Barnsley: Loan starlet Saidy Janko eager to make the most of Reds chance

Barnsley's Saidy Janko
Barnsley's Saidy Janko
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Loanee Saidy Janko believes Barnsley’s style of play suits him down to the ground.

The Celtic right-sided player joined the Reds late on deadline day and has since come off the bench twice for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.

The 20-year-old Switzerland international scored just three minutes into his Barnsley debut in the 4-0 mauling of Wolves.

Like many of the other new signings who came to Oakwell in the summer, Janko has pointed to the project of developing young players at the club as one of the pivotal reasons behind his move across the border.

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Janko is used to playing with a lot of energy from his time at Celtic and he feels that will help him settle in with the way Heckingbottom wants him to play.

“The style here is similar to what we played at Celtic, high energy and pressing early,” said Janko, who can play at either right back or as a right winger.

“The project here is one of the reasons I joined. The gaffer likes using young players and improving them.

“I heard loads of good things about the manager and the club and after Celtic bought in another right back I decided to come here.

“It’s like a family here. In the dressing room, the backroom staff, everybody sticks together.

“Everywhere you go there’s competition but I’m confident I can get in the side, if I wasn’t then I wouldn’t have come here.

“Wherever the manager wants me to play then I’ll play. I can play at both right back and right wing and I don’t mind, I just want to keep the momentum going here.”

Despite having British powerhouses Manchester United and Celtic, who have 67 English and Scottish top flight titles between them, on his CV, Janko does not see the Championship as a step down by any means.

The youngster believes he can still improve and he wants to return to Celtic Park as a better player at the end of the season.

He added: “I’m only young and the most important thing at this age to go out and prove yourself. I want to go back at the end of the season and be a better player.

“I think it’s a bit more competitive down here.”