The 21-year-old winger is a newcomer for the Rossoblu, having been signed on loan (with an obligation for a permanent move at the end of the season) from Atalanta during the recent January transfer window.
And Barrow has made a flying start to life at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium, scoring three goals in his first four appearances for the club. He most notably made headlines this past weekend, scoring a brace of goals as Bologna claimed a shock 3-2 win away to Roma on Friday night.
The Rossoblu have taken inspiration from manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is battling Leukaemia but continues to influence the team in his insistence on a progressive approach: “I think the difference was made when we decided to play in an open and attacking way,” said assistant manager Emilio De Leo.
“This is the cultural shift we’ve been trying to enact here, the belief we can play based on our qualities even at the Olimpico against Roma, and it’s paying dividends. We have a mix of young players, but also experienced ones who help the others. The exuberance of the younger players also gives an important contribution, so we’ve got the balance right.”
Barrow’s pace and energy had certainly brought a new dimension to Bologna’s attacking play, though the Gambian international was also quick to thank his parent team Atalanta for helping him develop as a player.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Atalanta, who helped me grow as a man all the way from the youth team to the first team squad,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am really happy to have spent fantastic moments with my teammates, having played with them and getting to know them.