Championship side Barnsley have completed the signing of Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith on a loan deal, which will last for a period of one month. This is the second signing that Barnsley have made in this January transfer window, which has so far seen limited activity from the top clubs in Europe and in England. Stoke city midfielder Michael Tonge has already signed for Barnsley in a similar loan deal, and Korey Smith’s arrival to the team will only strengthen their chances of securing a place close to the play-offs position. Korey Smith and Michael Tonge’s arrival will also add strength to the squad, which has suffered due to injuries to Danny Drinkwater and Jacob Butterfield.
Both Danny Drinkwater and Jacob Butterfield are extremely key to Barnsley’s way of playing. Manager Keith Hill said that he was extremely disappointed with the fact that he had to contend without the services of Danny Drinkwater and Jacob Butterfield for quite a while. However, he will have been more than extremely delighted to secure the signings of Korey Smith and Michael Tonge during this difficult time for the club in terms of injuries. Korey Smith has so far seen only limited playing time for Norwich city, and he will be looking forward to getting some much-needed playtime at Barnsley.
So far, he has made just one appearance for Norwich city this season. It came in the 4-0 defeat at the hands of MK dons in the Carling cup earlier in the season. However, Korey Smith was a crucial member of the Norwich city team that secured promotion from the lower leagues a few seasons ago. Barnsley lost their latest match against Millwall in a 3-1 score. However, there are only seven points behind Birmingham city in the Championship.