Modou Barrow – A Rising Star
Posted by Joe Bishop | Published on October 18, 2016
Modou Barrow is a name that not many people would have heard of prior to Swansea’s match against Arsenal last Saturday, and while Swansea fans have been singing his praises for a while, he has now made his mark on the big stage following an impressive performance where he almost made Nacho Monreal, one of this season’s stand out players for Arsenal so far look like a championship player. So just who is Modou Barrow?
The Gambian international arrived at Swansea in 2014 from Swedish second division side Ostersunds FK, for a undisclosed fee believed to be around the £1.5m mark. He caught the attention of the Welsh club after he scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Ostersunds. Upon his arrival he said “I like the way they [Swansea] play football, it reminds me of how I used to play back home.” He was immediately introduced into the U21 squad and later made his senior debut in Swansea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in the league, coming on in place of Marvin Emnes for the final 25 minutes. He netted his first goal in Swansea colours in the 6-2 FA Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers. Following his impressive start to life at Swansea, he signed a new four year contract, committing him to the club until June 2018.
Barrow was loaned to Championship club Nottingham Forest in March 2015 until the end of the 2014-15 season. Upon his return, he was again loaned out, this time to Blackburn Rovers on a three month emergency deal. He made his debut the day after signing for Blackburn in their 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup First Round. He was recalled by Swansea on 8th September and made 18 appearances, scoring once in Swansea’s 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth. He was the first Gambian to play in the Premier League and therefore the first Gambian to score in the Premier League, a statistic I’m sure he’ll be proud of.
Following his performance on the weekend, many people were praising Barrow on social media; https://twitter.com/mediocentroEN/status/787381237853790208, https://twitter.com/GeoffArsenal/status/787397459408523264, https://twitter.com/johncrossmirror/status/787316607185981440. It looks like Swansea are going to have to fend off interest from the top clubs in January if he continues to impress.