With the season less than two weeks away, Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom will hope that his side is almost complete ahead of his side’s opening encounter against Bristol City.
What Heckingbottom cannot control however, are rival bids for his players, and a reported offer from Swansea for full back Andy Yiadom will have caused concern amongst the manager and his backroom staff.
With just a year remaining on his contract, Heckingbottom will be extremely tempted to cash in on the player, and will surely refuse to stand in the way of what is a fantastic opportunity for a defender who joined the club just last year.
The 25-year-old operated on both sides of the back four last season, and his versatility was an important addition to a Tykes squad in need of quality and depth.
Defensive personnel have been added this summer, and new man Zeki Fryers will fill in on one side of the back four, whilst Heckingbottom does have a number of options for the opposite flank.
Heckingbottom failed to settle upon his second full-back last season however, and may look to the transfer market to bring in a fresh face, meaning that he will have an almost entirely new back line for the season opener.
Yiadom was extremely consistent and impressive for a Barnsley side that threatened a play-off spot in the first half of the campaign, and the Ghanaian international will be a huge loss to the Yorkshire club.
Finding a player of Yiadom’s standard will be a struggle this close to the season, but Barnsley fans can expect their club to dip into the market before the deadline at the start of September.
Barnsley fans, should your club cash in now or let Yiadom walk for free next summer?