The signing could well be a stroke of genius from the Tykes’ manager, Keith Hill, who has proven to have a real knack for working miracles with enigmatic and erratic strikers; Ricardo Vaz Te stands out as a recent example.
Reading Mido’s C.V. may take a healthy chunk of an hour, but it proves the Egyptian’s superb calibre.
Ajax, Roma, Marseilles, and Tottenham have all seen the best and worst of the talented forward, with live football fans rightly excited about seeing how well Mido takes to life in the wetter, cooler surroundings of Yorkshire.
Many think that Mido is edging towards the end of his colourful career, mainly due to the fact the striker has played for so many clubs, but the fact is that, at just 29-years old, the Egyptian still has plenty of years left in him, if he wants it enough.
It remains to be seen how long Mido will spend at Barnsley – he reportedly sees the move to Oakwell as a stepping stone - but if Hill can squeeze the performances out of the Egyptian, few will mind if the charismatic Mido is only at the club for a season, especially if it results in a place in the play-offs.
Barnsley are currently 66/1 to win the league, next season; Tykes fans placing a bet on the Championship will be eager to see if Mido can haul the club up the league in 2012/2013.