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Striker set for extended stay

Filed: Tuesday, 10th April 2012
By: Staff Writer

Frank Nouble will remain with Championship side Barnsley for at least another month after agreeing to extend his stay at Oakwell.

The 20-year-old striker joined the Tykes at the beginning of March on a month's loan. And West Ham confirmed earlier today that the two clubs have agreed a deal allowing the former Chelsea youth product to remain in South Yorkshire for the remainder of the season.

Nouble, who has made just four appearances for Sam Allardyce's West Ham during the current campaign spent three of the first four months of the season on loan at League Two outfit Gillingham, before returning to Upton Park.

After briefly being involved with West Ham's first team he was allowed to join Barnsley, for whom he has since made made five appearances - four starts and one as a substitute.

However a happy spell it has not been, as since moving to Oakwell the Championship strugglers have lost all five matches that Nouble has appeared in without scoring a single goal.

Despite this, Tykes boss Keith Hill - who saw his side (minus Nouble, who was unavailable for selection) thrashed 4-0 at home by West Ham last Friday - has still opted to retain the services of the youngster.

Frankly speaking: Barnsley fans on Nouble

"I heard Keith Hill on a recent radio interview stating that if Nouble is available it's a 'no brainer', suggesting he would sign him - and then describe him as 'a work in progress', which basically translates to 'he is sh*t at the moment'."
- Pasta

"Nowhere near good enough for this division, but I think he'd have benefitted more with another striker alongside him. Thought big Frank was doing a good job at holding the ball up [yesterday]."
- archey

"I don't think he's good enough and hope Hill doesn't consider him in the summer."
- MarioKempes

"I thought Nouble had a good game [yesterday]. I think he looked decent."
- Dyson

"We thought it was comical that he couldn't play against West Ham. Why would West Ham stipulate that he couldn't play against them? Probably so their own fans couldn't see how sh*te he is!"
- EastStander

"Runs about a lot... or lumbers. He isn't good enough by a long shot. If he offers more than Gray in Keith Hill's eyes I reserve the right to be concerned over future transfers."
- Deetee

"He's just not good enough but you can't knock his effort and you can only ask someone to try their best."
- dreamboy3000

*Comments originally posted at v2.barnsleyfc.org.uk.

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