Barnsley’s Mamadou Thiam eyes more goals after his stunner against Luton

Barnsley forward Mamadou Thiam wants more goals to add to his stunning winner over Luton at the weekend.
Barnsley forward Mamadou Thiam wants more goals to add to his stunning winner over Luton at the weekend.
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Barnsley forward Mamadou Thiam wants more goals to add to his stunning winner over Luton at the weekend.

The former Senegal youth international came off the bench to fire an unstoppable strike into the top corner as Daniel Stendel’s side secured a 3-2 victory in at Oakwell.

“I saw the goalkeeper and I know if I shoot like that he can’t do anything,” said Thiam, speaking after the Reds continued their unbeaten home run.

“We needed that because this season we have to win those games if we want to go back into the Championship.

“Hopefully I will get to 10 goals. After maybe I will get more but to get 10 would be good.”

His strike took his tally to four for the campaign after he hit just one goal from the penalty spot last term in the Championship - his debut season in England.

“It was difficult last season because I didn’t speak English,” he added. “It was difficult for me but I was happy because I love football and football here is great. Football here is the best in the world and I was happy to come here to play football in England.”

Barnsley now sit third in League One after the victory and have a game in hand over leaders Portsmouth and second-placed Peterborough.

“We have a very good team with great quality,” continued Thiam.

“This season we score a lot of goals but that was a problem for us last season. We’re happy with that and want to work to score more goals. I received a lot of messages from people back home saying they have seen the goal and I’m very happy.”

Head coach Stendel revealed the 23-year-old was close to a starting berth but the Barnsley boss selected youngster Jacob Brown to lead the line.

“I’m happy for him because he trained very well this week,” said the Reds boss of Thiam. "It was a close decision to say he is not in the starting 11.
“I spoke with him after the game and said when the performance in the game and training is the same, he can play in the starting 11 every week. 

"There’s great quality in the team and you need to fight every week to play. It was a good signal from him for the next weeks.”