There was a great deal of excitement surrounding Emmanuel Frimpong's debut for Barnsley on Feb. 1, but that excitement quickly turned to shock as the Ghanaian midfielder was sent off to start his career with the Tykes.
According to Barnsley's official Twitter account, Frimpong was showed a red after picking up his second yellow in the 30th minute against Sheffield Wednesday:
RED CARD! Frimpong's debut is over as he gets a second yellow card after 30 minutes. 0-0 #SWFCVBFC— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) February 1, 2014
This comes just one day after Barnsley completed a transfer deal with Arsenal, per the Gunners' official website.
Frimpong initially came to Emirates Stadium with a great deal of promise, but he never lived up to it in limited playing time at Arsenal, nor did he come through in three separate loan spells.
Despite the notion that he was misused by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Frimpong wished his former team well as he made the move from the EPL to the English League Championship:
AFC thank you for the memories thanks for the support thanks for the Love.I wish the team wins the league this year.Forever will be in my ❤️— Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) January 31, 2014
As evidenced by a comical tweet courtesy of Squawka Football, Frimpong had no live game action this season ahead of his debut with Barnsley:
Emmanuel Frimpong's stats page before today this season is a pretty good joke, actually. pic.twitter.com/T9CFAd3uDT— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 1, 2014
Interestingly, he talked about getting off to a good start with his new club, according to The Independent, but just the opposite occurred:
It will be difficult, but it's very important you start off well and make sure your first game is a good game. I am quite confident I can do that. It's football and no matter where you go you have to respect your opposition. There are some very good players in the Championship.
Barnsley currently find themselves in the relegation zone, as they are in 23rd place with 21 points. They were obviously hoping that the 22-year-old Frimpong would provide a positive spark right off the bat, but that clearly didn't come to fruition.
Will Frimpong ultimately help Barnsley avoid relegation?
This season has been a nightmarish one for the Tykes, and Frimpong's immediate ejection was a microcosm of the way things have gone for them.
With or without him, Barnsley are in a very difficult spot. They are just one point from hitting rock bottom in the standings, and they are five points out of the safety zone. Frimpong didn't show any signs that he is the man to turn their season around.
The 2013-14 campaign is looking more and more like a lost cause for Barnsley, and a trip to Football League One in 2014-15 is a very real possibility.
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