Having led his Barnsley side to a superb second-place finish in League One last season, Daniel Stendel is seemingly determined to get his transfer business done early before the club make their return to the Championship in August.
With Luke Thomas, Mads Andersen, Mike Bahre and Brad Collins all joining the Tykes in recent weeks, the 45-year-old made Samuel Radlinger his fifth signing of the summer this morning.
Brought in for an undisclosed fee from Bundesliga side Hannover 96, the goalkeeper is expected to challenge for a starting role under Stendel during the upcoming campaign.
Speaking to the club’s official website about his move, Radlinger said: “I’m from Austria, but the last eight years I’ve been on my football journey.
“I was in Hannover of course, then last year I was away on loan in Norway, which was a good opportunity for me to play there.
“So it is always nice I think to see different countries, their cultures and also to be at nice football clubs, like Barnsley now.
“So I’m very happy now to be in England and to be playing for Barnsley.”
With the shot-stopper clearly keen to make a positive impression over the coming years at Oakwell, it will be intriguing to see just how he fares next season.
Keeping this in mind, we have set out two pros as well as two cons based on Radlinger’s career to date.
Check them out below…
He was very impressive at SK Brann last season
Although Radlinger struggled to establish himself at Hannover during his eight-year stint at the club, he was very impressive for SK Brann last year.
In 22 appearances for the Norwegian side, he managed to keep 12 clean sheets which played a pivotal role in helping them achieve a third-place finish in the Eliteserien.
If he can replicate these kind of performances for Barnsley next season, he could very well prove to be a fantastic addition to Stendel’s current roster of players.
He has worked under Stendel before at Hannover
Having worked under the guidance of Stendel during the German’s time in charge of Hannover, Radlinger should have no problems with fitting in at Barnsley as he will know what is in store for him in terms of tactics.
By proving to his manager during pre-season that he can be trusted in between the sticks, the 26-year-old should be able to fight off Jack Walton and Brad Collins to become the Tykes’ first-choice keeper.
He could struggle to fill the void left by Adam Davies
One of the star performers in League One last season for Barnsley, Adam Davies kept a remarkable total of 19 clean sheets in 42 appearances, a feat only matched by one other keeper (Luton Town’s James Shea) in the division.
Yet having failed to agree a new deal at Oakwell, the Wales international decided to move to Stoke City on Tuesday, leaving the Tykes with a huge void to fill.
With the pressure now firmly on Radlinger to be an adequate replacement for Davies, it would not be at all surprising if he ends up falling short of the mark.
He has no previous experience of playing in the Championship
Although the Austrian has played in several different countries during his career, the fact that he has no previous experience of Championship football is somewhat of a concern.
If he cannot adapt to the competitiveness that the second-tier is famed for over the coming months, Radlinger may fall down the pecking order at Barnsley as they simply cannot afford to be carrying any passengers next season.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!