No fewer than 11 players left Oakwell over the summer, after Barnsley won promotion back to the Championship. Life back in the second-tier has proved difficult so far, with the Tykes not winning since the opening day of the campaign.
One of the 11 players to leave the club over the summer was 27-year old goalkeeper Adam Davies, who over five seasons made 184 league appearances Barnsley, winning promotion the Championship twice in that time.
Davies played 42 of the Tykes’ 46 league games during their promotion-winning season last term, keeping 19 clean sheets and was named in both the EFL League One team of the Season and the PFA League One Team of the Season.
Since arriving at the bet365 Stadium, Davies has made little impact on the side and has not made one league appearance for the first team, whilst only making the bench on one occasion this term.
Other being name on the bench in City’s three EFL Cup games, Davies has only managed three appearances in the club’s under-23s side and has found himself down the pecking order behind Jack Butland and Adam Federici.
A factor in Davies not being given a chance could be the fact that the Potters failed to sell Jack Butland over the summer with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace both reportedly interested in the England international.
Davies had been tipped to be Butland’s replacement but has found himself anything but, with the England man remaining at the bet365 Stadium.
Even after then, manager Nathan Jones dropped Butland for the game against Leeds United back in August, Davies still found himself missing from the first-team squad.
Although only being one game in, that trait seemed to continue under new manager Michael O’Neil who couldn’t find a place for Davies when they travelled to Oakwell on Saturday.
Davies has reasons to be optimistic however, as Butland will no doubt be subject to transfers rumours and links of the January transfer window and the 26-year old’s potential departure could leave the door open to Davies.
The 27-year old has been named in Ryan Giggs’ latest Wales squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary but will most likely feature on the bench behind Wayne Hennessey and Danny Ward.
Birmingham City, Hull City, Brentford and Bristol City were all reportedly interested in the goalkeeper over the summer before the Welshman opted for Stoke.
If his current situation continues, he may be left wondering “what if?” if he had opted for another side or to stay at Oakwell during the summer transfer window.