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Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel cannot help but be very pleased with an opening day victory over much fancied Fulham, but this satisfaction is not stopping him looking to further strengthen his squad, with West Brom midfielder Sam Field a player under consideration, according to Sun journalist Tom Barclay on Twitter.
Barnsley have already put in an offer to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis that was rejected, so will have to return with a loan-deal offer if they want to secure the player amid competition from Charlton, Wigan and Shrewsbury.
“I think that Field would be a useful signing for Barnsley if they managed to win the race for his signature.
“At present, Alex Mowatt and Cameron McGeehan are right up there in the pecking order at Oakwell, but there is no reason to suggest why Field can’t be a success if he signs for the Tykes.
“He really impressed me at times last season, and I am quite surprised to see that are letting him leave on loan as I thought he could do very well under Bilic.
“Barnsley fans should be happy about this potential signing.”
“I think Field could be a great addition to Daniel Stendel’s squad.
“The 21-year-old has impressed as a bit-part player at West Brom in both the Premier League and Championship over the past two seasons.
“As a young, hard-working player fits in with the ethos that Stendel appears to be looking to create at Oakwell, and he will likely be really hungry to prove himself.”
“Barnsley are a young squad and so adding a player who understands the Championship on loan looks like a low-risk, high-reward move.”
“Field is a good player but it is questionable whether he would get in the team ahead of Alex Mowatt and Cameron McGeehan in the team, and therefore it might not be a good idea to bring him in, unless to act as back-up.
“Both Mowatt and McGeehan were vital in Barnsley’s promotion winning campaign and it is clear that they are favourites of Daniel Stendel, and rightly so.
“Barnsley have a good balance in midfield with those two so it would be difficult to identify a role for Field, although if he came in alongside Mowatt he could act as a box-to-box midfielder and would be granted freedom to venture forward.
“He would be a very good option for The Tykes to have and offer competition for places and if he got a run in the team he could cement a starting place, so he would be a good signing for Stendel’s side.”