E(R)C blog: Morrison lives up to top billing

Off on the right foot: Brentford loan signing Clinton Morrison helps Clayton Donaldson celebrate his goal against Rochdale on Saturday

Off on the right foot: Brentford loan signing Clinton Morrison helps Clayton Donaldson celebrate his goal against Rochdale on Saturday

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For the first time in living memory a 'Brentford sign international striker' headline on the club website, lived up to its billing this week.

Former Crystal Palace legend, as some Eagles fans would describe him, Clinton Morrison swooped in to Griffin Park last week.

Nine goals in 36 appearances for the Republic of Ireland is not to be sniffed at, nor is more than a hundred goals in less than 250 appearances for Palace.

Usually when the Bees sign an 'international' player it is usually an England U19 player or some bloke from Malta.

It is no secret that Gary Alexander's exit left Brentford high and dry in the goal scoring department - you only have to look at the last few results to see that.

But be warned.

The last centre forward Bees signed with a proven goalscoring record was Clayton Donaldson.

Now, I'm a fan of the big man. He is a quality player, but just hasn't been able to deliver the goals on a regular basis - the job he was signed for having banged them in for fun at Crewe Alexander.

There were some around Griffin Park fearing the worst. Some saying they couldn't see where the next goal was going to come from let alone point.

Perhaps Morrison's arrival can spark a revival and - after Saturday's 2-0 win over Rochdale - the signs seem promising.

But, with the Bees still well adrift of the top six, I wouldn't count on it.

Which leaves us to think about next season.

The Bees haven't got many players under contract once the summer is out, so Matthew Benham is most likely going to have to dip into his pocket again to plug the gaps.

Signing players on loan is one thing, but it is experience that is going to get you out of League One and that is something the boss Uwe Rosler's men are a little short of - but those players come at a price.

Richard Lee, Sam Saunders, Jonathan Douglas, Kevin O'Connor and Clayton Donaldson are probably the go too men in that department, closely followed by Toumani Diagouraga.

Karleigh Osborne is out of contract at the end of the season and, judging by the people that courted him during the January transfer window, I wouldn't hold out too much hope of him sticking around.

The rest of the squad is made up of loanees or players still finding their way in the game so there remains work to be done.

Rosler, in my opinion, has done a good job this year - by and large. But, with a season of League One football under his belt, there will be greater pressure to deliver next term.

Question is whether Benham trusts him to spend his money wisely. We wait and see.

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