The Championship transfer window may be closed, but the market remains open around Europe, allowing Turkish side Denizlispor to sign Mo Barrow on loan until the end of the season.
The winger missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Hull as he travelled to agree terms with his new team, who were promoted to the Turkish Süper Lig last season. Former Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega and ex-Leeds man Hadi Sacko are also part of their attacking arsenal.
Barrow joined Reading from Swansea City in August 2017 and signed a four year contract, meaning he’ll still have 12 months left on his deal when he returns to Berkshire next summer. He featured 83 times in all competitions for the Royals, scoring 14 goals. That’s an average of one goal every six games.
Ten of those strikes came in his debut season for the Royals, when he missed just one league game and proved vital in keeping the club safe from relegation. He endeared himself to fans by scoring late on at Leeds, and also popped up with the winner against Preston later on in the campaign. Last season, the 26-year-old was left out of the team for a period of time under Paul Clement due to an undisclosed off-field issue. Under Jose Gomes though, he netted in the 90th minute to beat Ipswich Town before scoring the equaliser the following week at home to Wigan.
Considering those memorable moments mentioned, it’s perhaps a surprise that Barrow’s exit isn’t being met by more disappointment by supporters. However, many will feel that for all his pace and trickery, the winger still didn’t produce or contribute enough - particularly last season. Whether you consider that to be true or not, Barrow was part of a team that finished 20th in the Championship in consecutive seasons.
Lucas Boyé (loan), Lucas João and George Pușcaș have all arrived this summer as Jose Gomes attempts to reinvigorate the attack, and it’s difficult to see quite where Barrow fits in. A move seems to be the best option for all parties.