Barnsley: Lee Johnson prepared for ‘crazy’ few days in transfer market

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson believes this year’s transfer window could go “crazy” before it slams shuts next Tuesday evening.

But Johnson is still hoping he can sign two more players to bolster his squad.

“This transfer window could get crazy, we could be part of a ripple effect.” said Johnson, speaking ahead of his side’s away clash with Rochdale.

“I’m happy with my squad and I’ve got to trust my group, but if we had one or two additions I do feel we’d be strong and be competing in every game in League One.

“We’re always looking and in the market, so let’s hope we can get at least one over the line and maybe two. We are looking to strengthen in all areas. Some areas of the market are tougher, but we won’t pay over the odds for someone.

“There is another phase to that recruitment, but that could come now or it could come in January. The first phase was getting rid of the dead wood and the ones [players] that were on [too much] money, and were killing us really. We wanted to get balance in the squad. We’re probably a couple players short of that, but we want options so players are competing for positions.

“If we can get to that stage with a couple more players, well then you get that environment which is really conducive to being aggressive in terms of improvement and desire to keep the shirt.

“A couple more players would also allow us to rotate in games and keep that energy, because that’s what’s needed to be successful.”

“The owner [Patrick Cryne] has been fantastic. We’re very close and we’ve talked a lot.

“We need to improve in a couple of areas to kick-start us and give us a couple more options.

“If we do get the couple we want then I feel we’ll be strong, not only in the starting 11, but we can change things from the [substitute’s] bench.

“That’s key in this division. If you can bring real quality on when other teams are tired, well that can be the real difference between winning games or not.”

Johnson is sweating on the availability of right-back James Bree for the trip to Spotland and a showdown with former Reds’ boss Keith Hill, while winger Ryan Williams remains sidelined with a groin injury.

“James Bree is 50/50 with a swollen ankle, buy everybody else is fine,” revealed Johnson.

Meanwhile, Barnsley goalkeeper Christian Dibble has joined Chelmsford City on loan for a month.