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Barnsley Boss: Thomas's Attitude Not Really Professional
Thursday, 21st Jan 2021 16:13

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael has hit out at new Blues loan signing Luke Thomas for showing a “not really professional” attitude prior to his departure from Oakwell.

Thomas, 21, joined Town for the remainder of the campaign on Tuesday having become frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities with the Tykes this season.

“Luke Thomas was unhappy,” The72 reports Ismael said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Norwich City.

“This attitude was not really professional at the end, and that’s why he wanted to leave.

“I think it was a situation for us to work with players who want to stay, work with us and be positive. We wish him luck in Ipswich but he is still a Barnsley player.”

Ismael isn’t ruling out Thomas, who is contracted to Barnsley until the summer of 2023, having a future with the South Yorkshiremen, however.

“We will see what happens,” the Frenchman added. “I will focus on the players who are here, and this is the most important thing.”

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Suffolkboy added 16:25 - Jan 21
Oh dear me !? A personality clash , or a real problem ?Not the patter we must all hope !

ThaiBlue added 16:26 - Jan 21
Get the new lads straight in thats why we got them here,the season starts saturday v posh 3-1 home win i think.

Marcus added 16:34 - Jan 21
Sounds like a personality clash more than a bad 🍎. Sometimes a new environment is all that's needed and there Ipswich dressing room is full of smiles, isn't it?

dirtydingusmagee added 16:41 - Jan 21
oh dear , never mind. ITFC is happy ship,he will fit in just fine.

Europablue added 16:50 - Jan 21
I'm very suspicious of a manager who is happy to air his dirty laundry in public.

MonkeyAlan added 16:51 - Jan 21
Just what we need, another one just ticking over on their nice salary. Not giving a hoot.

blues1 added 16:54 - Jan 21
So the barnsley manager thinks a player not being happy at not being given enough playing time, is being unprofessional? Hes not said the players done anything wrong, just that hes unhappy. I'd think a manager would like it if a players not happy at being left out. Shows he wants to play.

OwainG1992 added 17:13 - Jan 21
That doesn't sound like the kind of Manager I'd want in charge of my club.

EatonBlue added 17:34 - Jan 21
I wish the Barnsley manager every success in the Cup at the weekend but no success after that.

pennblue added 17:36 - Jan 21
The fact that he is unhappy to sit on the bench speaks volumes, and can only bode well. At the end of the day, we need a team of players that want it.

ghostofescobar added 17:39 - Jan 21
No player likes sitting on the bench. If he plays, he'll be happy.

TractorRoyNo1 added 18:00 - Jan 21
Obviously wanted to join a proper club, rathervthan a Yorkshire pub team

wiggy71 added 18:01 - Jan 21
Looks like we have a player who wants to prove someone wrong

PortmanTerrorist added 18:11 - Jan 21
People leaving any business or team is a routinely difficult time. Put him straight into the first team and give him the chance to stick it to his old boss for going public with this non-story. COYB

Theipswich added 18:23 - Jan 21
This will pan out a pleasant surprise or a Chopra...clearly we are more than able at picking up other clubs' cast offs

Bergholtblue added 18:38 - Jan 21
Clearly a lad who wants to play and was frustrated at the lack of opportunities at Barnsley.
Let's hope he doesn't think he can just walk into the team as he needs to hit the ground running. If he doesn't and Lambert leaves him out I can see it turning out sour here too.

jas0999 added 19:18 - Jan 21
Let’s just see how that lad does. Sadly, in any job, it doesn’t always work out - could be the case for him at Barnsley.

billys_boots added 19:20 - Jan 21
Or good management? See if it motivates the lad and if he comes back successful, happy days. If not and he’s not in the Barnsley team anyway, who cares? We don’t know what private conversations Ismael has with lad.

runningout added 19:29 - Jan 21
We are and never have been in a position to start flattering ourselves. I worry what’s going on in the heads with some of our posts

tetchris added 19:50 - Jan 21
I’m assuming loan players have to have a Covid test that is negative before they can train or play for a new club🤔

Pendejo added 00:49 - Jan 22
All about chemistry.

A certain Andrew Cole was sent out on loan by Arsenal for similar reasons, did his career the world of good. And he wasn't coached by a Champions league winner... Unlike us.

Stop laughing I can see your smirking.

stiff_talking added 02:29 - Jan 22
This sounds like perfect position for Ipswich

Barnsley are bot letting him go over his ability to play

He can prove everyone wrong in next 12 weeks

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 06:01 - Jan 22
I wouldn't read too much into this.

dirtydingusmagee added 09:04 - Jan 22
let him do his stuff and hopefully middle finger Ismael. There was no need for him to say that, it benefits nobody.

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