that he's got something special, that knack of making the right move and the right decision and being able to score goals out of nothing. That's quite a strong quality.

"Brentford are a club who do things right, they are very well structured, they are having a good season and they provide a really good environment for young players. I think it could benefit both Brentford and Chris and from an experience point of view I think it's as good as it gets for him.

"He's been out on loan in League One and I think he is now ready for the Championship."
Bees boss Warburton said: “We are aware of his talent and we are looking forward to seeing how he benefits from the loan move and how he impacts the team’s performance.

“Chris is a young boy with enormous potential and who will add value to the group over the coming weeks.”

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