Barnsley will be hoping they can survive in the Championship once again this season, in what has already been a challenging league campaign to date.
The Tykes only confirmed their survival in the second-tier last season on the final day, after a dramatic win over (at the time) promotion-chasing Brentford at Griffin Park.
But Barnsley have lost some key players over the summer, with the likes of Jacob Brown leaving the club in favour of a move to Stoke City.
Barnsley haven’t exactly hit the ground running on the pitch in terms of results either, as they’re currently sat 21st in the Championship table after their opening four matches.
However, the club have recently announced that Gerhard Struber has left his role in charge of the club, as he moves to sign for MLS side New York Red Bulls.
This has thrown their season into some disarray, with no new manager being appointed as of yet, as they head towards their next fixture against Bristol City this weekend.
But one player who potentially isn’t going to be available for selection for that match against the Robins is Cauley Woodrow, who could be set to leave the Yorkshire-based club.
It has been reported by Wales Online that Cardiff City are locked in talks with Barnsley over a potential deal to sign Woodrow before the summer transfer window slams shut on Friday evening.
The 25-year-old has been a crucial member of the Barnsley squad over the years, and you have to feel as though the Tykes wouldn’t be playing their football in the Championship this term if it wasn’t for Woodrow’s contribution in front of goal.
The former Fulham forward netted 14 league goals in 40 appearances last season for Barnsley, and with Jacob Brown also leaving the club earlier in the summer transfer window, you do have to fear for the club’s survival chances this term.
There would be little begrudging Woodrow of a move to a club that are better-placed to mount a serious challenge for promotion into the Premier League this term, which Cardiff City are, having finished in the top-six last season under the management of Neil Harris.
But you have to look at the impact Woodrow’s potential departure is likely to have on Barnsley, which is a sizeable one in terms of results on the pitch.
Barnsley are struggling for a positive results on the pitch whilst Woodrow is available for selection, so you couldn’t blame the Oakwell faithful fearing the worst if their star man was to leave the club before Friday’s deadline.
Conor Chaplin and Patrick Schmidt are the other recognised options that Barnsley have available to them at this moment in time, which aren’t dreadful options by any stretch of the imagination, but when you compare them to a striker of Woodrow’s quality, there is a sizeable gap.
If Woodrow is to depart, then it’s vital that the club reinvest some of the funds from his exit, otherwise it seems inevitable that they’re going to be up against it for the remainder of this year’s league campaign.