Typically, last season’s top reserve scorer almost marked his return with a late winner but his touch and movement were so impressive it looked like he’d never been away.
Martin Jol was impressed enough to include Barney in first team squads at the end of last season when he made his Premiership debut against Manchester United and appeared in three of our last four crucial games as we chased fourth place.
Back in Martin’s plans in pre-season and a goalscorer in a friendly against Nice, Barney has been left frustrated on the sidelines until returning to training earlier this month.
“It’s been a bad season for me, injured throughout, but it felt great to be back out there,” reflected the 22-year-old back at Spurs Lodge.
“I’ve had plenty of ups and downs but I’m at a great club and even being around these players is a boost every day.
“Hopefully now I’m back I might get another chance and when I was out, I would focus on that. I’ve had a taste of the Premiership and want more and that’s what drives you on when you are feeling low.”
Lee Barnard is aiming to finish with a flourish this term after finally returning from the ankle injury that has kept him out all season.‘Barney’ came off the bench for a 30-minute stint – his first competitive minutes of the season – in the reserves’ goalless draw against Chelsea at Aldershot on Monday afternoon.