Barnsley v Yeovil: Wilson hoping new faces will spur Reds

IF the triple signing on Thursday of Milan Lalkovic, Ben Pearson and George Waring represents a collective ‘kick up the backside’ to some Barnsley players, you will not catch Danny Wilson complaining.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.

The Reds have proved their word is their bond, having fulfilled their pledge to do some January window shopping early, with the distinct promise from Wilson of more activity to come.

Wilson, who has also recently brought in Worcester City full-back George Williams and AFC Telford striker Mike Phenix, admitted it could be a case of ‘jam tomorrow’ with some signings.

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But a number may be afforded the chance of knocking on the first-team door quickly if they impress, and their arrival should have the spin-off effect of keeping many existing players on their toes as well.

Wilson, who has reiterated that Conor Hourihane is going nowhere this transfer window, said: “We certainly feel that the three additions will give us that chance to put the competition in with the rest of the lads who are already here.

“If one or two need a kick up the backside, then so be it.

“If they feel that this competition drives them on, then that is great.”

Yeovil arrive at Oakwell in 24th place in League One with Glovers, Reds and fellow relegation side Doncaster Rovers having suffered at varying stages this season.

Wilson is reading nothing into Yeovil’s lowly position, yet equally is promising that the Reds will be on the front foot after adopting a policy of containment in last weekend’s FA Cup game with Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough.

Wilson, said: “We are going to get after them, that’s for sure. We are not going to sit back waiting for things to happen.”