On loan midfielder Sam Morsy is looking to prove a hit at Barnsley after being told his days at Wigan are numbered.
The 25-year-old watched on from the bench as the rampant Reds trounced Wolves 4-0 on Tuesday night.
The Egyptian international was a key figure in the Latics’ League One winning side after returning from a spell at Chesterfield in January, making 16 appearances in the run-in. But he decided on a deadline day loan move to Oakwell after failing to feature in Gary Caldwell’s plans and he’s vying to impress Paul Heckingbottom in order to secure himself a permanent deal with the high-flying Reds.
“I’ve come here to earn a contract; that’s the goal,” admitted Morsy, who was told to find a new club by Wigan.
“After one training session I was told I was surplus to requirements. I thought I’d be playing and then told I could go. I was very surprised but that’s football.
“They brought in a lot of good midfielders and someone had to be sacrificed and that was me.
“After hearing the interest from Barnsley it was an absolute no brainers and I did everything I could to get here.”
Morsy has just recently forged his way into the Egypt side, qualifying through his father, and he knows getting regular game time will be vital to his chances of cementing his place in the national team.
But he knows it will be difficult to usurp August Championship Player of the Month Conor Hourihane and Josh Scowen in the centre of midfield. Morsey echoed Heckingbottom’s sentiments that you cannot judge how the league will pan out after just seven games.
“They’re both [Hourihane and Scowen] having terrific seasons and that’s what you want really,” admitted Morsy.
“You want people to be pushing you and you want to be pushing people as ultimately it brings out the best in you.”
He added: “There’s a great squad here and I’m going to have to work hard every day on the training ground to get in the team.