Barnsley boss David Flitcroft believes new loan signing Marcus Tudgay will provide that extra little spark that the Reds are currently missing.
Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Tudgay re-signed for the Championship club yesterday on an initial one-month deal.
And having impressed on loan at Oakwell last season before an injury curtailed his stay, Flitcroft is confident Tudgay is just the player he is looking for to help guide his struggling side out of the relegation zone.
“Marcus has got intelligence on the football pitch and that last bit of guile we’re missing,” said Flitcroft.
“We’ve got energy in the team, a workmanlike team, but I just think a bit of guile now will add to get the results we need. He’s probably been in my thoughts for the last three months. But with only wanting to have five loan signings we’ve had to be quite careful and strategic with whom we’ve brought in.
“It became apparent that with Chris O’Grady getting injured last week that we needed another striker. ‘Tuds’ knows the squad and knows how I want to do things. He’s someone I don’t have to spend a lot of time explaining what we’re about.
“He was in fine form for us last time until he got injured, but he’s a fine sort and good around the dressing room.”
Tudgay said: “It’s great to be back, hopefully I can carry on where I left off last season, there was no hesitation. I’ve come here to do well.”
Tudgay is expected to start alongside Marcus Pedersen in tomorrow’s home clash with Birmingham City.
But leading scorer O’Grady is definitely missing with a calf tear. “Chris wants to play, but as a manager it’s important to do right by the player,” added Flitcroft.“He will only be out for 10 days at the maximum, but I don’t want him out for any longer.”
Meanwhile, workaholic forward Chris Dagnall joined Coventry City on loan for a month yesterday. Winger Dale Jennings has joined MK Dons on loan until January 5. The former Bayern Munich midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular starting place with the Oakwell outfit this term.