After maintaining their Championship status throughout the 2016/17 season with Paul Heckingbottom impressing at the reigns, Barnsley were looking to push onwards and upwards.
15 new faces arrived at Oakwell showing the ambition of the club to maintain their Championship status and continue to drive up the Championship table.
The likes of Cameron McGeehan, Brad Potts, Ethan Pinnock, Matty Pearson and Lloyd Isgrove all arrived in what was a near £4.5million spending spree.
Another relatively unknown face to arrive at the club was FCO Dijon striker Mamadou Thiam.
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— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) August 11, 2017
He arrived having scored only a handful in France and remained a relatively unknown quantity so, although the Tykes’ fans were hungry for a new striker, they were not impressed with an unproven arrival:
8 goals in 2 seasons in French 2nd division,looks promising????????
— Rinse. (@rinseeeeee) August 11, 2017
— Oliver ???????? (@oliverrryton) August 12, 2017
— Scott Jones (@No1Jonesy) August 12, 2017
It appeared the fans may have been correct after his first campaign at Oakwell.
After 29 Championship appearances, he had just one goal and one assist to his name and never really established himself as a first team player.
Maybe it was just not meant to be for the big Frenchman. He certainly would not have been the first player to move to the Championship and not adapt.
But with Daniel Stendel the striker had a manager who was determined to get the best out of him.
He was made a star man for the Tykes at the start of the 2018/19 campaign in League One and has repaid that faith, scoring four times in 12 matches.
It looks as though Thiam will be a very useful weapon in their bid to get back to the Championship and the stunning goal he scored against Luton Town last weekend shows just how good he can be.