Date: 6th September 2016 at 3:44pm
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It came as somewhat of a surprise to see summer signing George Moncur leave Oakwell on deadline day.

The 22 year old midfielder joined League One side Peterborough on loan until January.

Despite failing to make an impact so far with the reds and having not featured in any capacity since the League Cup defeat to Northampton, I still found this a strange move with him having only just arrived and his record for Colchester suggesting it would only be a matter of time before he settled in to Championship football.

Also, although our starting midfield is strong, we don`t quite have as much squad wise in that are as we do in other areas.

Obviously there is more to it. Moncur told BBC Radio Sheffield shortly after his loan switch that he was hoping he could do enough to make the deal permanent in January.

So what has happened? Has he just not settled in Barnsley both the place itself and with the team? Did Hecky actually even want him or was he just a signing that fit the ‘young, hungry, potential sellable asset` criteria of the club and signed by the Chief Executive or Chairman?

Or could it be the case that with the money we had available at the time he was the best option we could get and now we have sold Mawson and have the Stones money we can attract players at the next level up to Moncur?

I don`t know the answer, but I do like to speculate. Any of the above could be the case or maybe even none of them but it certainly is one of the strangest bits of transfer dealings we have done.

We do sign many players for the development squad who are almost immediately loaned out but that is to develop them as footballers and so they will hopefully come back and challenge for a place in the team.

Moncur was signed as a first team squad player. I can sort of understand him going out for game time with how we have started the season but to already be talking about a permanent move away cries of a falling out, possible home sickness or perhaps a lack of determination to fight for a first team place.

I do hope he is a success at Peterborough and whether that is so he returns to Oakwell and benefits our team or whether it means we can cash in, as long as he is a success there and we can do one or the other.