WITH two cameos from the bench to his name, Mo Barrow is itching for a first Leeds United start.
The Gambian international arrived at Elland Road on loan from Swansea City shortly before the transfer window closed at the end of last month.
It brought a reunion with not only Garry Monk but also Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez as Burrow joined a squad that already boasted plenty of options in his preferred wide role even before Alfonso Pedrazza also winged his way into Leeds on deadline day.
Such strong competition means Burrow may have to wait for that first start but the loanee is willing to be patient.
“I played in the last game (Tuesday’s win over Bristol City) for 30 minutes after I came on which was really good for me,” said the 24-year-old ahead of today’s trip to Ipswich Town.
“But it is a new club for me and the boys are doing well so a player cannot come in and just go straight into it. You have to fit in, get to know the boys better at the training ground and on the pitch.
“I know that my time is going to come but, for me, the most important thing is to support the boys to win the games.”
Leeds head to Suffolk looking to steal a march on their rivals in the race for the Championship play-offs. Neither Huddersfield Town nor Reading, who were due to meet today at the John Smith’s, are in action due to David Wagner’s side still being involved in the FA Cup so victory for Monk’s men would be enough to move up a place to fourth in the table.
Alternatively, a slip-up by United will allow Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Barnsley to take advantage this afternoon in their own fixtures to underline how high the stakes are getting with each passing week in the second tier.
“The atmosphere is brilliant here,” said Barrow when asked about his move north. “Even at the away games. I was on the bench at Huddersfield (as Leeds lost 2-1) and now I have played at home against Bristol.
“The club is fantastic, the atmosphere is fantastic and it is different from Swansea. Swansea fans are really good but Leeds fans are always amazing. I am happy to play for the club.”
Asked if this meant possibly making the move permanent in the summer, Barrow, who has made 55 appearances for the Swans, said: “Right now my focus is just Leeds, trying to help the team as much as I can. And then, after the season is finished, I can talk about Swansea.”