Barnsley: Joe Rothwell outlines his qualities after arriving at Oakwell

Joe Rothwell
Joe Rothwell

Barnsley new boy Joe Rothwell believes he can bring plenty of flair and drive to the heart of the Reds’ midfield after joining on loan from Manchester United.

The 20-year-old was thrown straight into the starting line-up against Mansfield on Saturday, just hours after his move to Oakwell was finalised.

He impressed alongside fellow United man Ben Pearson, and also started three days later away at Kilmarnock.

Rothwell anticipates that his direct playing style will create a lot of opportunities for his new team-mates during the upcoming season.

“I like to get on the ball and drive forward and set up attacks,” said the former Blackpool loanee.

“My main asset is driving past players, beating players and bringing others into play. I’m trying to add a few more goals so hopefully I can do that.”

A number of Barnsley’s summer signings have highlighted manager Lee Johnson’s vision and style of management as a major factor in their decision to join the club, and Rothwell was no different.

“I knew that Lee wanted me to come and when I spoke to him he seemed really positive,” he added. “I’d like to come here and see for myself. It can only be a valuable experience to myself for the future and my career.

“Obviously I want to get in the team and stay in the team. Hopefully I can pick up as many games as I can and we can get as high up the table as we can.”

The Manchester United pair come as a ready-made midfield duo, having learnt each other’s games inside out during their formative years with the Premier League side’s youth academy.

Rothwell believes that he and Pearson can display that partnership at Oakwell this season.

“We’ve grown up together since we were around 8. We’ve come through all the age groups together so I think we have formed a good bond and a good partnership, and hopefully we can show that here.”

Meanwhile, Pearson is planning to do all he can to help his close friend settle in quickly at the club.

“It’s always good to come on loan with someone you know, it helps you settle in,” admitted the playmaker, who made 22 appearances for the Reds in the second half of last season.

“Obviously me coming last year helped me massively because I already know a lot of the players, and hopefully I can do that with Joe as well. Hopefully I can settle him in the same way I needed to last year.”