Barnsley have had a tricky start to 2019 with the loss of star man Brad Potts to Championship Preston North End putting a significant dent in their promotion ambitions.
The Tykes have been impressive, if somewhat inconsistent under Daniel Stendel in League One this season, currently sitting in fifth place in the table with 25 matches played and five points behind second-placed Luton Town.
This weekend sees them come up against midtable Burton Albion at Oakwell and, with Sunderland facing Luton, represents a good chance for them to close the gap on the teams above.
The January transfer window does, of course, offer them the chance to boost their chances of promotion by bringing in some impressive new talent, which, you suspect, they will have to after losing Potts.
You cannot afford to waste time in the winter window so here are five players that Barnsley should submit enquiries for next week…
The Scunthorpe winger has been consistently brilliant in the third tier and Barnsley should consider making a bid for him.
He is a player with an end product to die for with four goals and four assists for the struggling Iron already this season.
Peterborough seem likely to listen to offers for the versatile attacker with Maddison expected to have left in the previous two windows.
The winger has hit over 20 assists in League One in the past two seasons and could well give the Tykes an edge over their promotion rivals.
The talented 19-year-old would be the ideal successor to Potts’ throne at Oakwell.
Brilliant with his feet with a sharp head in and around the box, he would slot straight into the void left by the now Preston attacker.
Some added firepower is never a bad thing and with Kieffer Moore proving slightly injury prone at the moment could well be needed.
Norwood has scored 16 goals already in League Two this season and could add the depth in goals needed to seal promotion back to the second tier for Barnsley.
Dobson moved to Walsall just over a year ago and has been one of League One’s stand-out defensive midfielders since.
With all due respect to the Sadlers, he should be playing towards the top end of the third-tier table so it could be well worth the Tykes’ time enquiring about his availability.