It has been two months since we last spoke to Charlie Winfield about how he is finding his experience on loan with Esbjerg fB. He tells us all about the Danish side's recent form and what he has been up to in recent weeks.
We’ve won three of the last four games and it’s massive compared to where we were at the start of the season – especially before the manager came in. I don’t think we’d won a game, so, to go on the run that we have is good. Everyone is working hard in training every day and it’s a good atmosphere.
The new manager has come in and he’s spoken to everyone, told everyone what he wants and his ambitions for this season, and everyone has taken to it. We're all a lot more confident and believe in his way of playing.
We’re more possession-based, but if we need to go more direct, we’re not afraid to. We obviously press a lot with him being a German manager, which fits in with the philosophy. In the last four or five games, we changed to a 3-5-2, so I’ve been playing as a wing-back, which feels more natural because I played it a lot last year.
Hopefully I can get as many games under my belt as I can just to gain that first team experience and, hopefully, when I come back to Barnsley with these games and proving that I can play first team football it’ll give me a good chance of playing in our first team.
I’m only in Denmark until December, so we’ll have to see what happens – if I come back or stay out until the end of the season. I wouldn’t mind staying out there, unless I could come back and break into our first team, but hopefully I can continue getting the experience and some more games under my belt.
I’ve been out there for three months and, when we first went out, it was quiet because of the restrictions and it didn’t seem like that many people lived there. But it’s a lot busier now and a few more shops and restaurants have opened, so we’ve had time to go out and explore and it’s a nice place.
When we win a game, everyone likes to go out as a team and celebrate, which I think it important – it brings everyone closer together and gets everyone talking while having a good time and a laugh.
Luckily there’s no problem with the language barrier because everyone speaks English – I tried to learn a bit of Danish, but it’s very hard. But the manager, when he takes training and team meetings, it’s all in English, which is good.
My girlfriend came out for three weeks, so it was nice to have a bit of company and she managed to watch two games – we won one and unfortunately lost one. But we went out exploring in the city with Rudi and his girlfriend, into the shopping centre and stuff like that. So, it was nice.
I’m back home now until Sunday, so the plan is to see everyone – my family, a few friends and some of the lads from Barnsley, which will be good.