Barnsley certainly fulfilled expectations placed upon their shoulders last season, as Daniel Stendel’s side romped towards promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship side.
The Tykes were hugely impressive in every area of the pitch, with Stendel taking to life in English football like a duck to water, reminiscent to the likes of German bosses David Wagner and Daniel Farke who flourished at Huddersfield and Norwich respectively.
They conceded the fewest amount of goals in League One, they had a midfield that consisted of an array of different qualities, and up front, they had two goalscorers who spearheaded the Yorkshire club towards automatic promotion.
Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow found his goalscoring form in the second half of the campaign, whilst Kieffer Moore was a threat for League One defences throughout the season.
The latter scored 19 goals in 35 appearances for Stendel’s side last term, even despite sustaining a head injury that saw him miss nearly two months of the season between February and April.
After such a clinical season in front of goal, reports have now emerged claiming that fellow Championship side Millwall have made an enquiry for the forward, with Bristol City also being credited with an interest in the striker.
It’s worth noting that Millwall have recently signed Matt Smith from QPR, a forward who possesses a similar playing style to Moore with his physical presence up top, but the Lions will still be on the lookout for another forward having lost both Steve Morison and Lee Gregory this summer.
Of course, if the Tykes hadn’t won promotion to the second tier last term, then Moore’s future at Oakwell would have certainly looked uncertain, but the player must surely be feeling like there is no reason to depart the club this summer.
With another two years left on his contract at Oakwell, Moore has found a club that he feels at home with, and more importantly, he has found a manager who gets the best out of him and gets him scoring goals on what seems a weekly basis.
Bristol City are likely to be fighting for promotion next season after already making some shrewd signings this summer, but with Famara Diedhiou impressive last term, the question about regular game-time would surely be on Moore’s head.
Would Millwall be a step up for the 26-year-old, too? The Lions fought relegation last term, and you would imagine that Barnsley are the sort of team that will be finishing near them next season.
He is so important to how the Tykes play, and with the club riding the crest of a wave after winning promotion, Moore will surely want to stick around for much longer.