Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel has a job on his hands this summer as he looks to prepare for the challenge of the Championship next season, after a campaign that saw the Tykes achieve automatic promotion as runners-up to Champions Luton Town.
Though there is bound to be some recruitment at Oakwell this summer, Stendel will be hoping that his existing squad can make the step-up to the English second tier, with the goals from striker Cauley Woodrow crucial, having chipped in with 16 goals and two assists during the last campaign.
But how many goals will Woodrow score in the Championship next season?
“Cauley Woodrow had a great season in League One last year, scoring at over a goal every two games with 16 in 31.
“Whether Woodrow will be able to replicate that kind of form is dependent on the service he receives, but he will need to have a good season if Barnsley are to stay up.
“Woodrow is a good finisher, but hasn’t got the best record in the Championship scoring only 14 in 76 appearances.
“However, he hasn’t normally had such an influential role while in this league, so the 24-year-old might have a good chance to improve his tally.
“I think Woodrow will get to 10 but, considering that Barnsley will have it tough in the Championship, anything more than 15 will be a tough ask.
“I reckon 14 goals for Woodrow next season.”
“Barnsley were a high scoring side last year with only two other teams in the division scoring more, and despite the step up in quality manager Daniel Stendel will probably not adapt his style a great deal.
“That would be good news for Woodrow, who thrives off service and linking up with his team mates. The 24-year-old scored an impressive 16 goals in 31 appearances and although he has never scored at the same rate in the Championship, next year could be his time to shine.
“He is settled now and has a club, manager and team mates who believe in him. That has given him the confidence to do well and score goals and that should continue.
“He is capable of being a 20-goal a season striker one day, but since it is Barnsley’s first season back in the second-tier it is more likely that he will score 15-20, which would be a very good return.”
“I’ve never been overly impressed with Woodrow in the Championship, and his record isn’t the best when he’s been in the second-tier.
“However, it sometimes takes a player to drop down a division to find themselves, and that could well be the case with the Barnsley man.
“16 goals for the Tykes will have boosted his confidence, and he will be playing in a side looking to do things the right way next season under Daniel Stendel.
“If he and his teammates hit the ground running, Woodrow might well reach double figures again.”