Barnsley have started the current campaign relatively well despite undergoing a change of manager so early on in the season, with new man at the helm, Valerien Ismael having led his side up to 13th in the early Championship standings.
This underlines the fine job that the new man has done since coming in for Gerhard Struber who departed for pastures new with New York Red Bulls.
Ismael has worked wonders with the squad at his disposal and will no doubt be hopeful of being given the opportunity to bring in some transfer targets of his own in the new year when the January window swings open, with the Premier League loan market sure to be of interest to the Tykes.
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Here, we have identified TWO players who Barnsley could try and sign on loan from the Premier League in January…
Emile Smith Rowe
A talented and versatile attacking talent, Smith Rowe has once again found himself largely out of favour at Arsenal this season and could well benefit from being loaned out once again by the North London club.
He would fit seamlessly into Barnsley’s current system due to his ability to slot into various forward roles in the final third, whilst he would also add some much needed creativity.
A solid run of games would do the wideman the world of good as he is yet to really make his mark at senior level despite taking in temporary spells with the likes of RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town over the last few years.
With Gabriel Martinelli also returning to full fitness, he could well slip down the pecking order even more at the Emirates and for that reason a move to Oakwell and subsequently back to Yorkshire could benefit the youngster.
Another Arsenal youngster who could benefit from more regular game time at Football League level, Balogun has recently burst onto the scene under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, with the pacy striker notching his first two professional goals in the Europa League.
Despite making his breakthrough at the Emirates, the talented forward will want to be playing more regular football before attempting to nail down a spot in the starting eleven at Arsenal and for that reason the 19-year-old could well look for a temporary move come January – following on from the same path his teammate Eddie Nketiah has taken.
Cauley Woodrow is far and away Barnsley’s leading goal scorer and main threat in the final third and could do with some extra support in order to reduce that burden upon his shoulders as the season moves into the new year.
The loan signing of Balogun would not only add goals but also pace to the Barnsley attack that would no doubt benefit what is an already talented front line.