Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay is being heavily linked with a possible switch to Championship sides Leeds and Aston Villa this summer, as well as Scottish giants Celtic.
In our latest six-point opinion piece, FLW writer Gary Hutchinson is quizzed on all aspects of the link, from his strengths to his background and his suitability for a such a big move.
Who is Liam Lindsay?
Lindsay is a Scottish 23-year-old centre back currently playing his trade with Barnsley in League One.
He’s 6ft 3in tall and is a commanding presence in the centre of defence. He’s tough in the tackle, but has aerial prowess too.
What is his history so far?
He started his career up in Scotland with Partick Thistle, spending time on loan with Alloa and Airdrie.
He later moved to Barnsley, turning down Oxford, and played for them last season in the Championship as they were relegated.
Serie B side Brescia showed interest in him in the summer but he chose to remain at Oakwell and help them fight for an immediate return to the second-tier.
How’s he been playing this season?
Very well. He impressed last season too, playing 42 times in a turbulent season for the Tykes. This season he’s been looking composed and assured, it’s often easy to forget he’s only 23.
He’s been one of their best performers and along with Ethan Pinnock, the bedrock of their automatic promotion hopes. He’s played 41 times, but Villa should be aware he likes a booking. He’s seen yellow on 12 separate occasions.
Would he fit in at Aston Villa?
He’s tall, tough tackling and has Championship experience, so there’s no reason why not. He’s young enough to develop and he’s only going to do that by playing better opposition.
Whether he would be as good as Tyrone Mings is another matter entirely, but he’s got the potential to be a valuable squad player for Dean Smith.
What are the potential snags?
Other clubs coming in for him would be the main worry.
The biggest threat has to be Celtic. They’re a huge club and being Scottish, they’d surely be a big draw for Lindsay. They’ve been linked with him too and that might scupper Villa’s chances.
There’s also the possibility of promotion for Barnsley. If they go up, might he be tempted to remain at the club and fight for a top six spot next season?
Can you see the deal being completed?
At this stage, I’m not sure he’d choose Villa. There are too many different variables to say for certain. If Villa went up, he’d be a reserve at best and that wouldn’t serve him best.
The sensible move would be to Parkhead with Celtic. He’d be closer to an international call up and he’d almost certainly be a first team player there.