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Barnsley set to shuffle pack for Carabao Cup clash

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Barnsley assistant head coach Dale Tonge has confirmed that the club are set to make a number of changes for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Carlisle United.

The Tykes suffered a 2-0 defeat on their travels against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and will be aiming to bounce back with a victory over the Cumbrians.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Barnsley could field deadline day signings Patrick Schmidt and Clarke Oduor against Carlisle with Callum Styles also in contention for a start after appearing as a substitute at Hillsborough.

Dani Pinillos and Jordan Williams are also thought to be part of the Tykes’ plans for their midweek fixture.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post ahead of the Carlisle game, Tonge said: “We will give game time to those who have not played (so far).

“It is a massive opportunity for them to impress before Charlton [Athletic].

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Having failed to make it past the first round of the Carabao Cup during the previous campaign after being knocked out of the competition by Blackpool, Barnsley will be hoping to avoid repeating this particular feat this season.

The Verdict

Whereas shuffling the pack may be considered by some as somewhat of a risky move for Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel to make, it may turn out to be the right decision if the players involved manage to maintain their professionalism.

With the Tykes currently boasting a 29-man squad, Tuesday’s fixture will offer a number of individuals a chance to showcase their abilities after missing out in the club’s opening two games of the 2019/20 season.

By producing stand-out performances against Carlisle, the players involved could force their way into contention for a place in Stendel’s starting eleven for Saturday’s clash with Charlton.

However, with the transfer window still open for League One and League Two sides, a poor showing at Oakwell by some of his players could result in Stendel allowing them to leave either on a temporary, or a permanent basis.

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