Even the most pessimistic Barnsley fans would not have predicted a start to the new Championship campaign like this, with the highs of last season now a distant memory.
The Tykes are currently 23rd in the second-tier standings and sit four points from Cardiff City in 21st.
Barnsley are also on the lookout for a new manager, after Markus Schopp was relieved of his duties just 15 games into the Championship season.
Given the quality in the squad, Barnsley can certainly get out of the difficult position they currently find themselves in and go onto enjoy some success in what remains of this Championship campaign.
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However, with the international break giving The Tykes some time in their managerial search, we thought we would put together our version of Barnsley’s best squad in the last five years.
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Brad Collins has been an excellent addition at Oakwell ever since his 2019 move from Chelsea, adapting to Championship superbly. His shot-stopping abilities, coupled with an excellent reading of the game, make him a really quality option.
Michal Helik becomes the second player already from Barnsley’s current squad to feature in this eleven, but the dominant Polish international certainly is deserving of a spot.
Just about edging the time period restrictions of this team is Alfie Mawson, who emerged as an integral member of the squad during the 2015-16 campaign – a year where Barnsley won promotion to the Championship, and also won the Football League Trophy.
Ethan Pinnock is the third centre-back in this side, who like Mawson, has helped The Tykes win promotion to the second-tier.
Callum Brittain and Callum Styles operate as the wing-backs in this team, with the former proving to be a real source of energy, and is a relentless worker in this Barnsley side. His end-product has certainly improved since joining and with the right manager in place, he could go on to thrive.
Styles is also a fast-emerging, exciting talent within the squad, and has the potential to reach the Premier League. He does prefer playing as a central midfielder, but his best performances came last year as a left-wing-back.
Alex Mowatt orchestrated the vast majority of attacks that Barnsley put together over the past few years, and was fully deserving of a move to the top end of the division.
Romal Palmer is another player who shone last season and has the ability to hit the heights of the Premier League, although, he will need to prove himself to whoever the next manager may be.
Operating slightly ahead of the midfield duo is Conor Hourihane. He is yet to make much of an impact at Sheffield United, but he made an immense impact at Oakwell during his time in Yorkshire.
Adam Armstrong has gone on to achieve excellent things in his career and showed plenty of promise with The Tykes, but it is hard to look past Cauley Woodrow and Daryl Dike.
The former has been an excellent servant to the football club and has shone during every season, whilst the acquisition of Dike turned Barnsley into a play-off competing team last time out.