Barnsley travel to Huddersfield Town this evening looking to keep their push for the Championship’s play-offs well on track.
Valerien Ismael’s side have been a real positive this season in the second-tier and are challenging at the sharp end of the table, which is something that not many people were expecting.
Right now, the focus has to be on winning tonight and then motoring forwards, qualifying for the play-offs and challenging for a Premier League berth.
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However, further challenges are going to be on the horizon for Barnsley with regard to the summer transfer window and getting that absolutely right, whatever the outcome of this season.
Recruitment is going to be tough once more and it’s absolutely essential that Barnsley don’t put a good year to waste by having a poor summer transfer window.
With that in mind, we take a look at TWO scenarios that the club will not want to see play out this summer…
Alex Mowatt leaving on a free
Mowatt has been the talisman at Barnsley over the last few years and is now the club’s captain in the Championship.
This season, he’s made 41 appearances, scoring eight goals and registering seven assists.
However, he’s out of contract in the summer and that’s a major concern for Barnsley.
If they can offer him Premier League football, why wouldn’t he stay? If they can’t, he might get tempting offers of a fresh start elsewhere.
It’s a worry for Barnsley, not least because their asset isn’t protected.
Priced out of Dike move
Dane Murphy has been quite bullish about the fact that Barnsley can be in the mix to sign loan star, Dike, in the summer.
That’s great to hear from a Barnsley perspective. Dike has been a revelation with eight goals in 15 appearances for the Tykes this season, but that comes at a cost.
Whilst Barnsley might be able to afford Dike, the 20-year-old’s value is only increasing and a lot more lucrative offers might be on the table for the striker in the summer.
From a Barnsley perspective, you can concede losing Dike if the footballing opportunity is greater elsewhere, but it would be a major disappointment if they failed to land him because they were priced out of a move.