Austrian outlet Kronen Zeitung on Tuesday features an interview with Barnsley defender Michael Sollbauer.
The 29-year-old has just joined the Championship side, following a move from Austrian side Wolfsberger in the January transfer window.
Sollbauer has spoken about his need to adapt to English football, even though he claims to be loving the playing style.
“The strikers are machines, have great timing. Football is fast – long balls, tough duels. A change, but it is entirely to my taste,” Sollbauer told Kronen Zeitung.
He also had big praise for the amount of fans who show up for Championship games, comparing the result to that of European football: “There is always an atmosphere like in the Europa League – with 10,000 to 25,000 fans.”
Asked about the fight against relegation, Sollbauer said there’s still time to avoid it, but points out he’s the most experienced player in the squad, even though he isn’t that old.
“There are 15 fixtures to go, it will be tough – but relegation is in there. I want to go ahead, I’m the oldest at 29!”
Kronen Zeitung highlights the fact Sollbauer can speak English well, but he has a lot of time to use German, as besides manager Gerhard Struber and coach Max Senft, there are three other Austrian players in the squad: Marcel Ritzmaier, Samuel Radlinger and Patrick Schmidt.