Experience is key in transfer plans for Barnsley FC, says Gerhard Struber

AFTER convincing the Barnsley hierarchy to make a departure to bring in two experienced players in Michael Sollbauer and Marcel Ritzmaier in January, Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber remains hopeful that the club will adopt a similar logic in the next window.

Much has been said about the Oakwell outfit's established recruitment model which focuses on bringing in young and hungry emerging players aged 23 and under and it is one which the club will not deviate from in a significant way.

But Struber is wise to the notion of adaptation and believes that bringing in the odd senior head will further harness the talents of the club's crop of promising young talents and unlock their potential further.

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Seven players aged 22 and under lined up from the start of Barnsley's excellent 1-0 victory at QPR last weekend.

Barnsley FC head coach Gerhard Struber. PHOTO: TONY JOHNSON.

But seniority on the pitch was provided by the likes of Sollbauer, Ritzmaier, captain Alex Mowatt and Cauley Woodrow.

Head coach Struber said: "I think when you are a manager at Barnsley, you have to play with talent with players from the academy.

"Sometimes, I have a good feeling when we play with young players and sometimes, it is necessary to play with more players with experience.

"The most important thing is that we have the right mix from the right players on the field.

"We need players with the right attitude and over the whole season, we need a good mix of players with experience and players with talent and the power to grow up with players with experience.

"They grow quicker with players with the right experience. I think this, especially for the next transfer window, is very, very important.

"We have so many talents, but what we need is the right leaders on this side. At the moment, we have a good feeling together and good learning from the last few months.

"I have happy with every talent we have."