Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber has suggested that the Tykes have no imminent plans to add their options at the heart of their defence, with the club not having found the right option as of yet.
Struber has been looking to bring in some extra defensive reinforcements, as he looks to guide Barnsley to safety in the Championship this season, and the Tykes need for some extra quality in defence has been somewhat heightened by them suffering four defeats in their last five league games, while they also continue to be without Bambo Diaby.
The Tykes have conceded 58 league goals so far this campaign, which is the second worst defensive record in the division behind fellow strugglers Luton Town, which has led to Struber wanting to potentially add to his defence by bringing in a free agent.
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Speaking to the media ahead of Barnsley’s trip to promotion chasing Fulham on Saturday, Struber revealed that the Tykes are not set to sign a new defender in the immediate future, with the club still searching for the right option to bring in to the club.
#barnsleyfc GS says they have no immediate plans to sign a centre half. They haven’t found the right one.
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This will be a real source of frustration for both Struber and Barnsley supporters, with the Tykes in need of adding to their defensive options to help make them more difficult to break down and cut out the costly defensive errors that have cost the Yorkshire club throughout the campaign.
Searching for free agents is never an easy task though, with a lot of players who without clubs at this stage of the season without them for a reason, an there is no guarantee that bringing in a new defender would instantly help transform their defence during the rest of the campaign.
Barnsley’s problems at the back are there for all to see with Mads Andersen in particular looking a tired figure during the Tykes’ 1-0 defeat at home to Birmingham City in mid-week, and it could be crucial that Struber does in the end manage to find a player to bring in to support his defence.
For now, though, Barnsley will be needing to concentrate on getting themselves back on track in the Championship with their existing options, with the Tykes not really being able to afford to allow themselves to lose much more ground on the teams above them if they are to survive this term.