Mike Bähre was the last player to arrive at Oakwell this summer, signing on-loan from Hannover and he's had a busy first week as a Reds player.
The 23-year-old midfielder made his Barnsley debut in the 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic last Tuesday evening in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Yesterday he made his home bow, starting for Daniel Stendel's side, replacing the injured Brad Potts.
In horrendous conditions the Reds were denied another league victory when Walsall substitute Andy Cook struck with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
“I think we dropped two points today,” Bähre told us post-match.
“If we’d scored the second goal then the game it would have been over. We had enough chances to get it, so we’re really disappointed with the result but we remain unbeaten in the league so it’s not the end of the world.
“We came up against a good opponent. Walsall are also in the top six, and they played well so we take the draw and we’re still unbeaten.”
Despite a less than impressive first half, Barnsley may well have got the breakthrough when Mike was seemingly brought down inside the Walsall penalty area.
Referee Hicks ignored the Reds' claims for the spot-kick.
Bähre explained that whilst he was certainly fouled, he couldn't be sure that the offence took place inside the box.
He also told us that there's much more to come from himself, after an 'OK' performance.
“I don’t know for sure if it was inside the box, but the foul was definitely a foul," said Bähre.
“I couldn’t carry on running, it was clearly a foul. But that’s football. It wasn’t my best performance today, it was OK, but I can do much more.
“I’ve only trained three times with the team, it’s only my first week here and already I’ve played two matches. I think once I get to know my teammates better, how they play, how they think, I will perform better.
“But for my first league match, first at Oakwell, I did OK and there’s much more to come from me.”
Having played under Stendel for pretty much most of his career, stretching back to his days as a youngster, Mike knows what to expect from his coaching.
But this is a differeny country and the standard of football and size of the club he's joined came as a shock to the young German.
It's an exciting new chapter for Bähre and he intends to make his mark in English football.
“I’ve been surprised!
"This is a much bigger club than I thought. It’s not like the third league in Germany, this is a very competitive division with some big clubs and quality players.
“Even in midweek against Oldham, they’re League Two but they played very well so I knew the standard to expect.
“It’s been my wish all summer to come here. As soon as the manager came to Barnsley, he told me he wanted to take me with him. He’s a big reason for my decision to join the club. It took some time to make it happen because I did pre-season at Hannover (his former club) and they weren’t sure if I should leave.
“But I’m really pleased to be here at last and like I said before, I will improve and hopefully we can achieve something big here. We are aiming for the top positions.”
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