Some Brentford fans have been vaunting the talents of their 19-year-old goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson on social media, as the youngster completes a loan move to Southend United.
The Iceland U21 international has joined Southend on an emergency seven-day deal, as stated by Brentford’s official website. League One’s 22nd-placed side had been in the midst of a goalkeeper injury crisis, as the Bees’ website goes on to explain, stating that 18-year-old Callum Taylor, remained Southend’s only fit goalkeeper. As a result, Brentford’s Icelandic youngster has joined the Blues on a short-term deal.
19-year-old Gunnarsson originally joined the Bees from Icelandic side Breidablik Kópavogur in 2018’s summer transfer window. Though he has featured mainly for Brentford’s B side since his arrival, Gunnarsson has already played 15 minutes of Championship football for the Bees, making his debut as a substitute versus Middlesbrough in March 2019.
Upon the announcement of his emergency loan deal, some Brentford fans have praised the quality of the young goalkeeper on social media. Read the praise of some Brentford fans for Gunnarsson in the tweets below.
Do you rate Patrik Gunnarsson's potential?
YES, GUNNARSSON CAN BE A BIG PART OF BRENTFORD'S FUTURE
NO, GUNNARSSON DOESN'T HAVE THAT MUCH POTENTIAL
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) February 20, 2020
Good luck, should be really good experience for him. Excellent prospect
— Peter Howe (@phathowe) February 20, 2020
— This is my arena (@BGenworld) February 20, 2020
I really rate him mate, he's young but whenever he's played for the first team he's looked the part
— Toby (@tobyjamez) February 20, 2020
@rickijones you’re welcome….this boys quality
— Lee Emmerson (@LeeEmm1) February 20, 2020
Yeah he’s got potential for sure
— Josh??????? (@JoshMann120) February 20, 2020
Why don't you want him?? He's a fantastic young player
— KBees37 (@Bees37K) February 20, 2020
What do we think?
Though Gunnarsson has featured in 31 games for Brentford’s B team (according to the Bees’ official website), this short-term move to Southend may provide Gunnarsson with a valuable opportunity to gain some valuable senior football experience with the League One side.
The Iceland U21 international “will be available” for Southend’s game versus Burton Albion this coming Saturday, “subject to FA clearance”, according to the Blues’ official website. Should the Brentford man get the nod ahead of Southend’s Taylor, he may have a good opportunity to show his quality in League One for the relegation-battling side.