On 31 January, transfer deadline day, Leeds United made just two signatures by bringing in two loan wingers in Spaniard Alfonso Pedraza and Gambian Modou Barrow. It is the latter who, via LUTV, promised Leeds fans what he can bring.
All that Leeds fans will have seen to press is what can be gleaned from watching Match of the Day or via YouTube highlight reels. Now though, from the horse’s mouth, Barrow has told Leeds’ in-house media channel what fans can expect from his game and what his skill-set will bring to the club.
Whilst Barrow may face competition to break through into Garry Monk’s Leeds United side but that hasn’t stopped the 24-year-old from promising what Leeds fans can expect when they do get to see him in action.
Banking on his pace and ability, Barrow said that Whites fans can expect to see some fireworks when he hits the straps. The on loan Swansea winger said to LUTV: “They are going to enjoy watching me play. They are going to see some quick sprints, running up, taking on defenders, try to create chances and score some goals.”
Here’s what the on-loan Swansea winger has shown thus far this season in his Premier League games.
Modou Barrow – returns per 90 minutes in 2016/17 Premier League
- Completed dribbles: 1.9
- Shots: 1.2 (16.7% accuracy)
- Ball Retention: 4.4 lost balls
- Pass Attempts/Completions/Accuracy: 23.4/17.6/75.2%
- Key Passes (leading to a shot): 1.6 – 9.1% passes lead to shot
- Tackles: 1.8
- Interceptions: 0.5
- Blocks: 1.2
- Defensive Actions (total): 3.5
It is obvious that Leeds United’s policy is to employ wingers who can get the ball behind the opposition, with Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas being those employed to do so during the season so far. With the arrivals of Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow, it seems that this is a tactic that the Whites will continue with.
Barrow seems ideally equipped for that, his pace and direct running a threat that Leeds will no doubt utilise. One stat that stands out is the percentage of his passes (9.1%) that end as shooting opportunities for teammates. Should this continue in the Sky Bet Championship for Leeds, Barrow could very well prove to be a useful weapon in the second half of the season.
Stats from WhoScored – Modou Barrow player profile page – detailed tab