Reflecting on the first month of our Sky Bet Championship campaign, Joseph Laumann believes there have been many encouraging signs in the first few weeks.
The Reds scored six points in five games in August and played some very engaging football in the process, and showed, when all goes well, that they can be unplayable that day.
“This is absolutely correct,” Laumann argued. “We could have done more; we are not happy with the points – we think we could have a few more points.
“The way we play, we’re looking forward to having a really good 90 minutes. As we saw against QPR, it was 45 very, very good minutes, but not so good in the second half.
“We’re trying to build to have a good 90 minutes, but we see that the boys are doing well and have adapted to the new style of gaffing. They’re happy with it and the effort is there, so as a coaching staff we’re happy with how the boys are doing right now.
“It’s just a process for the boys. We have the youngest group in the league, but so far they are doing very well.
Comparisons will always be made with last season as Barnsley finished fifth in the league, reaching the play-offs before sorely missed at the hands of Swansea City.
While we have captured the imaginations of English football fans for our magnificent history as an outsider, perhaps the most important thing for this talented group of players was another year of experience in the league.
This extra know-how can only be of benefit, and they can build on what they learned during the near-fairy tale end of last quarter.
“For sure it was a great season last year and expectations are rising after finishing in the top six”, continued Laumann. “We’re not just looking at the results – it’s about developing the players and developing the style we want to play.
“It’s a different style than what we played last season, so it’s going to take a little while. But this club is all about developing young players and that is our goal. “
One of our latest additions, Claudio Gomes, trained with his new teammates after being loaned out by Manchester City on deadline day.
The French midfielder is adjusting to life at Oakwell well and Laumann believes his arrival during the international break is crucial to ease his transition into the squad.
“He looks great – he’s in good shape; I think he just needs to adjust to the way we play and the guys. affirmed our assistant. “We have a great group of guys who work really well with him and he’s doing well.
“It’s always good, when you have new hires, to have a bigger break so that we can introduce them to the guys and then work on things for them, so that gives us a little time for that. they are adjusting for their first game. “
Also in the fold are summer rookies Aaron Leya Iseka and Obbi Oularé, who signed for the Toulouse Reds and Standard de Liège respectively.
The Belgian duo have moved away from Oakwell but are gradually leveling up as they aim to improve their fitness ahead of competitive action.
“They are with us; they are training and are happy to be here ”, Laumann said. “It took them a little while to get their visa, but it’s now done and we’re happy to have them here. They are doing well in the sessions, so everything is fine now.
“Every player wants to play fast – we want him to play fast, to be part of the squad. We have to see how they feel because we don’t want to risk injuries, so we are going to try to do them. adapt quickly.