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At this stage of the summer, how will Barnsley fare in the Championship next season?



The summer of 2017 has been an extremely busy one thus far for Barnsley and their manager Paul Heckingbottom, with a number of comings and goings at Oakwell since the season ended for the club at the end of April.

Seven new faces have been welcomed to the south Yorkshire club this summer, and Heckingbottom has worked hard to improve his squad and prepare them for another season of second tier action.

Cameron McGeehan has joined the club from Luton in Heckingbottom attempt to replace Conor Hourihane, who left for Villa in January, and young defender Liam Lindsay has joined from Partick Thistle looking to fill the void left by Marc Roberts, who has gone to Birmingham.

The further additions of Lloyd Isgrove, Zeki Fryers, Ethan Pinnock, Jason McCarthy and Stephen Mallan will further excite Tykes fans, who will hope their side can emulate the mid table finish they secured comfortably last season.

Losing Roberts and goalscoring winger Marley Watkins will have been a disappointment to Heckingbottom, but with their departures expected long before the season ended, contingency plans were already in place.

Despite losing two key performers, Heckingbottom has moved swiftly and effectively to bring in suitable replacements, and his behaviour and attitude towards the transfer market will have impressed those in the league.

McGeehan is a highly rated young midfielder with bags of potential, and will undoubtedly continue his fine form he showed at Luton in the Championship.

Recovering from a broken leg picked up in January, McGeehan will enter the pre-season period hungry and ready for action, and his desire to be a successful professional will benefit the squad no end.

Despite several key losses, Heckingbottom has improved his squad this summer, and with just under two months of the transfer window remaining, we may see several more signings at Oakwell before business comes to an end.

Barnsley should be relatively comfortable again in mid table next season, but are unlikely to challenge much higher than their 14th place finish earned last year.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: At this stage of the summer, how will Barnsley fare in the Championship next season?

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