Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has stressed he will try and “exhaust all options” in his search for new players before the transfer deadline
shuts on Friday night.
Speaking ahead of the Reds’ home clash with Blackburn Rovers at Oakwell tonight, Wilson admitted he is still hungry to strengthen further as he tries to guide the club out of the Championship relegation zone.
And Wilson also admitted he is trying hard to sew up loan deals which keep current loanees Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool) and Brek Shea (Stoke City) at the Reds until the end of the season.
“We don’t want to be caught short in any position going into the final run-in to the season,” revealed Wilson.
“The more security we can have in every position because of injuries, then the better it will be for us.
“So, yes, we will be looking to bring more players in [before the transfer window shuts]. Hopefully something will come to fruition.
“There’s no panic, but you’ve just got to make sure you cover yourself on all bases if you can.
“There’s still a few positions we’d like to get cover on because it’s going to be a really tough run-in for us.
“We’re still looking – and we need to exhaust all options.”
Wilson has managed to sign out-of-favour Hull City striker Nick Proschwitz until the end of the season, but McLaughlin and Shea’s deals were initially for 28 days.
“The loan window gives you another opportunity, but you don’t want to be bringing people in for a month, because ideally you’d like to have them until the end of the season,” added Wilson.
“It’s a gamble taking somebody on a short-term deal, but sometimes you don’t have any more options. The parent club is always in control – and rightly so.
“We’re trying to keep Brek and Ryan for longer, but we’ve not got anything concrete just yet. They’ve shown enough promise for us to want to extend their deals.”
The Reds were hammered 5-2 by Rovers at Ewood Park earlier in the season despite having taken the lead.
Jean-Yves M’voto was sent off and the ten-man Reds capitulated under relentless pressure.
Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, who could leave during the transfer window, and striker Marcus Pedersen are out with hamstring injuries, while Bobby Hassell (calf), Jim O’Brien (groin), and McLaughlin (hamstring) are doubts.
“Blackburn have Premier League players – and they’re a good side,” said Wilson.
“But I watched them on Saturday and there are areas we feel we can work on against them.”