It was disappointing to see one of Barnsleys most in form players leave Oakwell on the final day of the transfer window, but Tykes manager Keith Hill believes that Ricardo Vaz Te has made a mistake by leaving the club to join West Ham and warned the striker he might become "a football ghost" once again. 

The stan james review shows that Vaz Te only joined the club in the summer after his career went stale after he was fazed out at Premier League Bolton. Hill gave the out of form striker an opportunity to resurrect his career but the Barnsley manager has unfortunately become a victim of his own good work as Vaz Te has turned his back on the club to link up with Sam Allardyce who brought Vaz Te to Bolton in the first place. He joins the league leaders who are the betvictor favourites for promotion.

Asked if the player's switch was inevitable, Hill said: "Not really. West Ham have got a very good player who was a football ghost at the start of the season, sometimes players take what they want rather than what they need and he needed to stay here."

"But he decided to go and I hope he doesn't become another football ghost. He's got a lot of talent, but maybe just a bit-part player down there."

"But we didn't suffer without him, we scored three goals again. It's history now, it's over and we move on."

Hill was speaking after his sides 3-2 win at home to Derby on Tuesday night, and his team showed no signs that they would miss the Portuguese striker.

The Tykes boss added:

"We created their goals for them, we made mistakes and it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth, but I'm really pleased with the three points and the first half performance.

"I'm pleased with the way that we managed the second half to a certain degree, but those two goals were avoidable to a certain degree and we could have been found guilty of drawing or losing a game as a direct result of individual errors."

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Anonymous said...

More and more players keep taking the 'big move' and leave Barnsley just to be come no-names who end up sat on the bench or not even in the squad.

Just in recent seasons we've seen Howard, Hammill and now Vaz Te - when will people learn that we are going places?

Barnsley Matchday Drinker said...

Hammill gets some game time but we've seen nothing materialise for Howard, McIndoe, Shackell and Bogdanovic.

Goals are not our problem it's the two goals against average since October that is the worry.