Barnsley are reportedly considering a move for Leeds United duo Mallik Wilks and Aapo Halme, as Daniel Stendel looks to prepare his squad for their return to the Championship.
The Tykes secured their promotion via a second-place finish in League One last season and the German coach will likely be looking to make a number of additions this summer to ensure survival.
According to Football Insider, Stendel is keen on a move for Wilks and Halme to add some quality to his squad.
Leeds are understood to be happy to see duo leave for the 2019/20 season, as long as they can successfully acquire their own summer targets.
Wilks spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers and was brilliant for the League One club, scoring 16 goals and creating 12 in 55 appearances.
Halme has struggled to break through into the Leeds side since he joined from HJK Helsinki in January 2018, making just five first-team appearances, but played a key role in the under-23s’ Professional Development League title success last season, making 25 appearances.
Following the departure of Liam Lindsay and Adam Davies, both of whom joined Stoke City, Tykes fans will be hoping for some imminent additions to the squad.
With that in mind, we look at three reasons why bringing the Leeds pair in could be a coup for the Tykes…
It instantly addresses the gap left by Liam Lindsay’s departure.
Lindsay was integral to Barnsley last season. The 23-year-old was a commanding presence at the heart of the Tykes’ defence and appeared 46 times for Stendel’s side.
His exit leaves Barnsley with a big hole at the back and bringing in Halme would address that need.
Replacing Lindsay will be no easy feat but Halme impressed at under-23 level last season and could be the man for the job. The six-foot-five defender would certainly be a towering presence.
It gives them additional attacking threat.
The Tykes had the fourth-lowest goal tally in the Championship when they were relegated in the 2017/18 season, so ensuring they have goals in their side should be a high priority for Stendel this season.
Keeping Kieffer Moore and Cauley Woodrow this summer is one way to that, and bringing in players around them that can create and score goals is another.
Wilks would seem to fit into that category. He terrorised teams in League One last season and if he can bring that form into the Championship he would be an excellent addition.
It leaves them money to spend on improving the squad elsewhere.
The newly-promoted side aren’t likely to be blessed with a budget comparable to some of the Championship big boys and Stendel will be looking to do everything he can to stretch his this summer.
Bringing two players in that add quality to the squad and don’t cost a thing in transfer fees is an excellent way to do that.
If Leeds can get their business done then convincing them that Oakwell is the right place for Halme and Wilks to gain some Championship experience should be easy enough.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!