It’s a challenging time at Oakwell at the moment, having lost two key players in the past couple of weeks.
George Moncur might have been in and out of the side, but his guile added depth to the squad. He moved to Luton Town not long after Preston North End moved to snap up Brad Potts. Potts had been a consistent performer for the Tykes and will be harder to replace.
Now there’s a chance that Brentford are going to make a move for Ethan Pinnock, the towering centre half who has been in superb form this season alongside Liam Lindsay. It could be another body blow in their hunt for a Championship spot.
On the field, things have been going much better. They’re unbeaten in seven League One matches, winning six of those. They’re seriously pushing for an automatic promotion spot and should make light work of Rochdale this weekend.
Here’s the XI we expect Daniel Stendel to play for the visit of Keith Hill’s struggler.
Despite the departures the side still looks very strong on paper and we expect no changes from the squad that defeated Wimbledon with ease last weekend.
Pinnock might be the subject of discussions but unless there’s a dramatic turn of events in the next 24 hours, he’ll still partner Liam Lindsay at the back. The pair of them have been excellent in recent weeks and Pinnock offers a threat at both ends.
Mamadou Thiam bagged against the Dons and he’s sure to keep his place on one flank, whilst young Jacob Brown looks set for another outing after breaking into the side. He’s benefitted from Brad Potts leaving and as yet, new signing from Yeovil, Jordan Green is not thought to be up to the levels expected in League One.
The midfield is as settled as any in the division, which is why Moncur was able to move. Alex Mowatt is a fine footballer and in Cameron McGeehan he has an able partner who can add goals. He bagged against the Dons as well.
Both strikers were on the scoresheet last weekend and they’re a traditional pairing in a 4-4-2 formation. The older set ups are beginning to fall out of favour, but Barnsley are proving if your forwards are good enough, then the traditional formations are still effective.