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3 Barnsley players from the Heckingbottom-era that would walk into the class of 2019/20



Barnsley are currently fighting for their lives in the Championship table as they look to avoid relegation back to League One. 

The Tykes have somewhat ‘bounced’ between the second and third-tier in recent seasons having spent three of the last six seasons in the Championship and three in League One.

Following Lee Johnson’s departure from the club in February 2016, former Tykes defender Paul Heckingbottom was given the manager’s role initially on a caretaker basis.

Under Heckingbottom, the Tykes scraped into the play-offs on goal difference and would defeat Millwall 3-1 in a thrilling encounter in the play-off final at Wembley.

Following their return to the second tier, Heckingbottom would oversee a very stabilising season with the Tykes finishing in a respectable 14th place.

Heckingbottom would eventually leave Oakwell for Leeds United in February 2018, but during his time at the Tykes did build a memorable squad.

Here we take a look at three players who would walk into the current Barnsley side…

Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane joined the Tykes back in 2014 from Plymouth Argyle and went on to make 134 appearances for the side.

In total, the 29-year-old scored 31 goals and managed 48 assists during his time at Oakwell, with 25 of his goals coming in Heckingbottom’s time at the club.

In January 2017, the midfielder left for Aston Villa and was a key player in their promotion-winning campaign last term, scoring seven goals and chipping in with 12 assists.

This season, the 29-year-old has played a role in Villa’s quest for Premier League safety and would no doubt walk into this current Barnsley side, that would happily welcome his goal contributions.

Ryan Kent

23-year-old Kent had a loan spell with the Tykes as the finished 14th in the 2016-2017 Championship season under Heckingbottom.

The Liverpool academy graduate turned out 44 times for the Tykes scoring three goals and adding three assists during his season at Oakwell.

Kent would be crowned Barnsley’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ for the 2016-2017 season and would go on to have loan spells at SC Freiburg, Bristol City, and Rangers, before joining the latter on a permanent deal over the summer.

The 23-year-old is enjoying a fruitful campaign with Steven Gerrard’s men and given Barnsley being one of the lowest scorers in the division, there is no doubt Kent would walk straight into this current Barnsley side.

Josh Brownhill

Another current Premier League midfielder, who played a role in Barnsley’s 2016 promotion-winning season is current Burnley man Josh Brownhill.

Brownhill spent the 2015-2016 campaign on loan at Oakwell from Preston North End and would score three goals in 26 appearances for Heckingbottom’s men.

After impressing over a three-and-a-half-year spell at Bristol City, Brownhill earned a move to Burnley in the recent January window.

With Alex Mowatt being one of Barnsley’s main men in the centre of the park so far this term, there is no doubt Brownhill would complement the ex-Leeds man nicely and walk straight into this Barnsley side.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 3 Barnsley players from the Heckingbottom-era that would walk into the class of 2019/20

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