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Carlton Morris starts: The predicted Barnsley XI to face Fulham on Saturday



Barnsley are facing a crucial clash against automatic promotion-chasing Fulham as they aim to secure a positive result in front of their new manager Poya Ashbaghi in Joseph Laumann’s last game in charge.

The Tykes took their time to make the right appointment to replace Markus Schopp as manager and they have decided to take the gamble of appointing Ashbaghi to take over the reins at Oakwell.

Whilst he arrives with good experiences already in his managerial career working with Sweden’s under21s and IFK Gothenburg, he is still only 36-years-old and has never managed in English football before.

Considering Barnsley enter into the game inside the bottom three and four points adrift of safety after their damaging defeat against fellow strugglers Hull City last time out, Ashbaghi can not afford to take too long to settle into his new job with results needing to be picked up to avoid the Tykes getting cut adrift.

A clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage does represent a chance for some players in Barnsley’s squad to impress the new manager in what will be the final game in caretaker charge for Laumann. He will be hoping that he can bow out of his short-term spell in charge of the club by upsetting one of the promotion chasers in the Championship.

It will be interesting to see what team Laumann names for his final game in caretaker charge and it is important that he gets the team selection spot on if they are to have a chance of getting a result.

With that in mind, we take a look at the starting XI Barnsley could name at Craven Cottage…

With that in mind, we take a look at the starting line-up Barnsley could name against Fulham…

Laumann is likey to want to stick with the 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 formation that the Tykes have been used to playing during his caretaker spell in charge of the club.

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In goal, Bradley Collins is likely to start with him having been an ever-present in their opening 17 matches of the season. He will be aiming to make sure he impresses the new manager and continues to be relied upon between the sticks.

Barnsley have some issues to contend with at the heart of their defence, with Aapo Halme still unavailable and Liam Kitching looking likely to miss out of the game through injury as well.

That means Laumann could go with a back three of Jasper Moon, Mads Juel Andersen and Michael Helik for the Tykes’ trip to Fulham. It would provide a chance for the trio to show their worth to the new manager and that they can be relied upon to be Barnsley’s back three under him.

In the midfield two, Josh Benson should keep his place in the side having been a decent enough performer for the Tykes since his summer arrival from Burnley. He could be joined in the middle of the park by Claudio Gomes.

On the right-hand side, Callum Brittain is set to miss out on the game due to a one-match ban after he has accumulated five yellow cards in the Championship this season. Callum Styles could come back into the side in the wing-back role he played under Ismael last term. While down the left, Ben Williams is likely to keep his place.

Carlton Morris could be set to make a return to action and it was even suggested that he could be ready to start this game for Barnsley. He could come into the side alongside Aaron Leya Iseka and they will be key to helping provide an extra added goal threat in the final third. Cauley Woodrow would be expected to start up front.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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