Barnsley have faced another tough season in the Sky Bet Championship with relegation back to League One looking more likely by the week.
The Tykes are bottom of the Championship table and seven points adrift of safety with just nine games left to play. Barnsley are yet to play Stoke City, Luton Town and Wigan Athletic for a second time this season with results against those sides potentially being pivotal in the Tykes retaining their status in the Championship for another year.
Scoring goals appears to have been a big problem for Barnsley this season as they boast the third worst attack in the division and at times have not looked clinical enough in front of goal. The Tykes have also looked poor at the back on several occasions this season as they have gone on to concede on 62 occasions in their 37 games so far this season, an average of 1.6 goals per game. Gerhard Struber will certainly have quite the task on his hands to recruit the right players to either make a push for promotion back into the Championship or to retain their place in the second tier for another season.
Here are TWO players the Tykes have been linked with in recent windows that Struber could target this summer…
Barnsley have previously been linked with Peterborough United man Ivan Toney but any sort of deal for the forward would rely on certain circumstances to have happened come the end of the current season. The move would demand that Barnsley are able to make up the points difference between themselves and safety before the season’s conclusion as well as Peterborough United’s inability to get promoted. The Posh are currently in the League One play-offs and with nine games to go they could find themselves back in the Championship next year.
Toney has a past with Barnsley though, with the striker having had two separate loan spells with the Tykes during the 2015/2016 campaign as he played his part in Barnsley winning the League One play-offs. The striker was on loan from Newcastle United and had numerous spells away from the North East before ending up at London Road on a permanent deal in 2018.
Toney would certainly answer Barnsley’s goalscoring problems as the striker has notched 24 goals in Sky Bet League One this season, which is just over half the amount of goals the entire Barnsley squad have managed together. Should circumstances allow it, Toney would be a very welcome addition to the Barnsley squad next season.
Goodliffe isn’t a name that will be known by masses of football supporters with the young defender plying his trade in the National League with Sutton United. According to Football Insider, the Tykes made an approach for Goodliffe during the January transfer window in an attempt to lure the former Wolves man to Barnsley.
His deal with the London club is set to expire at the end of the season, which would allow Barnsley to sign him on a free transfer and that would be a shrewd bit of business by Struber. Whether Barnsley are in the Championship or League One next season, Goodliffe certainly looks capable to make the step up and follow in the footsteps of both John Stones and Mason Holgate by allowing Barnsley to be the perfect stage for him to showcase his natural abilities.