It goes without saying that the 2021/22 season is surely one that anyone of a Barnsley persuasion would rather forget sooner rather later.
A dismal campaign that failed to really get going under Markus Schopp or Poya Asbaghi saw the Tykes comfortably relegated from the Championship with several games to spare, a far cry from their spectacular run to the play-offs just last season.
But with that return to League One now confirmed, the club can at least start planning for their return to the third-tier, and put some ideas in place for what the squad ought to look like under Asbaghi’s eventual replacement.
As well as bringing players in to try and strengthen the side, there will also be the issue of potential departures for those key players who currently remain at Oakwell.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at whether Barnsley should be looking to sell or keep those individuals, who could potentially attract interest during the summer transfer window.
Sell: Carlton Morris
One player who Barnsley could find hard to keep come the summer is Carlton Morris, who is one of the few at the club to have some credit in tact after what has happened this season.
The attacker missed a significant portion of the campaign through injury, and given he did score seven goals and provide three assists in 27 games when fit, things could have at least been somewhat better for Barnsley during the current campaign.
As a result, there are some clubs who may be willing to pay a fee for Morris this month, with it being reported that several in the Championship are keen on the 26-year-old, who will be in the final year of his Barnsley contract this year, making this the club’s last chance to receive a fee for the attacker.
Sell: Callum Styles
Another player who Barnsley may have to accept will move on from Oakwell in the summer, is midfielder Callum Styles.
It has been reported that Championship duo Blackburn and Nottingham Forest, as well as MLS side New York Red Bulls, all made bids of around £1.5million for the 22-year-old, and that Barnsley may have accepted those offers had the player pushed for a move.
Given he may be reluctant to drop down to League One, Styles may now be inclined to push for that switch elsewhere, meaning the Tykes may soon find themselves accepting a bid from elsewhere this summer.
Sell: Callum Brittain
Having also attracted interest from several Championship sides such as Blackburn, Stoke and Swansea in January, Brittain is another that Barnsley may be forced to let go in the summer.
That level of interest could generate something of a bidding war for the right-back, which could in turn lead to some rather lucrative offers coming Barnsley’s way.
Those funds will be appealing to the Tykes in the situation, especially given the 24-year-old is another who will be in the final year of his contract come the end of this season.
Keep: Cauley Woodrow
Woodrow is another who has been linked with moves elsewhere in the past, but Barnsley may still feel they could retain the attacker.
After a quieter campaign that has seen him find the net just four times in 26 league games, other clubs may be not be quite as inclined to make a move for the 27-year-old this time around.
The striker’s leadership as club captain could also be important in what is a challenging period for the club, and having previously thrived in League One at Oakwell, he could be key to any hopes their might be of a swift promotion back to the second-tier.