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Opinion: Barnsley should swoop for 28-year-old in the event of West Brom’s successful Cauley Woodrow pursuit



Barnsley have a decision to make when it comes to strikers in the winter transfer window.

With Cauley Woodrow looking likely to depart for West Brom, according to reports, it will leave the Tykes with a gap upfront – but with the funds to sign a player that could replace the outgoing forward.

After selling Conor Chaplin to Ipswich, too, they should have some money in the bank to be able to find someone who can bag goals for the side. Woodrow has been unable to bag them as regularly as he used to, so a refresh up front could actually benefit the club.

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But which player could they target as a replacement for him?

There are a few options for the side. They could try and secure a short-term deal for a young Premier League talent but it would only be a season-long loan and they would have to then sign someone anyway in summer.

They could sign a player from abroad but they might not be in a position in the table right now to convince anyone to jump over to England, with the Tykes looking like they could be relegated to League One. There are certainly some options over there but they could be a bit on the expensive side in terms of fees and wages.

Perhaps then, the club should look lower down the Football League in their hunt for a new forward. Step up Freddie Ladapo, who is having a superb season at Rotherham.

The 28-year-old player is not the most prolific goalscorer at the Millers – that would fall to Michael Smith this season – so it means that if the club can keep hold of Smith, then they may be more inclined to do business for Ladapo.

If there’s the funds to be able to put a decent offer on the table for the player too, then Rotherham may not be in a position to turn it down.

For Barnsley, the signing of the forward could produce more goals this season. He has proven he can bag on a regular basis in League One and has even scored in the second tier too. In 108 games for Rotherham so far, he has a return of 37 strikes and before that, the forward had 19 in 49 for Plymouth.

He can score goals then and with his experience of the EFL already – and the fact he is only a year older than Woodrow – means it would be a fairly decent replacement upfront for now.

For Barnsley, the club may prefer younger options or a name from abroad. However, until the club are out of the relegation places, the Tykes may have to settle for a player who is reliable in the EFL and could certainly help get them out of the drop zone this season.

Writer for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Opinion: Barnsley should swoop for 28-year-old in the event of West Brom’s successful Cauley Woodrow pursuit

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