Chelsea youngster Alex Kiwomya has signed an initial one-month loan deal at Barnsley, the Tykes have confirmed.
Kiwomya, 18, is a winger who can also play as a central striker and has been a regular for Chelsea’s Under-21’s since the age of 15, after signing from Rotherham United in 2010.
Kiwomya, whose father Andy and uncle Chris both played professional football, has been capped by England from Under-16 to Under-19 level.
The striker is renowned for his quick, direct style of play, and his ability to capitalise on goalscoring opportunities, so it could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business for Danny Wilson’s Barnsley side.
This will be the first-ever loan spell for the England Under-19 international, and he is available to make his Football League debut against Yeovil Town next weekend.
Kiwomya told the official Barnsley site: “I’m really glad to be here. I’m really looking forward to see what’s in store.
“I know a couple of the lads. I’ve played with Ross (Turnbull) and I know Mason (Holgate), they’re a great set of lads and I’m looking forward to playing with them.”
“It was number one as soon as they came in. Danny Wilson – the perfect Manager and it’s the perfect time.”
“I’m young, I want to express myself and show what I can do. I’m quick and I like movement and to get in behind to score goals, so hopefully it’ll show.”
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace defender, Peter Ramage, has extended his loan spell with Barnsley until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old has made 15 appearances so far this season, netting twice.
Ramage told Barnsley Player: “It was always something in the back of my mind to do when I first came here, to be honest”
“This was the only place I really wanted to stay.”
“I’ve had a really good time here and I hope there are more memories to come. I get on with the fans, I get on with the players and the staff. It’s just a right fit for me at this stage of my career.”
Barnsley are currently sat in 17th place in Sky Bet League One, seven points off the play-offs, but just three points ahead of the relegation zone.