Danny Wilson believes pace could be the key to unlocking Barnsley’s problems.
The Reds remain rooted to the bottom of the Championship after a dismalstart to the season.
But the arrival of Wilson, and his first new signing Brek Shea – who has arrived on loan from Stoke City – has given Reds’ fans renewed optimism for the New Year.
“Pace is what we’re looking for,” stressed Wilson. “That will unlock a lot of doors for us. We need some pace in the team if I’m being quite honest. It’s nothing against the boys in the team here right now, but I’m sure they’ll agree with me.
“Pace frightens the life out of defenders. You can see what pace can do to a team.”
This afternoon provides a welcome distraction for the Reds in the form of the FA Cup.
Last season they reached the quarter-finals and a glamour clash with the then Premier League champions Manchester City.
This weekend is a clash with League One Coventry City as Wilson looks for his first win since returning to Oakwell.
And the former Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday boss has been brutally honest in his assessment that the Reds need to strengthen – or risk relegation. “I’d like to strengthen everywhere,” added Wilson. “If you look at the lack of cover in the team if someone gets injured, well, I don’t think we can say there’s not a position we can’t cover.
“Realistically that’s not going to happen, but obviously we have to prioritise [where to strengthen].
“There’s a few positions we need to look at, but the striking department is a problem. )We’ve not scored enough goals and we’ve also got to get a threat from different areas.”