BARNSLEY have secured their second signing of the January transfer window after bringing in highly-rated teenage German right-back Kilian Ludewig on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.
The 19-year-old has joined the Championship strugglers on loan for the rest of the 2019-20 season and becomes the second player who was playing in Gerhard Struber's homeland of Austria to head to Oakwell this week following the capture of Wolfsberger midfielder Marcel Ritzmaier.
Austria-born players Sami Radlinger and Patrick Schmidt are also at Oakwell, having joined the club last summer. Ludewig has also played for Salzburg's feeder club FC Liefering after previously spending time at RB Leipzig.
“I know the trainer here, Gerhard, he called me and asked for me to come," said Ludewig. "We have worked together before, this was important for me as I like his style and his discipline, we will work well together again.
“Barnsley is a very traditional club, I have been watching videos of the fans and I liked this. I enjoyed how the fans feel when Barnsley score, I like to watch the celebrations and it feels like a close connection. I am now excited to play my first game, it is a big game against a local team so we hope to win this game.”
On his new signing, Struber added: “He is one of the biggest talents in the German youth football, especially from the defence. "He has a great mentality and wants to grow up with us, to continue learning his game.
"I have coached him before in FC Liefering and I have a lot of trust in him. He’s very quick, strong and also offers nice passes."