MALKY: WE KNOW TYKES STRENGTHS
says current league position means little and that his travelling squad will have to be at their best in order to pick up points at Oakwell, saying, “I’ve never had an easy game at Barnsley and I don’t expect one tomorrow from Keith Hill or his team.”Malky Mackay
Barnsley have been quite active in the loan window. Emile Sinclair, Jonathan Greening and Akos Buzsaky could all make their debuts in Saturday's Championship clash, making preparation and opposition analysis slightly less easy.
“The amount of players they have brought in certainly changes what they might do; our opposition analysis has had to change as they’ve strengthened again in the last few days,” Malky admitted.
“They may change systems; they may put those new players into the system they’ve already got. Either way you look at the players they have brought in and we know who they are. It’s not like they have brought in players from abroad and we don’t know who they are. We know a lot about the players and we’ve played against them dozens of times, so we already know their strengths and weaknesses.”
Simon Lappin is expected to make his debut for the Bluebirds on Saturday and he may just be joined by a returning familiar face in Jordon Mutch.
“I’m delighted with Simon’s arrival; we needed cover at left back after Andy’s injury,” Malky added. “Young Joe Ralls stepped in very well last week, but it’s good to have brought in someone who is very comfortable at left back, someone who has got vast Championship experience and has actually won something within the Championship.
“Simon is someone who ticks those boxes as a really good professional and I’m really happy to bring him in. Jordon played sixty minutes on Tuesday night for the development side and has been training with us all week and will come up with us and be part of the squad for the game tomorrow.”