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Callum Brittain offers insight into Poya Asbaghi’s initial impact at Barnsley

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Poya Asbaghi chose to sit in the stands to observe Barnsley’s 4-1 defeat at Fulham on Saturday but steps into the dugout for the first time when the Tykes host Swansea City on Wednesday evening.

Callum Brittain knows Wednesday’s opponents only too well having been involved in Barnsley’s play-off semi final loss to Swansea last season but also being a former team-mate of Russell Martin.

The 23-year-old was full of respect for the Swans when he spoke to the Barnsley club website this afternoon.

He said: “Swansea are a good side, I’ve played under the manager there, when I was at MK Dons, and played alongside him. So I’ve a lot of respect for him. I’d like to think I know what to expect from his side, but I’d also like to get one over him!”

Asbaghi’s influence meant the Tykes changed to a 4-2-3-1 formation at Craven Cottage, something that has not been seen from the Tykes in  a very long time but is set to be the Iranian manager’s weapon of choice in the relegation battle. The tactical tweak represents the beginning of the post-Markus Schopp era at Oakwell.

Brittain continued: “It’s about buying into the style, the process, and I think there’s a lot of reminding the players how good they are, about what they’re good at, and so yeah, I think it’s been a positive start. We just need to execute now on matchday.”

It will be fascinating to see how Asbaghi and Martin’s ideas play off against each other this midweek with the Tykes now four points adrift in the second tier.

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Brittain missed the trip to Fulham due to an accumulation of yellow cards with Toby Sibbick slotting in at right back. It was the first league game this season that Brittain had missed out on and therefore will be expected to start on the right side of the back four come Wednesday evening. Brittain has also played in midfield at times in his career, Wednesday evening will tell us how high the 23-year-old ranks in Asbaghi’s estimation.

It is important for Barnsley to start well under Asbaghi particularly at home or they may be cut well adrift by the time he gets his ideas across. The experience in the squad of their great escape in 2019/20 should stand them in good stead to keep believing in the months ahead.


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