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Opinion: Barnsley have the firepower and now the strikers have some confidence

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When Barnsley lost Sam Winnall to Sheffield Wednesday, it initially seemed catastrophic.

Winnall was one of a number of high profile names to exit Oakwell last month, alongside captain Conor Hourihane and promising youngster James Bree.

However, the job that Paul Heckingbottom is doing at Barnsley is remarkable and it is going under the radar.

He used to exit of Sam Winnall to galvanise his forwards and spur them on to achieve better.

Barnsley have not been short of goals this season and even though Winnall was their top scorer, his exit has allowed Tom Bradshaw and Adam Armstrong to step up to the plate and fill his boots.

These two are promising young forwards who shone in League One last season, just like Winnall.

Tom Bradshaw netted 17 goals to guide Walsall to within an inch of automatic promotion but he joined Barnsley in the summer after the Tykes triumphed ahead of Walsall in the play-offs.

Adam Armstrong carried Coventry City and scored 20 goals for the Sky Blues, who were initially looking set for promotion but plummeted down the league later in the season.

Both of these players proved their worth at a lower level to earn their chance at a higher level and they shouldn’t be ashamed of their achievements so far.

The Aston Villa game was evidence that these two young stars are improving each game and now that they have a bit more license up front and some confidence, the sky is the limit.

Bradshaw netted his sixth and seventh goals of the season as Barnsley beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, with Armstrong notching the other.

At the age of 20, Armstrong is a tremendous talent and he has hit 5 league goals this season.

However, the England youth international offers so much more than goals with his pace, clever runs and tireless work ethic.

These two strikers will only get better and Barnsley can be excited about the remainder of the season, even though Winnall has left.

Barnsley fans – what do you think of this? Do you have faith in Bradshaw and Armstrong? Can they kick on after the Villa game? Let us know in the comments below…


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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