Barnsley have endured a season to forget so far, with Daniel Stendel’s side having picked up just five points from a possible 21 up for grabs.
Following their surprise one-nil victory over Fulham on the opening day, Barnsley’s form has been nothing short of woeful, with the Tykes having picked up just two points since then, Stendel will hoping for a quick revival in his side’s fortunes.
We took a look at THREE mistakes that the Barnsley manager has made so far this season…
Selling Kieffer Moore
Stendel took the interesting decision to sell striker Kieffer Moore to league rivals Wigan Athletic during the summer, leaving the Tykes with four recognised strikers within the squad, but none of which were as good as Moore.
A poor return for any club, and the departure of Moore will be felt heavily at Oakwell if their current form continues, particularly as Moore netted 19 goals for the club last season, making the decision to sell him even more alarming.
Not signing more experienced players
With his side conceding 11 goals and scoring just four in their favour, Stendel may be regretting his decision to put faith in so many young players, with the Championship, as opposed to League One, not as forgiving as the third division, with young players’ mistakes more likely to be punished than if they were playing in the league below.
With Stendel’s incoming transfers having an average age of just 21.4, the German may be wishing that he had kept hold of some of his outgoings that possessed a lot more experience of playing in English football as a whole, such as Ethan Pinnock and Liam Lindsay, with a large amount of the imports having plied their trade abroad before joining the club.
Starting one striker up front
Stendel has chosen to start with just one striker up front, despite possessing four within his squad, the current first-choice up top is young striker Conor Chaplin, who lacks the physical prowess to hold the ball up and bring others into play.
Stendel may wish to consider partnering the former Portsmouth striker up top with Cauley Woodrow, a player whose hold up play would compliment Chaplin’s skill set in a better way, particularly if they were played in the front two of a diamond formation, as this would help to get the best out of Barnsley’s talented midfielders as well.