Barnsley: We know exactly what new boss Dan wants from us says Potts
NewÂ Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has been drilling his style into the Barnsley squad says Brad Potts.
German gaffer Stendel has been with the players for nearly three weeks and, alongside coaching staff Christopher Stern and Andreas Winkler, he has been getting the squad used to his ultra-attacking, high pressing style adopted by compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
The Reds have already sold Christoph Knasmullner, Matty Pearson and Stevie Mallan this summer with potentially more outgoings expected as Stendel further assesses who suits his style of play.
“He’s been good,” revealed Potts. “Obviously him, Chris and Andreas have come in and they’ve told us what they want.
“We had a presentation on the first or second day and all the lads seem to be enjoying it.
“We just need to keep it up and hopefully we’ll have a successful season.
“The sessions have been intense, he wants us working really hard. Whenever we’re out of possession he wants the ball back straightaway and he wants us to counter quickly.
“I think with the players we’ve got here that style of play could suit us.”
Barnsley implemented a similar system the last time they got promoted from League One.
Paul Heckingbottom steered a sinking ship away from relegation and allowed the likes of Sam Winnall, Ashley Fletcher, Conor Hourihane and Adam Hammill to flourish.
However, Lloyd Isgrove - who struggled with injuries last term - is the only outfield player still in the ranks from that group of successful players.
Fans’ favourite Hammill was released at the end of last season following the Reds’ relegation back to the third tier.
So new heroes will have to step up this season and come to the fore if the club are going to win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Meanwhile, Reds youngster Dylan Mottley-Henry is hungry to push on this season after loan spells away from the club last season, as well as the end of his season being blighted by injury.
"It's been tough coming back from surgery and having almost six months out,” admitted the 20-year-old midfielder. “But I feel I'm getting there, back to my full potential.
“I'm not looking to go back out on loan this season, I want to be in and around the Barnsley first team, that's where I see myself.
"I think I'm ready for that, ready to step and raring to go."