Date: 20th January 2014 at 4:34pm
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The January transfer window is a time when clubs usually make one or two additions and move a few players out. This one however at Oakwell appears as though it will be more like the type of complete overhaul that you see in the summer.

Often at the end of a season you can see half of the squad not offered new contracts as the manager attempts to add more quality to the squad. Doing this in January is unthinkable but it looks as though it is what new Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is about to embark on.

Four have gone already. Perkins to Championship rivals Blackpool. Dagnall to League One leaders Leyton Orient. Wiseman to League One promotion hopefuls Preston. And McNulty has reunited with David Flitcroft at Bury.

Wilson has also been active in bringing players in and has gone for experience and quality from Premier League clubs. Lawrence brings the experience. McLaughlin looks like he will be a really good player and Shea cost Stoke a few million so once he fully adapts to the Championship I expect him to show the flashes he showed on Saturday more often.

As for the players we have released well it seems Wilson has come in and come to the conclusion that very few of the current squad are good enough. It`s hard to disagree with such an assessment given our precarious position when he took over.

I do however think in some cases he has let a couple of our better players go when there are others that should be moved out before them but I know why he has done this.

Basically almost anyone is available. It seems that if there is any interest in a player then they will be allowed to leave for nothing just to get them off the wage bill and free up room for Danny to bring in his own players.

The only problem I have with this is that now every team in the country knows that they can come in for our players and they won`t have to pay anything.

This situation has been brought on by the desperation of our situation. The club are doing everything they can to stay in the Championship and that means backing the new manager and allowing him to bring in his own players. If we stay up then fantastic but if we go down it could be a long time before we return.

Most of the players coming in will be on short term deals or loans and won`t want to return if we find ourselves in League One. The players in our squad have generally come from the lower leagues and I think if we did go down then those players along with the ones we have released would be good enough to keep us towards the top end of League One if we were to go down.

However I think very few of those players will still be with us by the end of January and we are affectively putting all our eggs in one basket.

The summer will be an even bigger rebuilding job than what January will be no matter what league we end up in. I do know that it will be a lot easier attracting players to Barnsley if they are in the Championship. I also think that the board will back Danny if we are still in the Championship, however in League One I fear that his hands will be tied.

Most fans have criticised almost all of our players this season and I can see why given our position in the table. I do feel though that most aren`t as bad as they are made out to be.

Perkins has gone to a higher Championship club. Wiseman and Dagnall have both gone to promotion chasing teams. It is very possible that all three of those players could be playing Championship football next season while we find ourselves in League One.

I personally would have kept Wiseman and Perkins. I do think Perkins has been poor most of this season but he was our best player last season and it just needed a manager to get him back to basics.

As for Wiseman, only Cranie has been better than him since Flitcroft brought Wiseman back in from the wilderness and I would have liked him to have stayed at the club. It is apparent that he has been unhappy for long time so I do suppose there is no point keeping him.

Some would also counter that McLaughlin, after only one game, is a better player. I would probably agree with that. However he isn`t our player. As it stands we only have him for 28 days. I think the loan will be extended but we will only ever have him on loan.

With the clubs that those two have signed for, I do think we were wrong not to demand fees for them but I can see why the club haven`t.

Dagnall was a player that liked during his time at Oakwell. He always gave 100 per cent but was never quite good enough for the Championship.

With him and McNulty having been out on loan and no manager really picking them regularly then I suppose just getting them off the books was all that we could ask for. I also think we must question I McNulty was given a new contract to begin with.

The next couple of weeks will be very interesting at Oakwell. I expect a lot more ins and outs. Who the outs will be could be anyone`s guess as I think most players are available if anyone comes in for them. Some of the outs we might be able to guess given the amount of senior pros who weren`t injured and didn`t make the match day on Saturday.