Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 22 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 4(0) *
Our first summer signing, arriving before the end of our play-off campaign, seems slightly oddly timed. The timing of Zain Westbrooke’s signing though indicates that he is someone who is not expected to be immediately involved in first-team action. The likely departure of Tom Bayliss over the summer could well improve Westbrooke’s first-team prospects if he has a strong pre-season, but the length of the deal indicates that the club believe that Westbrooke is someone who can develop over the medium-to-long-term, having impressed on trial.
In terms of playing style, Westbrooke seems to be a box-to-box midfielder, and there is a suggestion from those that watched him during his trial that he is similar to Tom Bayliss. While Westbrooke has struggled to make an impact at first-team level thus far in his career – just one first-team appearance for Brentford and two underwhelming loan spells in the National League – his pedigree with Brentford’s B side, where he was captain, suggests he has the technical ability to do well in the game. Nonetheless, the most important thing is his application and ability to take first-team chances when they come his way. Will he be able to do so? We can only wait and see.
*As of 02/02/2019