Barnsley boss, Keith Hill, has continued his shrewd transfer dealings with the signing of exciting Portuguese winger, Toni Silva, from Liverpool on a two-year contract. The 18-year old is the fifth player to arrive at Oakwell, this summer, as Hill looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for a place in the play-offs.

While not as well-known as some of the other new arrivals at the club in recent weeks, Silva is a player that comes with a stellar footballing upbringing, with Benfica and Liverpool already on the youngster’s CV.

Hill has admitted there is still plenty of work for Silva to do before he is the finished article, but made it clear that he believes Barnsley have a real player on their hands with the teenager.

“He’s a very talented player, but he’s still raw. We’ve watched him a few times and we’ve really been impressed with we’ve seen.”

With chances at Liverpool scarce, Silva spent the back end of last season on loan at Northampton under former Watford and Coventry manager, Aidy Boothroyd, gaining rave reviews for his performances for the League Two side, especially from fans watching the Bet365 Youtube channel.

With a transfer budget that many League One sides could more than match, Hill has worked wonders with the players he has already brought into the club, this summer. As well as Silva, Hill has already added Jacob Mellis, Ben Alnwick, Kelvin Etuhu and Mido to his squad ahead of the new Championship campaign.

If another couple of signings are added to the squad before the season gets underway, then Barnsley fans will have every right to hold genuine belief that this could be one hell of a year at Oakwell.

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