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‘He could thrive there’ – Barnsley readying move for League one striker: Opinion

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Barnsley are one of the clubs interested in signing MK Dons striker, Chuks Aneke according to TEAMtalk. 

The report also claims that Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth are interested in a move to sign the former Arsenal man.

It’s clear to see why Aneke is attracting interest as well, with the 25-year-old netting 19 goals in all competitions for the League Two side as they won promotion last season.

He played a starring role in their promotion-winning season, although he could be set for a move into the Championship for the first time in his career.

MK Dons are believed to have offered Aneke a new contract after clubs registered their interest in signing him, although it remains to be seen as to what progress has been made in those talks.

Barnsley will be hoping to settle into life in the Championship, after winning an immediate promotion last season and they see Aneke as a player that would add quality to their side.

But would Aneke be a good signing for Daniel Stendel’s side?

We discuss….

Louie Chandler: 

“It can’t hurt can it?

“As good as Barnsley were in attack last season, it was not an attack that possessed a particular amount of depth. In terms of strikers, only Cauley Woodrow and Kieffer Moore consistently played in that role.

“Aneke would go some way to addressing that problem. A few question marks will remain over his ability to cut it in the Championship, having never played at that level, but signing somebody for nothing who has just scored 17 league goals in a single season is a no-brainer no matter which level you’re playing at.

“Daniel Stendel will be hoping he arrives, if he does, with a burning desire to show he can cut it in the Championship, if not higher.”

George Harbey: 

“I think that this is the type of signing that Barnsley should be looking at as they look to cement their place in the Championship.

“Daniel Stendel’s side play lovely football, but they have a powerful target man in Kieffer Moore up front, who gives them a different dimension going forward.

“They do need to strengthen their attacking options, and signing a player of Aneke’s goalscoring abilities and physical prowess could be a fantastic addition for the Tykes.

“He’s strong, quick and powerful, and he could thrive there.”

Gary Hutchinson: 

“I can’t see Aneke being a good signing for the Tykes.

“He scored a few goals last season, but he didn’t have effect games on a regular basis.

“His attitude wasn’t right at the start of the campaign either, he wanted a move away and only kicked on when it became clear he wasn’t going to get one.

“When Kieffer Moore is fit, him and Woodrow should be good enough to lead the line. Aneke wouldn’t fit in at all.”

Kealan Hughes: 

“Aneke had a brilliant reputation as a youngster at Arsenal, and he has finally started to realise some of that with MK Dons, albeit in League Two.

“He has the physicality, intelligence and finishing to still be a great striker, and he is still relatively young so he could improve further. The worry would be that he has only performed at one club.

“It is a big jump up to the Championship, and Barnsley need a more proven striker to play alongside Moore if they are to stay up. If Barnsley were still in League One, it would be a great signing.

“However, he would be a good option from the bench, so it is a transfer that could work out for both parties.”


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