Barnsley will be satisfied with their performance in the 2016/17 season, their first campaign in the Championship following two years in the third-tier, but Paul Heckingbottom now faces a tough task next season.
The manager will no have lofty expectations to hit, and is likely to be demanded to push for the play-offs – which sounds unlikely – however, it’s clever business in the transfer window that gets you points in most scenarios, not money.
Marley Watkins departing Oakwell won’t help the cause, but to find the creativity touch that the Tykes have been reliant on over the last eight to nine months they will need to look closer to home.
20-year-old Adam Armstrong was a prominent figure in the first-team throughout the majority of last season and he didn’t disappoint the onlookers, and there’s statistics to prove that.
The Newcastle United attacker was on loan at Barnsley following an impressive campaign at Coventry the previous year, and made a point to the Magpies early on, being pivotal in the club’s rise up the Championship table.
Overall, Armstrong provided four assists and bagged six goals – most were early on as the striker faded as the term went on – although it’s that eye for goal which means Heckingbottom must try his best to bring the centre-forward back to Oakwell in the summer.
They could even attempt to buy him permanently, though it is uncertain how much the Toon will demand for the striker’s services.
Barnsley supporters, has Adam Armstrong done enough to warrant being a transfer target this summer? Would you even welcome him back? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!