Paul Heckingbottom beat a host of clubs to land Middlesbrough starlet
Barnsley's interim boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that his contacts persuaded Middlesbrough to let him have their prized youngster Harry Chapman on loan.
The 19-year-old winger signed for The Tykes a few weeks ago and after two impressive displays as substitute, he was unleashed from the start against Walsall at the weekend - his first senior start - and he produced a brilliant performance, capped off by a sublime individual goal in their impressive 3-1 win at The Bescot Stadium.
Heckingbottom, who been in temporary charge at Oakwell since the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City, has admitted that Barnsley had to work hard to land Chapman, who became available after Boro's youngster were knocked out of the UEFA Youth League by Paris Saint Germain.
“Four or five clubs had asked for him and I found a couple of them out, because when we got him, they let me know. So that was nice," he told the Yorkshire Post.
“I know a lot up there from my time in the north east, including Steve Agnew, Dave Parnaby, Adam Reed and Craig Liddle, Graeme Lee and Mark Tinkler (at Middlesbrough).
“They know about Barnsley and how we try to play and that we have a young group.
“It is important that Harry knows his value here and that we are here to help him as much as we expect him to help us. Hopefully, we can be really good for him in his development. But, likewise, hopefully Harry can be really good for us and he can provide that little bit extra.
“If we are bringing in young players from the likes of Boro, (Manchester) United and teams like that, they know we are going to try and play football and pass the ball.
“That’s our selling point and if we can do good jobs for their lads, like we have for United in the past and they have made money off the back of us, that’s great and we are more likely to get other players.
“Likewise with Boro; if we do well with Harry as well, it’s another club and good connection and, hopefully, we can benefit off it in the future.”
Hartlepool-born Chapman is an England Under-18 international, he is yet to feature for Aitor Karanka's first-team - but is widely considered one of the best prospects they have produced in a number of years.