A BARELY eighth-full Boundary Park may not be the most glamorous surroundings for a debut in English football.
That, though, was what Mike Bahre faced on Tuesday night after joining Barnsley on deadline day from German club, Hannover 96.
The midfielder, 23, helped the Reds kick off their Checkatrade Trophy group campaign with a 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic in front of just 1,786 fans to leave head coach Daniel Stendel pleased with his fellow countryman
“I think it was a good start from Mike,” said the Barnsley chief. “I spoke with him before the game and everything is new for him. He only had one day of training with the team so it is not easy but I think he played well.
“I know he can play better. He will help us this season, I have a lot of trust in him. I have known him for six years, I am happy he has come to Barnsley.
“He can play number six, number eight, number 10, on the wing, so he is very able in his positions. He is a good option.”
“Three or four players showed that they could play this Saturday. We have got injuries, players away on international duty, so it was good to see the fight. It makes it a difficult decision for Saturday.Barnsley head coach, Daniel Stendel
The opening group game of the Trophy out of the way, the focus at Oakwell can return to the season’s primary target of earning an instant return to the Championship.
Walsall are the visitors this weekend for a League One clash that will see Adam Davies and Kenny Dougall absent on international duty.
Another call-up in the Reds squad and the game could have been postponed but Stendel is happy with his options.
“It makes us think about the XI for the next game,” added the Barnsley head coach.
“Three or four players showed that they could play this Saturday.
“We have got injuries, players away on international duty, so it was good to see the fight.
“It makes it a difficult decision for Saturday.”