Barnsley have had a good season so far, with Valérien Ismaël impressing since taking over at Oakwell.
The new boss has the team playing fast, exciting football, and whilst they haven’t always been consistent, fans will be looking forward to how the club can progress under the Frenchman.
As with any new manager, Ismaël will want to make his own mark on the squad, and reports have suggested that Liam Kitching could be an addition in the New Year.
The Forest Green defender, who was previously at Leeds, has shone in League Two this season. Naturally, there may be concerns as to whether Kitching could handle the step up, but we outline TWO reasons why this is a move that would make sense…
He fits the profile of the squad
The Tykes have a clear recruitment plan, which focuses on bringing in young talent who can improve. So, Kitching fits the bill.
At 21-years-old, he is only going to get better, but he has the talent to make an instant impact too. The club have a long list of players that they’ve developed from the lower leagues, and Kitching could be the latest.
He adds defensive depth
Whilst Barnsley think about the long-term with their signings, they also need players to help Ismaël’s side now – which Kitching can do.
Capable of playing at centre-back and left-back, that versatility will be very useful for what is a demanding season. Realistically, Barnsley need another defender to add depth, so this would solve a problem position.