Last weekend was a huge victory for Rotherham United as they defeated Cambridge United 1-0 away. A familiar name for many Newcastle fans was on the scoresheet in that fixture. Now 24-year-old Dan Barlaser scored the winner to give The Millers all three points.
Barlaser was in the Newcastle youth academy all the way back as far as 2006. At one point it appeared that he may have been destined to break into the first team, being promoted to the senior side in 2015. However, this never came to be, he went on loan to Rotherham in the 2019/20 campaign.
Following a successful spell, the Magpies then decided to sell Barlaser permanently the next season. When playing at youth level, the man from Gateshead was a right-midfielder but then transitioned into a central midfield role.
These days, Barlaser is playing as a holding midfielder for Rotherham and doing so very well. He’s earned much praise in League One as being one of the top players in the division.
Barlaser has found his calling as a holding midfielder and is thriving
At Rotherham, Barlaser has really seemed to find his feet and settled into a different position than he had at on Tyneside. Not only is he playing as a holding midfielder now, but he’s thriving there.
Many are now considering him to be one of the best players in League One currently. Rotherham are having a really impressive season which seems them top of the table in England’s third tier.
Barlaser has been instrumental in the success of The Millers. From his holding midfield role, it allows him to control much of the tempo and begin play from deep.
Playing an important part in Rotherham’s recent victory
Considering his deeper role in midfield, Barlaser has still been able to bag an impressive five goals this season. His most recent came in a 1-0 away win at Cambridge.
After 66 minutes of play, Barlaser found the bottom right corner with a well-placed shot from the edge of the box. The win sees them top of the League, however, second place Wigan have a game in hand.
Whilst probably not Premier League quality, it will be interesting to see if Barlaser will make that step up to Championship. He has played there before with Rotherham last season, but they were relegated.
With a bit more game experience under his belt, maybe Barlaser is ready to once again try and make the next logical step. At only 24-years of age, there’s still plenty of time for the midfielder and you’d think if he continues his form, a move to the Championship is on the cards.