Barnsley: New Reds recruit eager to impress at Oakwell

Norway's Marcus Pedersen has joined Barnsley on loan.
Norway's Marcus Pedersen has joined Barnsley on loan.
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New boy Marcus Pedersen could make his Barnsley debut away to Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon.

The Reds visit Ewood Park looking for their first win of the season having picked up just one point from three outings so far.

And Norwegian international Pedersen could be thrust straight into the limelight as he looks to get his English adventure off to a flying start.

Pedersen, 23, joined the Reds on a season-long loan deal from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday.

“I have always wanted to play in England,” revealed Pedersen. “I think the game here will suit me.

“I have got a nice impression about the people here, the stadium and the training field. It’s really nice. I’m a striker. I like to be in the box, be aggressive and get involved in duels. And I like scoring goals, which is the most important thing.

“Barnsley create a lot of chances so hopefully I will be the last one on the ball to score a lot of goals.”

Pedersen has scored 50 goals in 125 career appearances and is hungry to find the back of the net for the Reds as often as he can.

“I always try to improve my scoring ratio and hopefully I’ll be able to do that here at Barnsley,” added Pedersen, who was on loan at Danish side Odense BK last season.

“There are some very big clubs in the Championship, it’s a very strong and good league. I come from small place in Norway and I was only 15 when I made my debut. It was big for me and great experience. But this is a great opportunity for me and one which I’m really looking forward too.”

Flitcroft has also moved to bring in Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt until the end of the season.

McCourt, capped 13 times and who made 90 appearances for Celtic, trained with Hibernian earlier this summer.

But he has reunited with Flitcroft, who lined up alongside the Irishman during his playing days at Rochdale and could feature versus Rovers, paperwork permitting.

Last season, Rovers completed a league double over the Reds with a 2-1 home win and then a 3-1 away victory later in the season.

And Ewood Park is not a happy hunting ground for the Reds who have failed to win in their last three outings and, in their 29 meetings at the ground, it’s Rovers who have dominated with 18 wins.

Wales international centre-back Lewin Nyatanga should return from a hamstring injury.