The Dust Settles On January For Ganaye
Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye has reflected on Barnsley's business in the January transfer window having had time to sit back and relax a little bit more over the last week since the window shut.
With 23 players arriving over his two transfer windows so far, he was incredibly pleased with the wheeling and dealing over the course of the last month but he did admit some deals got away from us, but that's always the case particularly in January as more potential deals go down to the wire and you can't do everything in such a short period of time.
Speaking to the Official Site as he sat down and reflected on the last few weeks, he explained.
'I think it has been a very busy period for us. Our main objective was to come out of this window with a stronger starting XI and I think we have managed to do that quite well. We also wanted to make sure we kept our best players and we have managed to do that as well. This window was very different from the last transfer window as in the summer it was about rebuilding the whole squad, this window was about strengthening.'
With fans making few secrets about late deals being done and people not getting through the doors early on, Ganaye added that January does make that difficult to do with clubs holding onto players until the last minute to better see how the whole window plays out and they aren't potentially cut short.
That doesn't just effect Oakwell.
'We have been one of the most active Club`s in the Championship. The January window is very different to the summer one because most of the business is done in the last few days, or on the last day as you have seen for us. That`s mainly because people don`t want to let players out until they get players in, so it`s a big circle. The FA Cup doesn`t help as well because the Premier League sides want to keep their young players to try them in that competition, that`s why McBurnie and Mahoney couldn`t be done earlier. Every Club is pretty much in the same situation.'
The window was also notable for departures, with club skipper Angus MacDonald moving on to Hull City and he felt it was a deal that was in the best interests of the player and the club.
'Angus was struggling a bit to get into the team, due to injuries, suspensions and a medical problem. When you have centre backs performing really well like Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock who have even performed above our expectations, Matty Pearson has done a good job there when he`s played and Adam Jackson as well before he was injured.'
He added that purely from a 'business perspective' it didn't make sense to have to afford a player of that 'calibre' who wasn't in the team, especially as MacDonald wanted greater game time himself.
'I think we have done a good bit of business, everyone at the Club wishes all the very best to Angus for the future.'
With Cameron McGeehan, Jared Bird, Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jacob Brown and Jack Walton all leaving on loan for spells out to help their development, again he explained it made more sense as the more football we get into them the quicker they will improve and be more able to impress themselves on head coach Paul Heckinbottom.
'A main objective in this window was also to use loans out not just loans in. All the players who went out wouldn`t have got as much first team football if they had stayed at Barnsley and again we needed these players to play so we`re happy with that. Our objective was for them to get as much football as possible so we wanted to do this very early in the window.'
Of course with last night's news of Paul Heckingbottom being linked with a move to Leeds United, that would put a different reflection as cross club swaps if it proves to be true.