Barnsley: Manchester United starlet Ben Pearson is buzzing after Reds debut

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Manchester United young gun Ben Pearson is “buzzing” after his Barnsley debut, writes Neil Goulding.

Pearson, 20, scooped the man-of-the-match award on his Reds debut as he helped inspire them to a much-needed 2-0 win at home to Yeovil Town last weekend.

And now the highly-rated midfielder, who has joined the Reds on loan for an initial month, is ready to make a lasting impression at Oakwell.

“I’ve had a good start,” reflected Pearson. “But I’ll get the more I play and get used to this level.

“It’s just all get experience what I needed and what I’m getting.

“I was buzzing after my first game, I just wanted to get through it and play well.

“It took me 20-25 minutes to get into it because I’ve never played professional before.

“It took me time to get used to the pace of the game and the physical side of the game, but once I’d done that I felt great.

“I settled myself at half-time and was pleased with my performance.”

And Pearson, who is expected to start in Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, is hungry to get even more games under his belt.

“I just want to play as many games as possible, it really is about getting the experience,” added Pearson.

“I’m going to try and enjoy my time here and see how well I can do.”

Meanwhile, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, once regarded as the brightest young talent at Oakwell, has joined Rochdale in a permanent 18-month deal.

The 21-year-old midfielder/forward has teamed up with former Reds’ boss Keith Hill at Spotland.

Hill has already signed a trio of former Barnsley players since leaving the club with defender Tom Kennedy, midfielder Stephen Dawson and winger Matt Done having followed him to Lancashire.

Noble-Lazarus has played just twice for the Reds this season, with only one of them performances having been in the starting XI.

But he played six times on loan at Rochdale this season, with three starts and three appearances from the substitute’s bench.

“He’s got outstanding qualities and I’m glad that we’ve got him signed up for next season,” said Hill, who knew Noble-Lazarus’ contract was up this summer.

“We wanted some benefit from signing him and I feel as though signing him on an 18-month contract gives the football club, Reuben and myself, the best opportunity for Reuben to express himself and to find a home.

“He can do that here with us I am sure.”

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